Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey

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Air Force Falcons ice hockey
Air Force Falcons ice hockey athletic logo
University United States Air Force Academy
Conference AHA
Head coach Frank Serratore
22nd season, 373–330–79 (.527)
Captain(s) Dylan Abood
Alternate captain(s) Phil Boje, Tyler Ledford, and Erik Baskin
Arena Cadet Ice Arena
Capacity: 2,470
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colors Blue and Silver[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018
Conference Tournament championships
2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018
Conference regular season championships
2008–09, 2011–12
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-USAFA.png

The Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the United States Air Force Academy. The Falcons are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2]

History[edit]

Independent[edit]

Air Force Academy's Ice hockey program began as a club team in 1966, lead by former Michigan head coach and six-time national champion Vic Heyliger. The program grew swiftly and posted a winning record by its third season. In year four the team posted an impressive 25-6 mark and had the nation's leading scorer on the roster Dave Skalko. When Heyliger retired in 1974, turning the team over to John Matchefts the success continued with two more 20+ win seasons in three years. By the time the 1980 rolled around, however, the team's on-ice results began to flag and after a pair of disappointing, single-digit-win seasons Matchefts pushed his team to a .500-record before turning control over to the program's all-time leading scorer. Chuck Delich led the program for the twelve seasons, posting moderate results for most of his tenure but as the 20th century drew to a close the Falcon's days as a plucky Independent were numbered.

CHA[edit]

In 1997 former Denver head coach Frank Serratore was hired to replace Delich and recorded two 15-win seasons before Everything changed for the Falcons. In 1999 Air Force became a funding member of the CHA, joining with the other service academy Army and five other newly-minted Division I teams. Despite the other programs having little history of success Air Force was unable to make much headway in the conference, with the best finish being 4th out of 7 teams in their inaugural year. Army left the conference after only one year, leaving the conference with only six programs, and the Falcons found themselves as one of the worst. Air Force finished in 5th- or 6th-place for four consecutive seasons and threw in a pair of 4th-place marks for good measure. Despite their regular season woes the Falcons did achieve some success in the CHA tournament, reaching the semifinals three times despite being an underdog. By 2006, however, it became apparent that the CHA was in trouble. The Falcons left the CHA and were accepted into Atlantic Hockey, rejoining Army in he same conference.

Atlantic Hockey[edit]

The change seemed to suit the Falcons who posted their first winning season in 7 years. In the conference tournament Air Force defeated Holy Cross 3-0 before stunning #1 seeded Sacred Heart 5-4 in overtime. In the championship match the Falcons took on Army and routed the Black Knights 6-1 to win the programs' first conference championship and receive their first bid into the NCAA tournament. Though they lost to Minnesota in the opening round the success would continue for the next two years with two additional Atlantic Hockey tournament titles and culminated with a 28-win season in 2009 where they won their first regular season conference title and NCAA tournament game. After a middling season in 2010 the Falcons posted back-to-back conference championships but failed to escape the first round in either season. Air Force spent the mid-teens rebuilding their program and it came to a head in 2017 with their sixth Atlantic Hockey crown. The Falcon's played so well over the course of the season that there was some talk of them making the NCAA tournament even if they were to lose the Atlantic Hockey championship (an exceedingly rare occurrence for Atlantic Hockey Teams).[3] Their second quarterfinal appearance was followed by another in 2018 where they were outplayed by eventual champion Minnesota–Duluth until the final period.[4]

Season-by-season results[5][edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

