Posted on: January 16, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2010 12:41 am

Air Force at Bentley January 15-16th

Friday January 15th: Going into play, Air Force was tied with RIT for 2nd in the AHA, and one point behind first place Mercyhurst.

WATERTOWN, Mass . - Air Force tied a season high with six goals as the Falcons beat Bentley, 6-3, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday night, Jan. 15, at the John A. Ryan Center in Watertown, Mass.

Air Force improved to 10-8-5 overall and 10-4-5 in the AHA. Bentley fell to 9-9-3 overall and 7-6-2 in the league. Air Force moved into a tie for first place in the AHA with RIT, one point ahead of Mercyhurst, who lost tonight at Sacred Heart.

Air Force scored two goals in a span of 34 seconds to take a 2-0 lead in the first period. John Kruse got the Falcons on the board at the 7:26 mark of the first period. After AFA won the faceoff in the offensive end, Kruse took the puck to the net and put back his own rebound for a 1-0 lead. Thirty-four seconds later, the Falcons took a 2-0 lead on defenseman Tim Kirby's third of the season. Kirby took the puck in the neutral zone, stick-handled around two Bentley defensemen and took a shot from the right circle that beat Bentley goalie Joe Calvi. With 1:11 left in the first period, Bentley got on the board when Jamie Nudy scored on a rebound of his own shot.

Blake Page gave Air Force a 3-1 lead at the 8:53 mark of the second period. Page skated down the left wing and put back a rebound of his own shot for his third goal of the season.

Forty seconds into the third period, Kyle De Laurell skated down the left side and his shot from the bottom of the left circle beat Calvi high blocker side for a 4-1 lead. Bentley answered at 2:23 on a goal by Jeremy Robert. Robert took a pass from behind the net and cut the AFA lead to 4-2. The Falcons then scored two goals in a span of 1:42. On the power play, Bentley's Justin Kemmerer skated into the Air Force zone on a short-handed breakaway. Matt Fairchild caught the Bentley forward, took the puck away from behind, turned and race down the left wing. As he got into Bentley zone, his centering pass was right on the tape of Jeff Hajner who scored the power-play goal for a 5-2 lead at 5:57. The Falcons took a 6-2 lead at 7:39 on Matt Becker's first goal of the season. Stephen Carew found Brett Nylander in the slot who touched it over to Becker on the right post. Bentley cut the lead to 6-3 as Brett Hartung scored a 5-on-3 goal with 8:35 remaining to make up the final margin.

Air Force out-shot Bentley, 30-29, in the game. AFA was 1-for-6 on the power play while Bentley was 1-for-7. Volkening made 26 saves for AFA while Calvi had 24 for Bentley.


So, 6 different scorers for Air Force, as they jump into a tie for first place with RIT (who won 4-0 over Conecticut). Mercyhurst fell 6-3 to Sacred Heart.

Saturday, January 16th:

Andrew Volkening made 24 saves to earn his third shutout of the season as Air Force blanked Bentley, 3-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday night, Jan. 16, at the John A. Ryan Center in Watertown, Mass.

Air Force moved into sole possession of first place in the league as the Falcons improved to 11-8-5 overall and 11-4-5 in the AHA. Bentley fell to 9-10-3 overall and 7-7-2 in the league.

Air Force drew first blood at the 11:41 mark when freshman Kyle De Laurell scored his second of the weekend and his fifth of the season. Scott Kozlak made a pass from behind the net and De Laurell scored from the slot. Jeff Hajner also assisted on the play. Four minutes later, the Falcons' fourth line started a 3-on-2 rush up ice. Stephen Carew pulled up in the left circle and fed Paul Weisgarber coming down the slot for his fifth of the year. Matt Becker also assisted on the play.

Despite killing four penalties in the second period, Air Force extended its lead to 3-0 midway through the period. The fourth line scored its second goal of the night on the rush. Carew took the puck on the right wing and zipped a shot that clanked off the post and went in for his fifth of the year at the 10:46 mark. Neither team scored in the third period as Air Force had an 11-5 shot advantage.

Air Force outshot Bentley, 34-24, in the game. Volkening made 25 saves in the game for the 14th shutout of his career. Bentley's Kyle Rank made 30 saves. AFA was 0-for-5 on the power play. The Falcons, the No. 1 penalty kill unit in the nation, killed all six Bentley power plays, including four in the second period.

"This is as good a game as our team has played since I've been here," Frank Serratore said. "We only gave up a few quality chances tonight. I was really impressed with our three-period performance. Our penalty kill was awesome. We took care of the puck better tonight. I couldn't be happier. These kids played a whale of a game and not many teams will come in here and sweep these guys."



