Falcons face No. 5 Colorado College; Host No. 15 Denver
Dec. 27, 2011
This Week Air Force (9-4-2, 8-2-1 AHA) travels to the World Arena to face No. 5/6 (USA Hockey-USA Today/USCHO.com) Colorado College (11-5-0, 9-5-0 WCHA), Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:37 p.m. MT. AFA then hosts No. 15/15 Denver (8-7-3, 6-5-3 WCHA), Saturday, Dec. 31, at 6:05 p.m. at Cadet Ice Arena. Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) is in the state to face Denver on Dec. 30 and Colorado College on Dec. 31. Union is ranked 10th in both polls.
Practice Schedule/Media Availability Air Force will practice on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Cadet Ice Arena, from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Players and coach will be available before and after practice The team will practice on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Cadet Ice Arena, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Players are coach will be available before and after practice The final media availability of the week will be Thursday, Dec. 29. The team will practice at the World Arena from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. Players and coach will be available before and after practice. To schedule interviews, please contact Dave Toller at email@example.com.
Radio/Internet/Television All games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will be the color analyst. All AHA games and all home games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college.
CC and Air Force among nation's top scoring teams Colorado College leads the nation in scoring, averaging 4.19 goals per game The Tiger offense has been very consistent, scoring four or more goals in 12 of 16 games Air Force is sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 3.53 goals per game. The Falcons have scored goals in bunches with four or more goals in a game just five times. However, the Falcons have scored more than seven three times
Scouting the Tigers Colorado College is 11-5-0 overall and 9-5-0 and in third place in the WCHA The Tigers have won three straight with a win against Alaska-Anchorage and a sweep at Minnesota State, Dec. 16-17. CC has been idle since. CC started the season with four straight wins and the Tigers are 6-1 at home this season Rylan Schwartz leads the team with 16 goals and 23 points. He leads the nation in goals and is fourth in points His brother, Jaden, leads the team with 13 assists and is second with 18 points Junior Joe Howe and sophomore Josh Thorimbert have split time in the net. Howe has a 5-4 record with a 3.44 GAA and a .883 saves percentage. Thorimbert has a 6-1 record with a 2.76 GAA and a .912 saves percentage. Thorimbert has started the last three games, all CC wins.
Scouting the Pioneers
Denver is 8-7-3 overall and 6-5-3 and in fifth place in the WCHA
The Pioneers are just 2-4 in the last six games, after splitting a series at St. Cloud State, Dec. 16-17. DU has been idle since.
The Pioneers have not won or lost more than two in a row this season. The Pioneers are 3-5-1 on the road this season
Sophomore Jason Zucker leads the team with 11 goals while Drew Shore leads the team with 15 assists. The two are tied for the team lead with 24 points.
Freshman Juho Olkinuora and junior Adam Murray have split time in the net. Olkinuora has a 2-4-2 record with a 2.60 GAA and a .903 saves percentage. Murray has a 4-1-1 record with a 3.51 GAA and a .903 saves percentage. Olkinuora has stated seven straight after Murray was injured in the tie against Nebraska-Omaha, Nov. 19.
Sophomore Sam Brittain, who was DU's No. 1 goalie last season, suffered a knee injury in the playoffs last season and has not played at all this season.