Serratore: "The Fat Lady ain't sung yet"
Air Force coach Frank Serratore is still smarting from the disappointment of a 3-2 overtime loss Saturday that denied the Falcons the Atlantic Hockey Conference regular-season championship.
But it also lit a fire under the veteran bench boss. He expects his determination to bounce back to be reflected by a motivated Falcons team that has a bye week before hosting a league quarterfinals series March 10-12.
"I am not making any predictions but when the puck drops in two weeks you are going to see a team fighting and battling with a sense of urgency and desperation you have never seen before," he said. "The Fat Lady ain't sung yet. We're going to be back. Don't give up on us."
Falcons drop to No. 18
The loss to Sacred Heart also dropped the Falcons from No. 17 - a five-year high - to No. 18 in this week's national poll.
The Associated Press and The Gazette use the U.S. College Hockey Online poll for its rankings.
The Falcons are rated No. 18 in the Pairwise rankings, which mimic the 16-team NCAA Tournament selection process. In all likelihood, that means Air Force must win the AHC playoffs title to advance to the NCAAs.
Air Force player of the week
Sophomore goalie Shane Starrett recorded his third shutoutS this season and seventh of his career Friday to earn The Gazette Falcons player of the week honor for the second time this season.
The Massachusetts native held Sacred Heart to one goal through the first 119 minutes in the split.
Colorado College player of the week
Sophomore winger Trevor Gooch scored twice this past weekend to double his points total for the season (four points, three goals) and garner The Gazette Tigers player of the week honor.
The New Jersey native is scheduled to be this week's Facebook Live interview at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Tigers searching for consistency as playoffs near
With a best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference first-round playoff series in about two weeks, Colorado College needs to figure out how to put together two consecutive strong performances if the last-place Tigers hope to pull off an upset.
"We need more consistency," coach Mike Haviland said. "I thought we played well both nights against Duluth and one night against Denver and one this weekend."
"It was similar to the Denver series that way and we have to get away from that (pattern)," he added. "We need the same consistency from Friday on Saturday night and to not get so high and not get so low after things. We have done it and know we can do it."
A rebroadcast of Friday's CC-Western Michigan game will be shown on Comcast channels 105 and 900 at 7 p.m. Wednesday. . With Saturday's loss, CC is 4-5-1 in its past 10 regular-season home finales. Also, Western Michigan coach Andy Murray became the first coach to win 300 NHL career games and 100 college contests. . AFA sophomore Evan Giesler has scored five goals in his past four games, including one each night last weekend. . The Falcons' nine-game unbeaten streak that ended Saturday was the longest since a 13-0 start to the 2008-09 season.
JOE PAISLEY, THE GAZETTE