Air Force moves into first place due to a 3-2 Mercyhurst loss to Sacred Heart. RIT also lost: 2-1 to UCONN

Category: NCAA Hockey
Posted on: December 8, 2009 3:01 pm

some help please

I've had a couple of ideas for use of this blog, but I would like to know which idea would be more interesting to you, the people who would read it.

1. Game recaps for the CSU ACHA hockey team
2. Weekly reports on the Avalanche
3. Weekend recaps for the Air Force NCAA hockey team
4. If there's something you'd rather see, please suggest it

Thank you

Category: General
Posted on: September 20, 2009 2:06 am
Edited on: September 20, 2009 2:17 am

NCAA Football poll Week 3

Hello, this is a poll free from outside influences, here I will explain the format.

The baseline is the final AP poll in 2008. The only way to move down the ranking is to lose. Every undefeated team will be ranked ahead of every one-loss team. When the AP poll fails to guide my rankings, I will use my judgement. The most recent team to lose retains the highest rank. Ex. Florida loses, it falls from it's undefeated #1 ranking to the highest 1 loss ranking. I know this isn't explained terribly well, but hopefully the poll will help explain itself.

1. Florida (3-0, 0-0)
2. Texas (3-0, 1-0)
3. Alabama (3-0, 0-0)
4. TCU (2-0, 0-0)
5. Penn State (3-0, 0-0)
6.  Boise State (3-0, 1-0)
7. Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0)
8. Cincinati (3-0, 1-0)
9. Missouri (3-0, 0-0)
10. Iowa (3-0, 0-0)
11. California (3-0, 0-0)
12. Pittsburgh (3-0, 0-0)
13. LSU (3-0, 1-0)
14. Kansas (3-0, 0-0)
15. Miami (FL) (2-0, 2-0)
16. North Carolina (3-0, 0-0)
17. Houston (2-0, 0-0)
18. Michigan (3-0, 0-0)
19. Auburn (3-0, 1-0)
20. South Florida (3-0, 0-0)
21. UCLA (3-0, 0-0)
22. Kentucky (2-0, 0-0)
23. Colorado State (3-0, 0-0)
24. Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0)
25. Indiana (3-0, 0-0)
26. Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0)
27. Southern Miss (3-0, 1-0)

So, some interesting picks, but keep in mind how these rankings are measured.

Posted on: July 30, 2009 12:32 pm

Swapping Alegiances

I have been an Air Force fan my entire life, as should be evident by the past blogs. But, I recently decided to go to college. The college that makes the most sense for me to attend is Colorado State. I hope that attending a different school is a reason to swap teams. I will still follow Air Force hockey, as CSU doesn't have an NCAA team, but other than that, I probably am required to bleed the green and gold. Go Rams! and the best of luck to the Falcons, and their fans.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: February 15, 2009 8:24 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2009 8:26 pm

February 13th and 14th at Bentley

The Air Force Falcons travel to Waltham, Massachusetts to face the Bentley Falcons. Air Force enters the series in first place in the AHA at 16-4-2, 34 points, one ahead of the RIT Tigers. Overall Air Force is 19-7-2. Bentley enters in fourth- place in the AHA at 13-8-1, 27 points, and 15-12-1 overall. Bentley swept Holy Cross last weekend by identical 4-1 scores. Air Force clinches a first- round bye in the first round of the tournament with one point this weekend.


February 13:

After a scoreless first period, then a three minute flurry in the second provided some fireworks. Bentley netted two in that timeframe. Prewitt (from Westminster, CO) and Menzione scored the goals. Less than a minute later, Jaques Lamoureux scored his 24th goal of the season, and brought Air Force within one. With 3:50 left, Tim Kirby launched a one-timer that beat Bentley goalie Joe Calvi for his first career goal. With 1:33 left Brent Olson was called for a five minute cross-checking penalty. With 10 seconds left, Jeff Gumaer took a shot from the slot and Andrew Volkening made a save with the tip of his right pad. Air Force cleared the puck and Matt Fairchild raced past two Bentley players in the neutral zone. Fairchild took the puck behind the net and then centered the puck as time was running down. Phillipich skated down the slot and went five-hole for his seventh goal of the season, his second shortie and third game-winner. With these two points, Air Force has a first round bye in the AHA tournament.

February 14:

Lamoureux scored his 25th of the season 13 seconds in to give Air Force a 1-0 lead.  Bobby Preece and Dustin Cloutier scored 37 seconds apart late in the first to swing the game Bentley's way. Midway through the second Cloutier netted his 16th of the season, and second powerplay goal of the game. Dan Prewitt scored an empty net goal to end the game at 4-1. Air Force outshot Bentley 29-18 in the loss. 


In other AHA news, during the 2010-2011 season, Niagara and Robert Morris will join the AHA. Niagara and Air Force were conferance opponents in the CHA.  

