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Air Force's hockey schedule out; CC picks captains

By: News services
July 25, 2017 Updated: July 26, 2017 at 11:22 am
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Air Force right wing Erik Baskin (27) celebrates with the bench after Baskin scored a power-play goal to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead during the third period Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at the Cadet Ice Arena on the Air Force Academy in Colorado. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Air Force's hockey team opens the 2017-18 season with an exhibition game Oct. 2, against the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) at Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force will play 18 home games, including the exhibition. In its 12th season in the Atlantic Hockey Conference, Air Force will play 28 conference games.

The Falcons open the regular season with a two-game nonconference series at Alaska, Oct. 6-7, in Fairbanks. Air Force's home-opening series is Oct. 13-14 against Arizona State, at 7:05 p.m. Air Force's first conference home series will be Nov. 3-4 against service academy rival Army West Point. That weekend, the Falcons will play Army at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 3. On Nov. 4, the football team will host Army at 1:30 p.m. and the hockey teams will meet at 7:35.

Air Force is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history with a 27-10-5 record. The Falcons placed second in Atlantic Hockey at 19-6-3. As the No. 2 seed in the AHC playoffs, the Falcons swept Bentley in a two-game quarterfinal series at home to advance to the AHC Final Four in Rochester, N.Y. Air Force defeated third-seeded Army (1-0) in the semifinals and won its sixth league title in 11 years with a 2-1 win over No. 4 seed Robert Morris in the championship.

At the NCAA East Regional, the Falcons defeated No. 8 Western Michigan, 5-4, before falling to No. 2 Harvard, 3-2. The trip to the Elite Eight was the second in school history. In the final national poll, the Falcons were ranked 11th by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and 12th by USCHO.com; both the highest in school history.

Every regular-season and playoff game will be broadcast live on Xtra Sports 1300 AM and will be available at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. A live video stream of all AHC games and all home games will be at www.atlantichockey.tv.

- Junior forwards Tanner Ockey and Mason Bergh will serve as Colorado College hockey co-captains for the 2017-18 season, coach Mike Haviland announced. Junior defensemen Andrew Farny and Cole McCaskill will be assistant captains.

"With no seniors on the team this upcoming season, it allowed us to take a good look at the leadership of our team," Haviland said. "These four really stood out last year and have exhibited the qualities on and off the ice we are looking for in our captains."

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