Air Force announces incoming hockey class of 2018

By: AFA Media Relations Email
By: AFA Media Relations Email

U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force hockey team is proud to announce the 12 members of the Class of 2018, as announced by head coach Frank Serratore. The class of 2018, which began Basic Cadet Training on June 26, includes six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders.
23, Dylan Abood, D, 5-8, 155, Fr., Centennial, CO / Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (NAHL)
Played in 176 games over three seasons in the NAHL … Spent the first two seasons with the Wenatchee Wild … In 2011-12, played 60 games, had 20 points (3-17-20) and was a +19 … In 2012-13, had 10 points (2-8-10) in 58 games and was a +14 … Spent the 2013-14 season with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and played in 58 games … Had 16 points (0-16-16) and led all defensemen with a +23 … His 16 points were second on the team among the blueliners and his 16 assists were fifth on the team among all players … Selected to the NAHL All-South Division Team.

27, Erik Baskin, F, 6-3, 210, Fr., Minnetonka, MN / Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)
Played 113 games over two seasons with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL … In 2012-13, had 25 points (15-10-25) … In 2013-14, had 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists … His 21 goals were tied for second on the team while his 37 points were seventh … Tied for the team lead with five game-winners and tied for second on the team with nine power-play goals.

4, Phil Boje, D, 5-11, 190, Fr., Shoreview, MN / Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Played 96 games over two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL .. In 2012-13, played in 42 games and had four points … In 2013-14, had 12 points (9-3-12) in 56 games).

31 Connor Girard, G, 6-2, 200, Fr., Edina, MN / Brookings Blizzard (NAHL)
Played in 92 games over three seasons in both the NAHL and the USHL … In 2011-12, played 16 games for the Springfield Jr. Blues and had a 3.38 GAA with a .900 saves percentage and a 4-11-0 record … Also played 11 games for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and had a 5-1-1 record with a 2.78 GAA nad a .901 saves percentage … In 2012-13, played 21 games with the Saints and had a 2.11 GAA and a .910 saves percentage with a 14-3-2 record … Played 12 games with the Sioux City Musketeers and had a 3.09 GAA and a .898 saves percentage with a 4-7-1 record … In 2013-14, played four games with the Musketeers and had a 2-2 record with a .917 saves percentage and a 2.26 GAA … Played the final 28 games of the season with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL and had a .909 saves percentage, a 3.12 GAA and a 10-16-1 record.

10, Jordan Himley, F, 5-7, 160, Fr., Mundelein, IL / Janesville Jets (NAHL)
Spent three seasons with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL and played in 120 games … Played in four games and had two assists in 2011-12 … In 2012-13, played in 57 games and had 26 points (15-11-26) … In 2013-14, led the team with 25 goals and 49 points in 59 games … Tied for second on the team with 24 assists … Led the team with three short-handed goals and eight game-winners … Had one assist in three playoff games.

52, Jonathan Kopacka, D, 6-1, 185, Fr., Metamora, MI / Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL)
Played in 113 games in three seasons with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the NAHL … Played in three games in 2011-12 with one assist and was a +4 … In the 2012-13, had 12 points (2-10-12) and was a +7 … Played in six playoff games and had an assist … In 2013-14, played in 55 games and had 32 points (11-21-32) and was a +8 … Led all defensemen on the team in goals and points … Second on the team with seven power-play goals … Selected to the NAHL All-North Division team … Had three assists in eight playoff games.

14, Ben Kucera, F, 5-8, 165, Fr., Leawood, KS / Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)
Played 108 games in three seasons for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL … Played four games and had two points in 2011-12 … In 2012-13, had 20 points (8-12-20) in 53 games … Had 31 points (12-19-31) in 51 games in 2013-14 … Tied for fifth on the team in points and fourth in assists … Tied for third on the team in power play goals with four … Also had three points in three playoff games in 2013-14.

13 Tyler Ledford, F, 5-9, 160, Fr., Colorado Springs, CO / Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)
Played in 118 games in two seasons for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL … In 2012-13, had 35 points (9-26-35) in 58 games … Had 40 points (9-31-40) in 60 games in 2013-14 … Led the team with 31 assists and was second on the team with 40 points … Had two assists in three playoff games in 2013-14.

2 Kyle Mackey, D, 6-1, 175, Fr., Derby, NY / Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
Played in 99 games over two seasons for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL … In 2012-13, had six assists in 38 games and was a +8 … Scored 16 points (1-15-16) in 2013-14 … Led the team in points and assists by a defenseman.

7 Matthew Meier, F, 6-1, 185, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO / Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL)
Played in six games in 2012-13 with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL and had five points (2-3-5) … In 2013-14, had 43 points (21-22-43) in 56 games with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL … Led the team with a +16 and four game-winners … Second on the team with 21 goals and 43 points … Played in three playoff games and had two points (1-1-2).

41 Austin Priebe, G, 6-2, 210, Fr., Wausau, WI / Wenatchee Wild (NAHL)
Played 63 games of junior hockey during three seasons … In 2011-12, played 18 games for the Sioux City Muskateers of the USHL and had a 3.72 GAA with a .872 saves percentage and a 4-8 record … In 2012-13, played 25 games for the Janesville Jets of the NAHL and had a 6-8-3 record with a 2.93 GAA and a .913 saves percentage … In 2013-14, played in 16 games with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL and had a .909 saves percentage with a 2.99 GAA and a 4-10-1 record … Closed out the 2013-14 season with the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL and had a 2-2 record with a .876 saves percentage and a 3.19 GAA.

20 Will Vosejpka, F, 6-0, 175, Fr., Midland, MI / Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)
Played 115 games over two seasons of junior hockey with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL … Had 26 points (8-18-26) in 55 games in 2012-13 … In 2013-14, played 60 games and had 38 points on 19 goals and 19 assists and was a +6 … Second on the team in goals and assists and third in points … Had two power-play goals and three game-winners.


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