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Air Force hockey seeks consistency in conference opener

October 26, 2017 Updated: October 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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Matt Koch (7) of the Air Force Falcons runs into the boards as the the Falcons took on Arizona State Sun Devils at the Cadet Ice Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Friday October 13, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

Air Force (4-1-1) heads into conference play this weekend against Canisius hoping to avoid another identity crisis.

The Falcons that lost 4-1 at Bemidji State on Friday bore little resemblance to the group that won 5-1 the next night.

“We were so bad on Friday, and they were so good. Then it was like the teams changed jerseys,” coach Frank Serratore said. “You don’t usually see extremes like that.

“I was a little bit rattled on Friday, thinking maybe we aren’t as good as we think we are.”

In spite of the loss, Air Force rose in the USCHO.com poll two spots to No. 18. The defending regular season Atlantic Hockey Conference champion Golden Griffins, who edged the Falcons by one point last season, will look to bring that number back down.

Goaltender Billy Christopoulos backstopped the series split in Minnesota, moving his save percentage to 0.927, and 19 Falcons have registered at least a point. Junior defenseman Matt Koch leads the team in scoring (3 goals, 3 assists).

“We know (Canisius) is a good team and we’re playing them in their building,” Serratore said.

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