Air Force off until Jan. 2-3
Dec. 21, 2009
This Week Air Force (8-6-4, 8-2-4 AHA) is off until Jan. 2-3 at Sacred Heart at 7:05 p.m. EST in Milford, Conn.
Radio/Internet Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at GoAirForceFalcons.com. Pregame show is at 4:35 p.m. MST with faceoff at 5:05 p.m. MST each day. Both games will be video streamed with audio by the B2 Network on a subscription basis. For more information, please go to AtlanticHockeyOnline.com
The Coach Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his 13th season as the Falcons' head coach. He has led the Falcons to three straight conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths. Winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey with a record of 206-218-36 (13th year at AFA) and a career mark of 255-310-45 (17th year)
Unbeaten Streak Ends, But Still Tied for First Air Force's 10-game unbeaten streak was tied as the longest in the nation on Dec. 12. AFA was 6-0-4. However, the 3-1 loss to Mercyhurst, Dec. 12, ended AFA's longest unbeaten streak since the beginning of the 2008-09. season The streak began after a 3-1 loss at Canisius on Oct. 31
Special Teams Are Special --- Both Units Top 20 in Nation
Both of Air Force's special teams units are among the best in the nation. The penalty kill is third in the nation, first in the AHA, at 90.7. AFA has killed 55 if the last 59 opponent power plays, including all 12 against Mercyhurst. AFA has killed 15 straight opponent power plays. AFA had a streak of 24 consecutive kills before UConn scored a power play goal on Nov. 20 Twelve times (in 18 games) Air Force has held its opponents without a power play goal. Just twice have the Falcons allowed more than one PPG The power play ranks 17th in the nation at 20.9. AFA has spent most of the season in the nation's top 10. In the 18 games this season, Air Force has scored a power play goal 14 times, including four times with more than one power-play goal Air Force is 4-3-2 when winning the battle of special teams this season. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, AFA is 53-5-8 when winning the special teams battle and 8-29-4 when losing it.