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Falcons defensemen on the mend

Published: March 10, 2014, 5:19 pm, by Joe Paisley
Air Force coach Frank Serratore discusses a play with Cole Gunner.

Air Force coach Frank Serratore discusses a play with junior forward Cole Gunner.

Air Force hockey’s injury situation is better after a bye week but whether junior defensemen Dan Weissenhofer (right leg fracture) and Alex Halloran (groin) are available for this weekend’s home playoff games against No. 6 seed Niagara is uncertain.

Weissenhofer is questionable for the Friday through Sunday best-of-three Atlantic Hockey Association series since he skated for the first time without a boot on Monday afternoon. How he holds up this week will determine his availability.

Halloran is probable. Both have been out for almost three weeks.

“We have a chance at getting some of the guys back,” Falcons coach Frank Serratore said. “Halloran is an explosive skater but if he doesn’t have that it may not make sense to play him. If anyone can play with a broken leg, Weissenhofer can. I guess I should have said lower-body injury, oh well. (Junior forward) George Michalke (illness) will be back.”

Niagara swept No. 11 American International College this past weekend to advance.  The Falcons (20-12-4, 15-9-3) are 2-1 against the Purple Eagles (13-18-5, 11-11-5) this season.

“It’s not like Niagara is 100 percent either,” Serratore said. “The strong survive. I love this time of year.”