NCAA D-I Champions (1968–present) NCAA Frozen Four (1968–present) Conference Regular Season Champions Conference Playoff Champions
Season Conference Overall Record[6] National Tournament Results
Regular
Season
Finish
W L T
Vic Heyliger (1968–1974)
1968–69 Independent 6 12 1
1969–70 Independent 11 17 1
1970–71 Independent 15 11 2
1971–72 Independent 25 6 0
1972–73 Independent 16 16 0
1973–74 Independent 12 15 0
John Matchefts (1974–1985)
1974–75 Independent 24 5 1
1975–76 Independent 16 10 0
1976–77 Independent 20 7 0
1977–78 Independent 9 17 1
1978–79 Independent 18 12 1
1979–80 Independent 15 16 0
1980–81 Independent 13 13 0
1981–82 Independent 12 15 1
1982–83 Independent 5 23 0
1983–84 Independent 8 16 2
1984–85 Independent 14 14 1
Chuck Delich (1985–1997)
1985–86 Independent 15 13 0
1986–87 Independent 19 10 0
1987–88 Independent 15 14 0
1988–89 Independent 14 12 3
1989–90 Independent 16 13 1
1990–91 Independent 11 17 4
1991–92 Independent 14 20 0
1992–93 Independent 8 20 2
1993–94 Independent 15 16 1
1994–95 Independent 15 17 1
1995–96 Independent 4 24 5
1996–97 Independent 8 21 2
Frank Serratore (1997–Present)
1997–98 Independent 15 19 0
1998–99 Independent 15 19 2
1999–00 CHA 4th 19 18 2
2000–01 CHA T–4th 10 15 2
2001–02 CHA 5th 16 16 2
2002–03 CHA 6th 10 24 3
2003–04 CHA 5th 14 21 2
2004–05 CHA 5th 14 19 3
2005–06 CHA T-4th 11 20 1
2006–07 Atlantic Hockey 5th 19 16 5 Lost in NCAA West Regional Semifinals, 3–4 (Minnesota)
2007–08 Atlantic Hockey 3rd 21 12 6 Lost in NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals, 2–3 OT (Miami)
2008–09 Atlantic Hockey 1st 28 11 2 Won in NCAA East Regional Semifinal 2–0 (Michigan)
Lost in NCAA East Regional Final 2–3 2OT (Vermont)
2009–10 Atlantic Hockey 3rd 16 15 6
2010–11 Atlantic Hockey 2nd 20 12 6 Lost in NCAA East Regional Semifinals, 1–2 OT (Yale)
2011–12 Atlantic Hockey 1st 21 11 7 Lost in NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals, 0–2 (Boston College)
2012–13 Atlantic Hockey 2nd 17 13 7
2013–14 Atlantic Hockey 3rd 21 14 4
2014–15 Atlantic Hockey 7th 16 21 4
2015–16 Atlantic Hockey 2nd 20 12 5
2016–17 Atlantic Hockey 2nd 27 10 5 Won in NCAA West Regional Semifinal 5–4 (Western Michigan)
Lost in NCAA East Regional Final 2–3 (Harvard)
2017–18 Atlantic Hockey T–3rd 23 15 5 Won in NCAA East Regional Semifinal 4–1 (St. Cloud State)
Lost in NCAA West Regional Final 1–2 (Minnesota–Duluth)

All-time coaching records[edit]

As of April 8, 2018

Tenure Coach Seasons Record Pct.
1997–Present Frank Serratore 21 373–330–79 .527
1985–1997 Chuck Delich 12 154–197–19 .442
1974–1985 John Matchefts 11 154–148–7 .510
1968–1974 Vic Heyliger 6 85–77–3 .524
Totals 4 coaches 50 seasons 766-754-107 .504

Players[edit]

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The following individuals have been inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.[7]

Lowes' Senior CLASS Award[edit]

NCAA[8]

Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award[edit]

NCAA
  • Mike Phillipich (2009)
  • Dylan Abood (2018)

Scoring Champion[edit]

NCAA
  • Save Skalko (1972)
Atlantic Hockey

Player of the year[edit]

College Hockey America[9]
  • Marc Kielkucki (2001)
Atlantic Hockey[10]

Rookie of the year[edit]

College Hockey America[9]
  • Andy Berg (2000)

Student-Athlete of the year[edit]

College Hockey America[9]
  • Scott Bradley (2001)
  • Brian Gornick (2002)
  • Mike Polidor (2004)

Best Defensive Player[edit]

College Hockey America[9]
  • Blair Bartlett (2006)

Best Defenseman[edit]

