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Air Force bringing in Penn State for 2013-14 home opener

Published: July 12, 2013, 2:12 pm, by Joe Paisley

AFAlogo2012Air Force faces a challenging 2013-14 nonconference schedule, starting with home-and-away series with Front Range rival Denver and two Cadet Ice Arena games against the Big Ten’s Penn State for the home openers Oct. 18-19.

As announced this spring, Air Force will travel down I-25 to World Arena to take on crosstown foe Colorado College on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Falcons host the National Collegiate Hockey Conference member Pioneers on Nov. 22 and then travel to Magness Arena the next night.

The Falcons host New Brunswick for its exhibition on Monday, Oct. 7. AFA opens its season at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 11-12. They will play host Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks, both of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Air Force picked up two more tough nonconference games, taking on Hockey East’s Northeastern on Dec. 29 and playing either Providence or Dartmouth the next night to conclude the Ledyard National Bank Classic holiday tournament in Hanover, N.H.

The Falcons open Atlantic Hockey Association play at home with a Friday night game against NCAA Tournament entrant Canisius, the 2013 AHA playoff champs, and a Sunday afternoon game against NCAA entrant and regular-season champion Niagara the weekend of Oct. 25-27.

The Falcons have eight road games in a row around the holiday break, keeping Air Force out of CIA from late November until mid-January.

Air Force (17-13-7) placed second in the AHA and clinched its school-record seventh consecutive winning season.

airforce-kruseAir Force returns 11 of its top 14 scorers and four of the top six defensemen. Senior captain Adam McKenzie returns after claiming AHA Defenseman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors last season. McKenzie posted 20 points (eight goals) last season and was plus-10 in all 37 games. He is joined by defenseman Dan Weissenhofer who just completed a stint at the Chicago Blackhawks prospects camp.

Each regular-season and playoff game will be broadcast live on AM 1300 The Animal.

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2013-14 schedule

All times Mountain

Oct. 7              New Brunswick (exhib.)        6:05 p.m.         USAFA

Oct. 11             Alaska-Fairbanks                     3:07 p.m.         Anchorage, Alaska

Oct. 12             Alaska-Anchorage                   5:07 p.m.         Anchorage, Alaska

Oct. 18-19       Penn State                               7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Oct. 25             Canisius                                   7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Oct. 27             Niagara                                    4:05 p.m.         USAFA

Nov. 1             RIT                                          5:05 p.m.         Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 2             Mercyhurst                              5:05 p.m.         Erie, N.Y.

Nov. 16           Robert Morris                          7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Nov. 19           Colorado College                    7:07 p.m.         World Arena

Nov. 22           Denver                                                7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Nov. 23           Denver                                                7:05 p.m.         Magness

Nov. 29-30      Bentley                                   7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Dec. 6-7          Holy Cross                              5:05 p.m.         Worcester, Mass.

Dec. 29           Northeastern                             2:05 p.m.         Hanover, N.H.

Dec. 30           Providence/Dartmouth            TBA                Hanover, N.H.

Jan. 3-4            AIC                                         5:05 p.m.         Springfield, Mass.

Jan. 10-11        Army                                       5:05 p.m.         West Point, N.Y.

Jan. 17-18        Sacred Heart                           7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Jan. 24-25        Robert Morris              5:05 p.m.         Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jan. 31-Feb. 1 UConn                                    7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Feb. 7-8           Mercyhurst                  7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Feb. 14-15       Canisius                       5:05 p.m.         Buffalo, N.Y.

Feb. 21-22       RIT                              7:05 p.m.         USAFA

Feb. 28-March 1         Niagara            5:05 p.m.         Niagara, N.Y.

March 7-9       AHA first round          TBA

March  14-16   AHA quarterfinals       TBA

March 21-22   AHA Final Four          TBA    Rochester, N.Y.

March 28-30   NCAA regionals         TBA