No. 12 Air Force hosts Sacred Heart, Nov. 21-22

Falcons are 10-0 overall, 8-0 in the AHA; The only unbeaten and untied team in the nation


Josh Frider

Nov. 18, 2008

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This Week No. 12/12 Air Force (10-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the AHA) hosts a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series with Sacred Heart (2-6-2, 2-4-2 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at the Cadet Ice Arena. Friday's game begins at 7:05 p.m. MT while Saturday's game starts at 7:35 p.m.

Radio/Internet Both games will be broadcast live in Colorado Springs on KCS AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. The pregame show begins 20 minutes prior to faceoff. Tony Desiere will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide the analysis. The games will also be video streamed live with audio by the B2 Network on a subscription basis. For more information, please go to the Atlantic Hockey Association web-site at AtlanticHockeyOnline.com. No television.

Last Week Air Force swept Holy Cross, 1-0 in overtime and 5-1, in Worcester, Mass. Sacred Heart split a two-game series with AIC, losing 5-4 in overtime at AIC and winning 4-0 at home

Rankings The Falcons are ranked 12th in both the USCHO/CBS College Sports poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll. The Falcons entered the USCHO/CBS College Sports poll on Oct. 27 at No. 17. Air Force entered the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll on Nov. 3 at No. 14 marking the first time in school history Air Force has been in the top 15 of both polls. Air Force is also No. 11 this week in the Inside Hockey.com power rankings.

Inside the Rankings Air Force's No. 12 national ranking is the highest ever by an Atlantic Hockey or MAAC team. The ranking is the second highest ever by a team not from one of the "Big Four" conferences (WCHA, CCHA, ECAC and Hockey East) and the highest since Niagara was No. 11 in both polls late in the 1999-00 season.

The Coaches Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his 12th season as the head coach of Air Force. He has led the Falcons to back-to-back conference championships and NCAA berths. Serratore is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey with a record of 180-201-30 and a career mark of 229-293-39 in his 16th year. Shaun Hannah (Cornell, 1994) is in his 13th year with the Pioneers with a school and overall record for 182-187-36. He has led SHU to a top five finish in the league each of the last five seasons.

10-0 First Time Since ... Air Force's 10-0 start is the best in school history. The previous best start was 8-0 in 1971-72.

School-Record Winning Streak The 10-game winning streak is the longest in school history vs. Division I teams. The previous long was a six-game Division I winning streak in the 2006-07 championship season. The streak also ties the school-record winning streak vs. teams from all divisions. The 1974-75 team also won 10 straight.

And Then There Was One Air Force is the only undefeated and untied team in the nation. Air Force's 10-game winning streak is the longest winning streak and longest unbeaten streak in the nation.

The FLO Line The Falcons' line of Frider, Lamoureux and Olson has dominated this season. The "FLO" line is the top scoring line in the nation. Jacques Lamoureux (center) and Brent Olson (right wing) are tied for the national lead with 19 points and 1.90 points per game. Josh Frider (left wing) is 16th in the country with 1.40 points per game (12 points). Air Force has scored 47 goals in the eight games and the FLO line has scored 22 of them. The trio ranks 1-2-3 in the league in scoring.

Scouting the Opponents Sacred Heart (Fairfield, Conn.) is 2-6-2 overall this season and 2-4-2 in the league. After getting swept by Air Force to open the season, the Pioneers were blanked twice at Notre Dame (3-0 and 7-0). SHU rebounded to take three points from RIT at home. Last week, SHU lost at AIC in overtime (5-4) and won the next night at home 4-0. The team is 0-4 on the road this season. Senior Eric Giosa leads the team with four goals and seven points. Senior Stefan Drew has played 77 percent of the minutes in net and has a 3.68 GAA and a .888 saves percentage.

Series with Sacred Heart Air Force leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart, 7-1-3, in the series that begun in 2000. As Atlantic Hockey opponents, AFA leads the series 4-1-2. Six of the 11 games in the series have gone into overtime. Air Force is 2-0-2 in games played at the Academy. The last meeting was in 2006, AFA's first season in the AHA. The teams skated to back-to-back overtime ties (3-3 and 1-1). Earlier this season, AFA swept Sacred Heart in Connecticut, 4-1 and 4-3 in overtime.

Conference Streaks Among Longest in NCAA History Air Force's current nine-game conference winning streak (dating back to last season) is the 15th longest in NCAA history. RPI holds the NCAA record for the longest conference winning streak (ECAC) at 25 games from Nov. 17-1984-Nov. 15, 1985. AFA's current 13-game conference unbeaten streak ties as the ninth longest in NCAA history. Maine holds the NCAA record with a 34-game conference unbeaten streak (Hockey East) from Jan. 25, 1992-Feb. 13, 1993. The 13-game conference unbeaten streak dates back to a 3-1 loss at Mercyhurst, Feb. 8, 2008.

Road Winning Streak Among Longest in NCAA History Air Force's current nine-game road winning streak (not including neutral site games) is the 21st longest in NCAA history. In the NCAA record book, this streak includes road games only and not neutral site games. Boston University has the longest road winning streak in NCAA history at 20 games. AFA's current streak is the longest since Wisconsin had a 10-game road winning streak in 2006. Since 1991, no team in NCAA history has had a road winning streak longer than 10 games. AFA's current streak dates back to a 3-1 loss at Mercyhurst, Feb. 8, 2008.

Home Streaks Air Force is riding a couple of impressive home streaks. The Falcons are currently on a seven-game home winning streak dating back to a 2-2 overtime tie with AIC, Feb. 29, 2008. The streak is the longest in school history vs. Division I teams. The school record winning streak vs. teams from all divisions is 13 set in 1974-75. AFA is currently on an 11-game unbeaten streak at home dating back to a 4-3 overtime loss to RIT, Jan. 12, 2008. The streak started with a 5-2 win over No. 4 Denver, Jan. 18. The last time Air Force lost a home game in regulation has been more than one year ago, a 5-3 loss to Mercyhurst, Nov. 2, 2007 (a streak of 20 games).

Nation's Top Scoring Team Air Force is the top scoring team in the nation, averaging 4.70 goals per game. Air Force has scored three or more goals in nine of the 10 games and has scored five or more in six of the 10. Boston University is second in the nation in scoring, averaging 4.25 goals per game.

Best in the Nation Sophomore Jacques Lamoureux and Brent Olson are tied for the national lead with 19 points (1.90 per game). Lamoureux, a center from Grand Forks, N.D., leads the nation in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (4) and is second with 11 goals. Olson leads the nation in assists with 16 Senior Greg Flynn is tied as the top scoring defenseman in the nation with 1.30 points per game (2-11-13 in 10 games).

 

 

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