Air Force senior Billy Christopoulos named first-team all-Atlantic Hockey

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 3:38 PM MDT
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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force senior goalie Billy Christopoulos was named first-team all-Atlantic Hockey, as selected by the league’s coaches.

A third-team all-conference selection last season, Christopoulos is just the third goalie in school history to earn all-conference honors twice, joining Andrew Volkening (2009 and 2010) and Shane Starrett (2016 and 2017).

Christopoulos, a native of Raleigh, N.C., led the conference in both saves percentage (.927) and GAA (1.90) in conference games. He also leads the league in both saves percentage (.920) and GAA (2.16) in all games. He ranks 20th in the nation in saves percentage and 16th in goals-against average in all games. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week four times and the AHC Goalie of the Month in January. In his last 16 games (among goalies with more than 10 starts), his 1.91 GAA ranks as the seventh best in the nation while his saves percentage of .928 is the 12th best.

For his career, Christopoulos’ 2.25 career GAA is the third best in school history among goalies who have played more than 40 games. Shane Starrett holds the school record at 1.96 while Andrew Volkening is second (2.19). Christopoulos’ .915 career saves percentage is tied as the second best in school history (among goalies who have played more than 40 games). Starrett holds the school record a .924. Volkening and Torf also posted a .915. Christopoulos’ eight career shutouts are the fifth most in school history while his 42 wins are tied as the third most since the Falcons joined a conference in 1999.

Third-seeded Air Force hosts sixth-seeded Niagara in an Atlantic Hockey Conference quarterfinal series, Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, at the Cadet Ice Arena. Each game starts at 7:05 p.m. MT.

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