Falcons off until Dec. 29-30 at Mariucci Classic

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    Dec. 13, 2012

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    This Week Air Force (5-7-3 overall and 4-4-2 AHA) is off until Dec. 29-30 when the Falcons travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the annual Mariucci Classic. Air Force will face third-ranked Minnesota on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Falcons will then play Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday., Dec. 30 at 4:05 p.m. CT.

    The Last Meeting
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    Air Force wins AHA Championship with 4-0 win over RIT
    Jason Torf stopped all 34 shots he faced as Air Force blanked RIT, 4-0, in the championship game of the Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament Saturday, March 16, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. With the victory, Air Force earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals next weekend, March 23-24. Air Force will find out its opponent and regional site on Sunday, at Noon ET, during the Selection Show on ESPNU.

    The Last Meeting
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    March 17, 2012
    Rochester, N.Y.
    Air Force wins AHA Championship with 4-0 win over RIT
    Jason Torf stopped all 34 shots he faced as Air Force blanked RIT, 4-0, in the championship game of the Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament Saturday, March 16, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. With the victory, Air Force earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals next weekend, March 23-24. Air Force will find out its opponent and regional site on Sunday, at Noon ET, during the Selection Show on ESPNU.

    Radio/Internet/Television Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day. Both games will be video streamed live with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college. Live stats are available at GopherSports.com.

    The Coach Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 16th season at Air Force with a record of 260-257-55 record (572 games). He is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey, having led Air Force to five AHA championships and five NCAA Tournaments in the last six years. In his 20th season as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 309-349-64 (722 games).

    Family Reunion While Frank Serratore will be running the bench for the Falcons, his son Tom will be playing for the Minnesota Gophers. Tom Serratore is a junior forward for Minnesota who has played in 16 games this season and is tied for third on the team with six goals. He has been on a tear recently as he scored a goal in both games at Colorado College, Dec. 7-8. Tom's twin brother, Tim, plays for Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Md., and is tied for second on the team with five points in 11 games.

    Minnesota Connections Air Force head coach Frank Serratore (Coleraine) and assistant coach Andy Berg (Stillwater) are both Minnesota natives. Serratore and Minnesota coach Don Lucia (Grand Rapids) grew up seven miles apart. Air Force has 11 players on the roster from the state of Minnesota: Stephen Carew (Eden Prairie), Jason Fabian (Roseau), Cole Gunner, (Richfield), Scott Holm (Plymouth), John Kruse (Eden Prairie), Mike McDonald (Mahtomedi), Paul Moberg (Forest Lake), Ben Persian (Orono), Jesse Ramsey (Rogers), Mitch Torrel (Monticello) and Trevor Waldoch (Forest Lake).

    100 for Dell Senior forward Kyle De Laurell scored his 100th career point on Dec. 7 at Bentley With four points on Dec. 7, De Laurell became the 43rd player in school history to record 100 career points. He is the first Falcon to hit the century mark since 2011 grads Jacques Lamoureux and Derrick Burnett. De Laurell has 100 career points (35-65-100) in 122 games.

    Line Production In the Bentley series, Air Force's top line of Kyle DeLaurell (LW), Stephen Carew (C) and Cole Gunner (RW) combined for 10 points (5-5-10). AFA's third line of Tony Thomas (LW), Chad Demers (C) and John Kruse (RW), combined for 12 points (4-8-12) in the Bentley series. Those two lines combined for all nine of Air Force's goals in the series

    Beating the Nation's Best Over the past six years Air Force has beaten five teams ranked in the top five in the nation at the time of the game. In 2011-12, AFA beat No. 5 Colorado College, 2-1, at the World Arena In 2010-11, Air Force's win over No. 3 Yale, 4-3, on Nov. 14, 2010 tied as the highest ranked team Air Force has ever beaten. In 2008-09, both Michigan (2-0 win in NCAA East Regional, March 27, 2009) and Colorado College (4-1 win, Nov. 28, 2008) were also No. 3. In 2008, when Air Force beat Denver, the Pioneers were ranked fourth. During that span, Air Force is 5-5 in games played against teams ranked in the top five in the country.

    Streaking Senior forward Stephen Carew has scored a goal in three straight games and has a point in five straight games. The three-game goal streak ties as the longest of his career. The five-game point streak is the longest of his career. In the last five games he has six points (3-3-6). Cole Gunner has scored in four straight games and has seven points (3-4-7) in the last four. He had a career best three points (1-2-3) vs. Bentley, Dec. 7, including his second career game-winner. Gunner has scored in seven of the last eight games. Chad Demers scored five points in the Bentley series and has a point in three of his last four games (2-4-6) Defenseman Eric Artman has scored a point in three of his last five games, including a career-best two assists against Mercyhurst, Nov. 30

     

     

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