Atlantic Hockey[11]
  • Greeg Flynn (2009)
  • Tim Kirby (2012)
  • Adam McKenzie (2013)
  • Ben Carey (2016)

Individual Sportsmanship Award[edit]

Atlantic Hockey
  • Jason Fabian (2014)
  • Ben Carey(2016)

Regular Season Goaltending Award[edit]

Atlantic Hockey
  • Shane Starett (2016)
  • Billy Christopoulos (2018)

Coach of the Year[edit]

Atlantic Hockey

Tournament MVP[edit]

Atlantic Hockey[12]
  • Mike Phillipich (2007)
  • Brent Olson (2008)
  • Matt Fairchild (2009)
  • Jacques Lamoureux (2011)
  • Jason Torf (2012)
  • Shane Starrett (2017)
  • Billy Christopoulos (2018)

NCAA All-Americans[edit]

The following Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey players have been chosen as Second Team Division I All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association.[13]

All–CHA Team[edit]

First Team[edit]

The following Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team All-CHA.[14]

  • Marc Kielkucki (2001)
  • Brian Gornick (2001)
  • Derek Olson (2002)

Second Team[edit]

  • Brian Gornick (2000)
  • Andy Berg (2001, 2003)
  • Brian Gineo (2005)
  • Michael Mayra (2006)
  • Eric Ehn (2006)

Rookie Team[edit]

  • Andy Berg (2000)
  • Joe Locallo (2001)
  • Zach Sikich (2002)
  • Matt Charbonneau (2005)
  • Eric Ehn (2005)
  • Michael Mayra (2006)

All–Atlantic Hockey Team[edit]

First Team[edit]

The following Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team All-Atlantic Hockey.[15]

  • Eric Ehn (2007)
  • Andrew Volkening (2009)
  • Greg Flynn (2009)
  • Jacques Lamoureux (2009, 2010)
  • Tim Kirby (2010, 2012)
  • Scott Mathis (2011, 2012)
  • Kyle De Laurell (2012, 2013)
  • Adam McKenzie (2013)
  • Shane Starrett (2016)
  • Phil Boje (2017)

Second Team[edit]

  • Andrew Ramsey (2007)
  • Greg Flynn (2008)
  • Andrew Volkening (2010)
  • Jacques Lamoureux (2011)
  • John Kruse (2012)
  • Adam McKenzie (2014)
  • Cole Gunner (2014, 2015)
  • Johnny Hrabovsky (2016)
  • Jordan Himley (2017)

Third Team[edit]

  • Eric Ehn (2008)
  • Tim Kirby (2011)
  • Shane Starrett (2017)
  • Billy Christopoulos (2018)

Rookie Team[edit]

  • Scott Mathis (2009)
  • Jason Torf (2010)
  • Adam McKenzie (2010)
  • Chris Truehl (2014)
  • Shane Starrett (2016)
  • Matt Serratore (2016)

Current Players in the NHL[edit]

Goalie Shane Starrett signed an Entry Level Contract with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL on April 10, 2017. He is currently the only Air Force Falcons Men's Ice Hockey player to be in the NHL or respected affiliates.

Statistical Leaders[16][edit]

Career Scoring leaders[edit]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Chuck Delich 1973–1977 109 156 123 279 151
Bob Sajevic 1976–1980 113 107 121 228 54
Dave Skalko 1969–1973 118 75 144 219 208
Bob Ross 1968–1972 106 105 92 197 41
Gary Batinich 1974–1978 104 82 114 196 107
Tom Richards 1978–1982 118 78 90 168 54
Mike Smellie 1976–1980 103 77 89 166 56
Frank Daldine 1983–1986 109 79 77 156 75
Dave Bunker 1970–1974 109 82 70 152 118
Robin Robideaux 1975–1979 108 68 84 152 200

Career Goaltending Leaders[edit]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 35 games

Player Years GP Min GA SO SV% GAA
Shane Starrett 2016–17 70 3918 128 9 .924 1.96
Andrew Volkening 2007–10 127 7370 269 15 .915 2.19
Stephen Caple 2008–12 36 1792 66 2 .908 2.21
Jason Torf 2010–14 115 6561 269 10 .915 2.46
Chris Truehl 2014–15 50 2745 124 3 .900 2.71

Statistics current through the start of the 2017-18 season.

