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Hockey games affected by partial government shutdown

Published: October 1, 2013, 12:19 pm, by Joe Paisley

AFAlogo2012Air Force hockey’s games in the Kendall Classic, Oct. 11-12 in Anchorage, Alaska, may not be played due to U.S. federal government’s partial shutdown, the academy announced at noon Tuesday.

The school announced all travel for all intercollegiate athletics is cancelled, including  the Air Force-Navy football game on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Of course, that may change if an agreement is reached.

The press release added that Air Force “will attempt to play all home intercollegiate athletic contests but those may be cancelled, as well.”

That leaves Monday’s exhibition hockey game against New Brunswick at 6:05 p.m. Monday still on as scheduled. The Falcons are scheduled to open their season with nonc0nference games against Alaska-Fairbanks at 3:07 p.m. MT on Oct. 11 and Alaska-Anchorage at 5:07 p.m. Saturday.

Falcons coach Frank Serratore will speak at the annual Colorado Springs Sports Corp. College Hockey Faceoff Luncheon at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Colorado Springs.

According to the release, academy officials are working with Mountain West Conference officials, those teams the Falcons were scheduled to play and officials at The Department of the Air Force to make up as many games as possible.

Most of the academy support staff are considered civil-service employees, and are not eligible to travel. Many other federal employees have been furloughed.

An email to Air Force sports information director Dave Toller had this automatic reply: “I’m currently on furlough due to mandatory government shutdown and I am not permitted to access my government email, voice mail or cell phone until I am notified to return to work at the point that the government reopens.”