Air Force coach Frank Serratore is rightfully more concerned about how his team plays this weekend at Niagara after losing junior defensemen Dan Weissenhofer (lower-body) and Alex Halloran (groin) to injury.
But he doesn’t have to worry about one notable accomplishment since the Falcons will finish no worse than fifth in the 12-team Atlantic Hockey Association for their eighth-straight finish in the top half of the league.
Only six in Division I have a comparable streak. No. 10 North Dakota clinched its 12th consecutive top-half league finish this past weekend. The others are No. 20 Denver (10), Boston University (nine), Miami (eight) and No. 15 Yale (six).
That six-team list will soon drop to four since both BU and Miami are assured of finishing toward the bottom of their respective leagues.
It could be only two by season’s end: Yale is in fifth in the 12-team ECAC while Denver fifth in eight-team National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Halloran is day to day and may be held out until the playoffs. Weissenhofer will not play this weekend.
USCHO looks back on the weekend that was in the Atlantic Hockey Association, focusing on playoff scenarios and NCHC, which focuses on next weekend’s UND-SCSU series, the Gold Pan and a Demi Lovato concert that will force a NCHC home quarterfinals series to be played Thursday-Saturday, if necessary.
Someone at the Omaha arena forgot to check their calendar.