Current roster[edit]

As of August 18, 2018.[17]
No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Minnesota Tyler Jutting Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-07-27 Mankato, Minnesota West Kelowna (BCHL)
3 Wisconsin Jake Levin Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-02-03 Mequon, Wisconsin Odessa (NAHL)
6 Minnesota Alex Mehnert Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-06-15 Moorhead, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
7 Minnesota Matt Koch Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-03-22 Hastings, Minnesota Wichita Falls (NAHL)
8 Michigan Marshall Bowery Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-11-17 Rochester Hills, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
9 Illinois Trevor Stone Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-06-03 Pleasant Plains, Illinois Springfield (NAHL)
10 Colorado Keegan Mantaro Freshman D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-12-03 Monument, Colorado Sioux City (USHL)
11 Michigan Max Harper Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-09-29 Rochester Hills, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
12 Minnesota Matt Serratore Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1994-06-21 Bemidji, Minnesota Penticton (BCHL)
14 New York (state) Brendan Miller Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-05 Buffalo, New York Corpus Christi (NAHL)
15 Illinois Evan Giesler Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-02-19 Naperville, Illinois Bismarck (NAHL)
16 Michigan Kyle Haak Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-08-06 Okemos, Michigan Aberdeen (NAHL)
17 Illinois Joe Tyran Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-03-07 Wadsworth, Illinois Bismarck (NAHL)
18 Colorado Evan Feno Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1995-02-10 Morrison, Colorado Janesville (NAHL)
19 Michigan Isaac Theisen Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-04-13 Monroe, Michigan Coulee Region (NAHL)
20 Minnesota Dan Bailey Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-03-21 St. Cloud, Minnesota Wenatchee (NAHL)
21 Wisconsin Matt Pulver Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-06-05 Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Aberdeen (NAHL)
22 Wisconsin Pierce Pluemer Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-01-07 Phillips, Wisconsin Odessa (NAHL)
24 Minnesota Billy Duma Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-11-17 Wayzata, Minnesota Amarillo (NAHL)
25 Pennsylvania Carter Ekberg Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-05-14 McMurray, Pennsylvania Janesville (NAHL)
26 Idaho Erich Jaeger Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-01-02 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Wichita Falls (NAHL)
27 Minnesota Jensen Zerban Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-11-13 Elk River, Minnesota Philadelphia (NAHL)
28 Michigan Brady Tomlak Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-05-14 Oakland, Michigan Springfield (NAHL)
29 New York (state) Shawn Knowlton Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1996-08-14 Slingerlands, New York Aberdeen (NAHL)
30 Minnesota Erik Anderson Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-06-10 Chanhassen, Minnesota Pikes Peak (RMJHL)
31 Colorado Zach LaRocque Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-01-26 Arvada, Colorado Cedar Rapids (USHL)
33 Minnesota Alex Schilling Freshman G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-12-23 Medina, Minnesota Austin (NAHL)
38 Michigan Will Ulrich Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-09-18 Birmingham, Michigan Bismarck (NAHL)
42 Ohio Walker Sommer Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-04-29 Avon, Ohio Jersey (USPHL)
44 North Carolina Billy Christopoulos Senior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1994-02-01 Raleigh, North Carolina Alberni Valley (BCHL)
55 Michigan Shane Kelly Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1997-12-15 Orchard Lake, Michigan Vernon (BCHL)
74 Massachusetts Zack Mirageas Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-07-15 Newburyport, Massachusetts Bloomington (USHL)
88 Michigan Kieran Durgan Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-08-20 St. Johns, Michigan Shreveport (NAHL)

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Air Force Academy". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  6. ^ Code explanation; W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games
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  11. ^ "Awards - NCAA (AHA) Best Defenseman". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  12. ^ "Awards - NCAA (AHA) Tournament MVP". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
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  15. ^ "All-Atlantic Hockey Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
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  17. ^ "2018–19 Ice Hockey Roster". U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 

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