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.

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