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Air Force hosts Holy Cross, Feb. 11-12

This week: Air Force (11-13-2, 9-9-2 AHA) hosts Holy Cross (8-19-2, 6-12-2 AHA), in a two-game conference series, Friday through Saturday Feb. 11-12, at Cadet Arena. Friday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. MT while Saturday’s opening puck drops at 5:05 p.m. MT.

Classification : AIC continues to lead Hockey Atlantic with 45 points, followed by Canisius, RIT and Bentley. The Air Force is tied for sixth with 29 points. Holy Cross, winner of two of its last three including a win over league leaders AIC, is in 10th place with 19 points.

About Crusaders: Holy Cross (8-19-2, 6-12-2 AHA) has won three of its last six games by margins against Army, AIC and Sacred Heart. The win over first-place AIC (January 30) ended the Yellow Jackets’ 11-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. The Crusaders separated from the Sacred Heart last weekend. Ryan Leibold leads the team with eight goals and 20 points. Matt Radomsky has seen the most action between the pipes and has a 2.45 GAA and .908 save percentage. Bill Riga is in his first season with the Crusaders. Riga spent 13 seasons at Quinnipiac, helping lead the Bobcats to five ECAC regular season championships, six NCAA Tournament appearances, two Frozen Fours and two NCAA National Championship games during his 13 years.

Series against Holy Cross: The Air Force and Holy Cross have played 53 times and the Air Force hold a 24-15-14 lead in the series that began in 1993. As Atlantic Hockey rivals, the teams have played 38 times and Air Force leads AHA series, 16-11 -11. The teams did not play last season due to COVID protocols. The teams last met in the 2019-20 season. Holy Cross swept the series in Worcester (3-1 and 2-1). The Falcons last met in Colorado with a win and a tie, Dec. 6-7, 2019. Over the past 10 games, Holy Cross has held a 5-2-3 advantage since 2016. On Air Strength, the Falcons hold a 15-6-4 advantage. At Holy Cross, the series is tied at 9-9-10. AF is 2-0 at neutral sites.

Fast hitters
* Air Force is 6-2 in its last eight games since Jan. 3
* The Air Force has earned conference points in all but one conference series (AIC) since Thanksgiving
* The Falcons picked up two points in the overtime win over Canisius on Saturday, February 5
* Air Force is 4-0-2 in overtime this season and is undefeated in the last eight overtime games
* The Air Force is 9-1-1 when it scores the first goal this season.
* Falcons have overtime wins the past two Saturdays (Army and Canisius)
* Senior Alex Schilling made a season-high 39 saves on Saturday, the second of his career
* Second year Does Gavin scored the winner of extra time on Saturday. He scored two goals in the match.
* Gavin has one point in seven straight games and is tied for the conference lead in goals (13) and wins (4).
* First-year student Clayton Cosentino has a point in four consecutive games
* Second year Nate Horn has a point in six of his last seven games”
* Youth Brandon Koch leads the conference with 19 assists this season. He had two in the opener at Canisius and had four assists in his last three games.