Air Force opens season with exhibit at CC, October 2
Opening of the season: Air Force opens the 2021-22 season with an exhibition game against Colorado College on Saturday, October 2 at 6 p.m. The match will be the first at CC’s new Robson Arena. Air Force opens the regular season at Michigan State, Oct. 8-9, in East Lansing, Michigan.
Radio / Internet: The Air Force-CC audio stream will be available at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Every game of the regular season and playoffs will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300 in Colorado Springs and will be available online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call play-by-play while Dave toller will provide color analysis. The pre-game show begins 30 minutes before the face-off.
Looking back: The Air Force closed the 2020-21 season with an overall record of 3-10-1. The Falcons are 10th in the AHA with a 3-9-1 conference record. The Air Force swept Canisius in the final round of the regular season, but the season ended in a 7-3 loss to Bentley in the AHA first round. Willie Reims, the team’s MVP last season, led the team with six goals and 12 points in 14 games. Reim has scored a point in the last six games (4-5-9), the longest streak of his career and the longest of any Falcon this season.
The Captains: Senior Alex schilling and second Luke Rowe will wear the “C” while the juniors Blake bride and Willie Reims each bear an “A”. The captains were chosen by a team vote.
Schilling is the first goaltender to serve as captain in Serratore’s tenure with the Air Force, which began in 1997. A senior from Medina, Minn., Schilling has played in 42 career games in goal with 38 starts . He is the first goalkeeper to serve as Academy captain since Mark Liebich in 1991-92. He is only the fourth warden in the school’s history to hold the position of captain (Liebich, 1991-92; Mike Drake 1981-82; Kim Newman, 1969-70 and 1970-71). Rowe, a second defenseman from Succasunna, NJ, was named the team’s most improved player in freshman year.
Reim, a junior winger from North Oaks, Minn., Was named the team’s MVP last season. He led the team with six goals and 12 points in 14 games last season.
Bride, a junior winger from Broomfield, Colo., Scored five points (2-3-5) in 14 games last season. He has played 47 career games.
The New Hot Hockey Bed – Colorado? : Air Force has eight players from Colorado state with one from Steamboat Springs (Coon), three from Colorado Springs (Balboa, Lester, Pochipinski) and four from the Denver area (Bride-Broomfield, Marti-Highlands Ranch, Park- Highlands Ranch, Schwartz-Parker). The state of Minnesota, which usually tops the Air Force roster, has just one more player than Colorado’s. Colorado College has the second most Coloradoans on the list with five.