U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force hockey team opens the 2014-15 season with an exhibition game on Monday, Oct. 6, against McGill University at the Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force will play 18 home games, including the exhibition game. In their ninth season in the Atlantic Hockey Association, the Falcons will play 28 conference games and will also compete in two regular-season tournaments.
The Falcons open the regular season with a two-game Atlantic Hockey series against defending regular-season champion Mercyhurst, Oct. 10-11. Air Force will then travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, for the annual Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament, Oct. 17-18, as the Falcons will face Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage. After a home conference series with RIT, the Falcons will travel to Grand Forks, N.D., to face the University of North Dakota in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The annual in-state rivalry games with Denver and Colorado College will be played Nov. 21-22. The Falcons will travel to Denver’s Magness Arena, Friday, Nov. 21. The next night, Air Force will host Colorado College, Nov. 22, at the Cadet Ice Arena.
After a pair of road conference series, and two off weeks around finals and the holidays, Air Force will compete in the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup in Burlington, VT. The Falcons will face NCAA tournament participant Vermont in the first game on Dec. 28 and will play UMass-Amherst on Dec. 29.
In the second half of the season, the Falcons will play an Atlantic Hockey Association series on nine straight weekends leading up to the AHA Playoffs which begin on March 6.
Air Force is coming off of a 21-14-7 record last season and a third-place finish in the AHA. The Falcons have won 20 or more games in five of the last seven seasons. Air Force’s entire top line (seniors Scott Holm, Chad Demers and Cole Gunner) returns from last season. Gunner, a second-team all-conference selection last season, is the team’s top returning scorer with 44 points (15-29-44). Demers was second on the team in scoring (15-26-41) while Holm was third (11-18-29).
Every regular-season and playoff game will be broadcast live in Colorado Springs on AM 1300 The Sports Animal and will be available online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. A live video stream of all AHA games and all home games will be available at www.AmericaOne.com.