10_24_19 AFA RIT0977 .jpg

Air Force head coach Frank Serratore looks to the scoreboard during a timeout Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in the first period against the RIT Tigers at the Cadet Ice Hall on the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Air Force hockey heads to Robert Morris trying to keep a three-game win streak alive and, in the process, secure a milestone for coach Frank Serratore.

The Falcons (3-7, 3-3 Atlantic Hockey) patched themselves up on a bye week and headed to Pennsylvania for the conference series. With a sweep, Serratore can notch his 400th win in his 23rd season at Air Force. His record at the academy is 398-357-86.

“I thank the academy for believing in me enough to keep me as their hockey coach for this long,” Serratore said, saying there were times when other employers may have looked elsewhere.

The sweep looks unlikely on paper, as Robert Morris is first in Atlantic Hockey and enters with a four-game winning streak. Both the Falcons and Colonials swept Bentley in their previous outings.

The milestone will likely happen on the road either way, as Air Force next plays at Niagara.

Asked Tuesday to look back at a long college coaching career at Air Force and Denver, Serratore obliged but indicated that looking forward is more important.

“I don’t spend much time looking in the rearview mirror,” Serratore said. “I think you’ve got plenty of time to do that – what did Kenny Rogers say, when the dealing’s done?”

With newfound confidence, CC hockey takes on two-time defending national champion Minnesota Duluth
Air Force goaltender Alex Schilling's calming presence and timely saves lead to conference honor, winning streak
Air Academy grad Maria Mettler's fiery comeback inspires Air Force cross country as it pushes toward nationals
Load comments