Falcons travel to DU Cup
This Week: Air Force (9-5-2, 3-3 CHA) heads north on I-25 for the annual Wells Fargo Denver Cup, Jan. 1-2, at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo. The Falcons play the national champion, and seventh-ranked, Denver Pioneers, Saturday, Jan. 1 at 7:05 p.m. AFA will then face either Northeastern or 12th-ranked Colgate on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 4:05 or 7:05 p.m.
Radio/Internet: Both games of the Denver Cup will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and also at www.AirForceSports.com.
Television: The Denver game will be televised live by Fox Sports Rocky Mountain on Adelphia Channel 35 and DirecTV Channel 645.
School-Record Road-Winning Streak: Air Force's current six-game road winning streak set a new school record. The Falcons swept Robert Morris, Nov. 19-20, won both games at the Rensselaer Tournament, Nov. 26-27, and then swept AIC, Dec. 10-11. The previous school record was a four-game road winning streak set several times. The most recent came in 2001 when the Falcons swept at Army and won both games at the UConn Tournament.
Close Games Becoming Habit: Close games are becoming a habit for Air Force, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Eight of Air Force's 16 games this season have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. Two games have ended in a tie while six have been decided by one goal. In those games, Air Force is 5-1. The only one-goal loss came against Wayne State, 3-2, Dec. 4. Over the last two years, the Falcons have not fared well in one-goal games. AFA was 3-6 last year and 2-6 in 2002-03.
Foster Leads Nation: Sophomore goalie Peter Foster recorded his fifth shutout of the season in the win AIC, Dec. 11. Foster leads the nation with five shutouts this season. No other player has more than three shutouts this season. In fact, just three goaltenders in the nation have three shutouts this year, Vermont freshman Joe Fallon, Maine junior Joe Howard and Minnesota sophomore Kellen Briggs. Foster's five Division I shutouts is a new school record. He also tied the school record of five against all teams set by Marc Kielkucki in 1998-99.