The Air Force Falcons have won 20 or more games in five of the last seven seasons. It will not be easy to make that six out of eight, judging from the 2014-15 schedule announced by the Atlantic Hockey Association program.
Much of Air Force’s schedule was known since other schools announced their slates in the preceding weeks. What became known when the Air Forcer schedule was announced on Tuesday was that the Falcons will start their second half of the season at the Catamount Cup Dec. 28-29. They take on host Vermont and then UMass-Amherst the following day.
The team may stay in the Northeast the next few days since it begins a stretch of nine-straight weekends against league opponents with Jan. 2-3, 2015 games at Holy Cross. The nine-week stretch culminates with the first round of the AHA playoffs March 6-8.
Air Force begins play with an exhibition game on Monday, Oct. 6 against McGill University (Montreal) and then opens the season against league foe Mercyhurst Oct. 10-11; the first of 28 AHA contests. The Falcons will play 18 home games, including the exhibition.
Air Force, 21-14-7 last season, will then travel to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament, Oct. 17-18, to take on host Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage.
Other nonconference highlights include traveling to North Dakota for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Nov. 1. That will be a homecoming for Grafton’s Chad Demers (41 points, 26 assists), a member of Air Force’s top returning line with leading scorer Cole Gunner (44, 29 assists) and Scott Holm (29, 18 assists).
The annual in-state rivalry games with Denver and Colorado College are Nov. 21-22. The Falcons travel to Denver Friday and host Colorado College on Saturday.
2014-15 Air Force hockey schedule
Home games in CAPS
All times MT
Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition), 6:05 p.m.
Oct. 10-11 MERCYHURST, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush), 8:07 p.m.
Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush), 4:07 p.m.
Oct. 24-25 RIT, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game), 8:37 p.m.
Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris, 5:05 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Denver, 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 28-29 at Canisius, 12:35 p.m. Friday, 5:35 Saturday
Dec. 5-6 at Bentley, 5:05 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Vermont, 5:05 p.m. (Catamount Cup, Burlington)
Dec. 29 vs. UMass-Amherst, TBA
Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross, 5:05 p.m.
Jan. 9-10 NIAGARA, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 23-24, at American International, 5:05 p.m.
Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 6-7 at Sacred Heart, 5:05 p.m.
Feb. 13-14, AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 20-21 at Niagara, 5:05 p.m.
Feb. 27-28 CANISIUS, 7:05 p.m.
March 6-8 AHA first round playoffs
March 13-15 AHA quarterfinals
March 20-21 AHA Final Four, Rochester, N.Y.
March 27-29 NCAA regionals (Fargo, Manchester, Providence, South Bend).