College hockey notes: Air Force up to No. 19; Colorado College regrouping after losses

February 13, 2017 Updated: February 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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Colorado College Tigers goalie Alex Leclerc (1) lets a goal by in the second period against the Denver Pioneers. The Denver Pioneers defeated the Colorado College Tigers 5-1 in men's ice hockey on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at The Broadmoor World Arena. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

Air Force hockey moves up to No. 19

For the second week in a row, Air Force hockey is garnering national poll recognition.

The Falcons moved up one spot to No. 19 after going 1-0-1 at home against American International College last weekend. That included scoring three goals in the final four minutes of regulation Saturday to garner a 3-3 tie.

That tie kept the second-place Falcons (19-8-5, 16-5-3 league) only one point behind Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey Conference standings, although Air Force has played one less game. That difference will be made up during the final weekend of the regular season.

"We're in the hunt," coach Frank Serratore said.

Last week was the first time AFA was ranked since reaching No. 18 in the Oct. 10 poll immediately following the Falcons' Icebreaker tournament championship. The U.S. College Hockey Online rankings are used by The Associated Press and The Gazette.

Air Force player of the week

Falcons junior defenseman Phil Boje's current points streak, including the game-tying goal Saturday, has made him The Gazette's Air Force player of the week.

The Shoreview, Minn., native has recorded a point in six straight contests (seven points, five assists) to move into second among Atlantic Hockey Conference defensemen with 23 points (17 assists).

Colorado College player of the week

Freshman goalie Alex Leclerc made 75 saves in this past weekend's losses to No. 2 Denver to garner The Gazette's Colorado College player of the week honor.

The Quebec native (5-16-2) recorded a .949 saves percentage in Friday's 2-1 road loss to keep his season average at .901 saves.

Tigers looking to regain hard-work identity

This week's practices promises to be more challenging for the Tigers as the CC coaching staff tries to set the tone for this weekend's home series vs. No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth.

That is in reaction to a lackluster effort from some Tigers in Saturday's 5-1 loss to second-ranked Denver.

"You have to let this one hurt and get back to work (Monday)," coach Mike Haviland said. "We have to get back to practicing hard and the right way. Our compete has to go way up."

Ice chips

Colorado College freshman defenseman Kristian Blumenschein is scheduled as this week's Facebook Live interview at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. . Air Force's penalty kill is second in Division 1 (88.6 percent, 120 of 136) after killing off 26 of the Falcon foes' past 28 power plays. In the past 15 games, Air Force is killing at 90.9 percent (57 of 63).


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