A quick switch from the hardwood to the ice …
To hear the talk, last weekend’s hockey sweep of Army was for the academy. This weekend might be for the hockey team.
“The media really plays up the Army series, and obviously it’s a big series for us and our school,” Falcons senior Greg Flynn said. “But there’s a very high emotion game against Mercyhurst and I think is kind of an unsung rivalry that we have between the teams.”
Understand, the series between the schools is 5-4 Air Force, the advantage being the last meeting between the teams, which was the 5-4 double-overtime victory in last season’s Atlantic Hockey Association championship game. Adding to what Flynn said is the fact each team has been better on the road by a 3-1 edge.
The Falcons have won the last two games against the Lakers and three of the last four. But six of the nine games have been decided by two-or-fewer goals.
“Ever since we got in the conference, those games have been really intense,” Flynn said. “I think we’re really looking forward to going there and showing them what we’ve got.”
One other little fact that adds to the importance of this weekend – these are Air Force’s two games at hand in the battle to beat Rochester Institute of Technology for the regular-season AHA championship.
The Tigers, riding an 11-game winning streak, do not play a game that counts this weekend, but do have an exhibition Friday night against the U.S. Under-18 team.
The Falcons trail by two points in the standings and, of course, four points are at stake this weekend.
“The more you win, the bigger the weekends become,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said.