Air Force is the fourth seed in the Northeast Regional in the NCAA Hockey Championships. The Falcons will face No. 1 seed Miami (Ohio), Saturday, March 29, at 4:05 p.m. ET at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The game will be televised on ESPN U.
Air Force, 21-11-6 overall, is making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Falcons, the Atlantic Hockey Association champions, are 0-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament after losing a heartbreaker to top-seeded Minnesota, 4-3, in the NCAA West Regional in Denver last season.
The Falcons, the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, won the AHA Championship with a 5-4 double overtime victory over fifth-seeded Mercyhurst, March 16, in Rochester, N.Y.
Air Force has played in Worcester several times as the city is home to the Holy Cross Crusaders from the AHA. However, the Falcons have never played in the DCU Center. AFA is 3-2-3 all-time in Worcester.
The Falcons have played Miami (32-7-1), twice all-time and are 1-1 vs. the RedHawks, but have not met since the 2003-04 season. The teams first met in the season opener of the 2002-03 season and Miami defeated Air Force, 12-1, in the first game of the Lefty McFadden Tournament, Oct. 4, 2002, in Dayton, Ohio. The next season, Air Force beat 21st-ranked Miami, 2-0, in the consolation game of the Nye Frontier Classic, Oct. 18, 2003, in Anchorage, Alaska. Miami lost to Michigan, 2-1, in the championship game of the CCHA, Saturday, March 22.