Two streaks ended for Air Force last weekend, when the Falcons hosted the American International Yellow Jackets. On Friday, AIC game back from a two-goal deficit to win 5-3. It was the first time in 21 attempts that the Yellow Jackets had defeated the Falcons.
Whatever adjustments made by Air Force Frank Serratore and his squad worked to perfection on Saturday, with the Falcons posting a dominating 12-0 win in the rematch.
The only bad news on Saturday for Air Force is that the game didn’t sell out, breaking a streak of 10 straight sellouts at Cadet Arena (capacity: 2,470) dating back to last season. The Falcons also sold out 11 games in a row during a stretch that spanned the the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons, and have 20 sellouts in their last 27 games.
“This team has been through hell the last couple weeks losing our first four games,” said Serratore after the game on Saturday. “Some of that was self-inflicted, but it was sure nice to get this one tonight. It is certainly nice to have this kind of performance going into an off week. We can get rid of that bitter taste we had in our mouths.”
Speaking of crowds:
Air Force has sold a whopping 1,258 season tickets so far this season, putting it well ahead of RIT, which has the second most at 675.
Click here to see the attendance so far of all Division I teams.
Player of the Week
As with the first two weeks of the season, five points is the magic number for POTW honors.
Kyle Gibbons – Canisius
The rookie from Westlake, Ohio had three goals and two assists in pair of wins last week. He got two goals, including the game winner in a 5-2 win over Mercyhurst and then chipped in a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win at Sacred Heart.
Jacques Lamoureux – Air Force
Also had the magic five point weekend, including his third career hat trick in a 12-0 win over AIC. The senior reached the century mark in that game and now was 103 career points.
Stephen Caple – Air Force
The junior made his first career start on Saturday and posted a 23-save shutout against AIC.
Cole Schnieder- Connecticut
The Freshman had two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-2 victory at Army.
Getting My Vote
My USCHO.com Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week:
9. Michigan State
10. North Dakota
12. Notre Dame
19. Robert Morris
20. Western Michigan