Air Force (7-8-3, 3-7-2 AHC) faces a pair of in-state rivals as the Falcons host Colorado College (8-7-3, 3-5-2 NCHC) and then travel to Denver (10-4-4, NCHC). Air Force and Colorado College meet at the Cadet Ice Arena on Friday, Dec. 29, at 7:05 pm. The Falcons and Pioneers meet on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 7:05 p.m. at DU’s Magness Arena.
The Air Force-CC game on Friday, Dec. 29, at 7:05 p.m. will be televised live on CET. The game will be carried across Colorado and Utah exclusively on XFINITY channel 900. It is available to 1.2 million households in that territory. Josh Howe will call the play-by-play while Kyle Huson will be the color analyst.
The Air Force-Denver game on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 7:05 pm will be televised on Altitude Sports - Channel 54/728 HD on Comcast in Colorado Springs; Channel 413 on Dish Network and Channel 681 on DirecTV.
Every home game and every Atlantic Hockey game will be streamed on AtlanticHockey.tv or a subscription fee.
Both games will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300 and will be available online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. The game is also available on TuneIn. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day.
The Pikes Peak Trophy
The Pikes Peak Trophy, named in honor of the late John Matchefts, was jointly created in 2013 by Air Force and Colorado College and is awarded annually to the winner of the CC-Air Force game/series. Matchefts, who served stints as head coach for both Air Force (1974-85) and Colorado College (1966-71), is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Matchefts led Air Force to 151 wins, the second most in school history.
Since the Trophy’s inception in 2013, the Falcons have held it every year and have a 4-1 record vs. the Tigers. Air Force won the first two trophies with a 3-1 win over Colorado College at the World Arena in 2013 and a 3-1 win over the Tigers at the Cadet Ice Arena in 2014. In 2015, the teams played twice with each team winning 4-3 on home ice. As a result of the split, the Falcons retained the Trophy. In 2016, Air Force won the Trophy with a 6-3 win over CC at the World Arena.
Scouting the Tigers
Colorado College has already tied its most wins in a season since 2012-13 as the Tigers are 8-7-3 overall. The Tigers also won eight last season. CC is unbeaten in their last four games (1-0-3) after back-to-back ties with then-No. 1 Denver (Dec. 8-9) and earning a win and tie at home against Arizona State (Dec. 16-17). Nick Halloran leads the team with 24 points (9-15-24). Halloran’s older brother, Alex, was a four-year letterman for the Falcons as a defenseman and is a 2015 Academy graduate. Mason Bergh leads the team with 10 goals. Alex Leclerc has started every game in goal and has a .918 saves percentage and a 2.70 GAA. He was named the NCHC Goalie of the Week after two ties with Denver (Dec. 8-9).
Scouting the Pioneers
Denver is ranked second in the nation (Dec. 11) with a 10-4-4 overall record. The Pioneers, the defending national champions, were No. 1 in the nation for most of the first half, but have just one win in the last four games (1-1-2). After back-to-back ties with Colorado College (Dec. 8-9), DU split with Dartmouth (Dec. 15-16) at home. The Pioneers will host Merrimack (Dec. 29) before hosting Air Force (Dec. 30). Henrik Borgstrom leads the team with 13 goals. Borgstrom and Troy Terry are tied for the team lead with 24 points each. Senior Tanner Jaillet has started 16 of the 18 games and has a .919 saves percentage and a 2.22 GAA.