The Air Force hoped for better results in their street series against the American International College. The Falcons recorded a draw and a loss against the Yellow Jackets, falling to 6-6-2 overall.
While leaving Springfield, Massachusetts with just one point, they displayed several positives in their 0-1-1 weekend.
For one, the Air Force AIC held without a power play goal. The Falcons had seven penalties against what was arguably the best powerplay team in the Atlantic Hockey Association.
Defense attorney Luke Rowe also cited strong power from the Air Force bench. This had a positive effect on the team’s efficiency during the pre-check and contributed to turnovers.
Air Force has not won at AIC since 2015. Points were not a matter of course this time either. Though they were hoping for more on the trip to Massachusetts, it’s a sign the Falcons are improving at hockey.
The Falcons remain on the East Coast for a series against Mercyhurst this weekend. The Lakers are 3-9-2 overall.
Coach Frank Serratore knows not to take anyone lightly. His mantra is that his team can beat anyone on any given night and anyone can beat their team on any given night.
But if the Falcons get some of the little things right — like they did against AIC — they could pick up multiple points against Mercyhurst.
Despite all the ups and downs, Colorado College looks like a much improved hockey team. The Tigers go into the Thanksgiving break 5-8-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the NCHC game.
CC doesn’t have a track record, but the Tigers have beaten a handful of high-profile teams like Minnesota Duluth, Air Force and Miami (Ohio). And some of their losses were very close against strong teams like St. Cloud State (No. 4) and a previously ranked UMD roster.
The increased competitiveness is obvious. But to see wins exceed losses, CC needs to get better on Saturdays.
The Tigers are 2-4 in the second game of the series. They were outplayed 26-12 on Saturday and most recently lost 5-0 to SCSU.
There is no clear answer as to what is causing this dip on Saturday. If CC only played Friday, the Tigers would be 3-4-1 — but that’s not how hockey works.
CC has proven that it gets better. The Tigers rank fifth in the NCHC — one of college hockey’s top leagues — and have held up well against some of the toughest teams in the country.
But to take the next step and stay in the hunt for the conference race, they need to get better at finishing series.