Category: NCAA Hockey
Posted on: February 12, 2009 6:10 pm

February 6th and 7th vs. UCONN

Air Force entered the weekend one point behind conference leader RIT. Air Force comes in at 17-7-2 overall, 14-4-2 AHA. Connecticut's record is 6-20-1, 5-13-1 AHA.


February 6:

Good news before opening faceoff, RIT lost, so a win would give Air Force the AHA lead. Sean Bertsch netted the first goal early in the first. The Falcons then broke an 0 for 27 slump on the powerplay on a rebound that Matt Fairchild buried in the back of the net. The Falcons got sloppy in the second, and took three successive penalties. The three were killed, but during the lull after the kill, the traffic in front of Volkening proved to much, and on their fourth point blank attempt, Matt Pedemonti put UCONN on the board. Greg Flynn hit a slap shot from the point midway through the third, it hit Fairchild in the chest, and he slid it five-hole for the Falcons second powerplay goal. The Huskies began pressing and scored the final goal of the game when Sean Erickson fired a slap shot past Volks. The game ended 3-2 and Air Force retook the AHA lead. Andrew Volkening made 32 saves in the win.


February 7:

A crowd of 3,206 (in a 2,750 seat arena) extended the sell-out streak to six games. It was the ninth sell-out of the season, which passed the record set by the men's basketball team in 2006-2007. Jacques Lamoureux took center stage. On the powerplay, he took a shot from the left circle that hit the far post and bounced in. Less than two minutes later the Huskies netted a powerplay goal of their own, tieing the game at one. Lamoureux broke the tie early in the third with a breakaway from the blue line. He faked backhand, shot forehand, and gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Jaques finished his hat trick with an empty netter, he selected himself a new hat from those thrown. Sean Bertsch also had an empty net goal. The final score was 4-1. RIT also won, leaving Air Force with a one point lead in the AHA. Air Force outshot UCONN 36-20.

Category: NCAA Hockey
Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:17 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2009 9:18 pm

January 30 and 31 at Mercyhurst

First, I'd like to thank tirabi for this idea, he posts in his blog about UND hockey.

These two teams are the highest scoring in college hockey, Air Force is first at 3.96 goals per game, Mercyhurst is second at 3.76 goals per game.

The Lakers are on a tear, they swept UCONN last weekend 7-2 and 6-0, and have won 4 straight league games. Going into the weekend Air Force is ranked number 19 in both polls (assuming spare votes = ranking). They are 18th in the RPI and PairWise. They swept Army last weekend, but have struggled recently.

Air Force leads the overall series 5-4, the last meeting was in the 2008 AHA championship game, Air Force won 5-4 in double overtime.

January 30:

Air Force came out hot, scoring the first three goals of the game, and looked to be securely in control of the game, but things changed at the begining of the second period. Mercyhurst scored the next four goals quickly in the second. With less than a minute left, Jeff Hajner took a shot from the point, and Fairchild tipped it in with 55 seconds left. The game headed to overtime. Both teams traded chances, Air Force had the better flow, and forced Zapolski to make quite a few saves. The game ended in a 4-4 tie.


January 31:

Mercyhurst struck first taking a 1-0 lead. Then in typical Air Force fashion, they dominated the second period, but only managed 1 goal, a shot by Josh Frider to tie it up. Lakers goalie Zapolski had 27 saves through 2 periods. With 8 minutes left in the third, the Lakers untied it, and took a 2-1 lead. Frider found Brent Olson while shorthanded with 4:30 to go, to tie the game at 2. The series went to a third straight overtime game. Air Force had the better of play in overtime, but Gerber for Mercyhurst blocked a shot by Greg Flynn, and took it the length of the ice, deked Volkening, and scored to give the Lakers a 3-2 win.

Posted on: April 26, 2008 12:39 am
Edited on: April 26, 2008 12:40 am

Early Round 2, Stanley Cup Play-offs

All 4 series are going to be tight, one goal wins in every game (through game 1's). The 8 teams are only separated by a hair. The parity of the NHL now is amazing, no team really outperformed another, the upcoming weeks are going to be exciting.

Did you see the NBC schedule again? This weekend we have the pleasure of watching the Rangers and the Red Wings, (and the Pens) just like, oh every other week during the year (except for the Washington games), how about showing San Jose or Montreal some love? Is it really too tough to expose a Canadian team or a West coast team to the American public, or maybe, NBC can only pick 4 teams to broadcast throughout the year...


Red Wings in 7

Sharks in 5

Canadians in 7

Penguins in 6

I'm pulling for the Avalanche, but they won't get it done. The Sharks seem to have an edge over the Stars early, Turco will struggle, The Canadians will get it done in another slugging series, and the youth finds a way in Pittsburgh.

Category: NHL
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