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Air Force hockey looks to build as Colorado College regroups on road

January 18, 2018 Updated: January 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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photo - Air Force goalie Billy Christopoulos makes a save on a Colorado College shot Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, during the first period at the Cadet Ice Arena at Air Force Academy, Colo.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force goalie Billy Christopoulos makes a save on a Colorado College shot Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, during the first period at the Cadet Ice Arena at Air Force Academy, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

The Air Force Falcons 11-10-3 (6-8-2 Atlantic Hockey Conference) put quite a bit of faith in recent history during a bumpy first half. In the past two seasons, the team has gone 23-6-5 after Jan. 1.

A road sweep of RIT last weekend was a positive sign.

“This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time,” freshman Marshall Bowery said. “We know that we need some points. These four points brought the morale up.”

Through two games, Billy Christopoulos allowed one goal against an RIT team ranked 18th in the nation in scoring offense and was named Atlantic Hockey Conference goalie of the week for his efforts.

Bowery, who entered the series with one point in 14 games, scored two goals in a 4-0 win Saturday.

“Just enough practice made perfect,” Bowery said. “It was a long time coming in the process.”

The Falcons are 5-6 at home as they prepare to host last-place Sacred Heart this weekend and have a lot of ground to make up in the conference. But history is on their side.

Tigers finally on the road again

Traveling to play the No. 12 team in the country in an old and intense building may not be the easiest course of action for a Colorado College team (9-10-3, 3-7-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) trying to get back on its feet after two stinging losses against Minnesota-Duluth.

But at least the trip to Western Michigan provides a change of pace. The Tigers’ last true road trip came Nov. 17-18 against St. Cloud State.

“Maybe bonding a little bit on the road isn’t a bad thing for us right now,” CC coach Mike Haviland said. “Maybe that’s what we need to do to regroup.”

Haviland said the Tigers have looked at changing up their practice schedule, seeking the consistency that eludes them.

“We’d better find it quickly because this season doesn’t get any easier,” he added.

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