Sophomore left wing Matt Fairchild was named the Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week for his performance vs. No. 4 Denver and No. 3 Colorado College.
Fairchild scored his first career hat trick in 5-2 win over fourth-ranked Denver. Fairchild entered the game with just three goals this season and just six in his career, but had three vs. DU. His hat trick was the first by a Falcon this season and the first since Andrew Ramsey last season vs. AIC.
The Ashburn, Va., native scored a short-handed goal in the first period to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. He also scored an empty-net goal with just under five minutes remaining to seal the 5-2 win. His efforts led Air Force win over Denver on Friday was the first win over DU since 1980, ending a 19-game losing streak to the Pioneers. The win was also the first over a WCHA team since beating Colorado College, 6-5 in overtime, in 1985 at the Broadmoor World Arena. It was also the first over a top five team since beating fourth-ranked Colorado College, 7-6 in overtime in 1975 at the Academy. The win over the No. 4 team in the nation ties as the highest ranked team Air Force has ever beaten.
Air Force, 12-8-4 overall and 9-6-3 in the AHA, travels to West Point, N.Y., for a two-game league series with Army, Friday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 27. Friday’s game starts at 8:05 p.m. on CSTV while Sunday’s game is at 4:05 p.m. on ESPN U.