Notebook: Air Force upperclassmen lead second-half surge

Ledford_3065-1Senior Tyler Ledford (above) scored the OT goal that lifted Air Force to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals, and he is one of five juniors and seniors leading the team offensively.

The Falcons won the tournament last year and six of the past 11 years. Their veteran presence will certainly help entering Friday’s semifinal vs. Canisius, as it has in the second half – Air Force is 12-4-2 since it started the season 8-10-3. They face Dylan McLaughlin, who is the league’s Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist.

The Atlantic Hockey scoring champion and First Team all-conference playmaker has vaulted to sixth in the national scoring charts. He got off to a fast start, collecting points in 15 of his first 16 games. His 31 assists in 36 games ranks him sixth in the nation. He has 17 goals, 31 assists for 48 points in 36 games – only five minor penalties all season.

Robert Morris (17-19-3) is the only team under .500 in action this weekend, but the Colonials are 4-1-1 in their last six … Regular-season champion Mercyhurst is seeking its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005.

Largest Senior Classes
11 – Mercyhurst
9 – Connecticut, Robert Morris
8 – Air Force, Canisius, five other teams
Note that the four AHC semifinalists are listed.
Fewest Even-Strength Goals Against per Game
0.81 – Cornell
1.19 – Clarkson
1.38 – Minnesota State
1.39 – Minnesota Duluth
1.47 – Northeastern
1.49 – Air Force
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is slated for 10 a.m. MT on Sunday, March 18 (ESPNU, TSNGO)
This marks the third straight season that the top four seeds advanced to the NCHC’s Frozen Faceoff … No team has swept the NCHC regular-season and playoff titles in the same year entering this, the fifth year of the conference.
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Thanks and a request

press hatHello everyone:

As some of you already know, I was recently rehired for my former college hockey reporter position at The Gazette. As a result, I have to end my personal college hockey blog because of time constraints and also to avoid competing for page views with the Gazette’s College Hockey Blog: http://blogs.gazette.com/collegehockey/

The new/old blog will be much the same as Paisley Hockey and Eye of the Tigers before it with more Air Force and CC coverage since I am covering the teams full-time and even getting paid to do it now. That is good news for me and hopefully for college hockey fans looking for more news and links.

The @Paisleyhockey Twitter account will continue with score updates and story links from around the WCHA and AHA and soon, the NCHC. I will also maintain my Paisley Hockey Facebook page as a convenient news feed to find blog updates, etc.  I would also encourage CC fans to join the Colorado College Hockey group on Facebook where my blog updates appear regularly.

Thank you all for following Paisley Hockey. Maintaining this blog kept me up to speed on college hockey even while I juggled freelance assignments. No doubt, that preparedness played a large part in me being rehired by The Gazette.

For that and you all, I am grateful.

Joe Paisley

Joe.paisley@gazette.com

Air Force rallies with two goals in third period

Air Force needed a hero to step forward.

Two did, and they were not the usual suspects most of the 2,107 fans on hand expected to spark a stirring 3-2 comeback win over Canisius on Saturday night.

Sophomore Scott Holm scored twice in the third period, including banging home a rebound for the game-winner with 8:22 remaining, as the second-place Falcons swept the Golden Griffins at Cadet Ice Arena.

It was the third-liner’s sixth and seventh goals this season.

Here is the rest of the article.

Canisius power play puts Griffs ahead after one

Canisius left wing Doug Beck tipped in a rebound with 5:32 left in the first period after Mitch McCrank one-timed a crossing pass from Kyle Gibbons for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead.

Air Force out shot the Golden Griffins 15-8 in the period but goalie Tony Capobianco started well and di not allow many rebounds.

Canisius has a couple other good chances thanks to turnovers in the Air Force zone to keep AFA goalie Jason Torf busier that his seven saves suggest.

Saturday’s lines: Canisius at Air Force

airforce-kruseCanisius

LW-C-RW

Shupe-Sullivan-Gibbons

Miller-McCrank-Cuddemi

Beck-Larsson-Wiseman

Lindsay-Rigney-Bohrer

LD-RD

McKellar-Danford

Roe-Rumble

Parker-Jessey

Goalies – Capobianco, Asmundson

Air Force

LW-C-RW

De Laurell-Carew-Gunner

Thomas-Demers-Timar

Holm-Carey-Kruse

Kleisinger-Fabian-Persian

Extra forward — Hartner

LD-RD

McKenzie-Weissenhofer

Artman-McDonald

Halloran-Walsh

Goalies – Torf, Moberg, Bosner

De Laurell sparks AFA to 1-0 lead after one

Air Force senior Kyle De Laurell continued his scoring tear, recording his 10th goal in 11 games when he knocked in his own rebound only 19 seconds in the Atlantic Hockey Association game against visiting Canisius.

De Laurell sckated in hard through the right faceoff circle, firing  a hard shot that went off canisoius goalie Tony capobiancos chest pad and bounced out in front.

De Laurell skated through the sot after his shot and found the loose puck in front to wrist the pcuk into a wide-open net for a 1-0 lead. It was his 14th goal this season.

The score energized the crowd and the Golden Griffins, who played better defense the rest of the period and killed off two Falcon power plays. AFA had its chances with Capobianco, one of the better goalies in the AHA, allowing some juicy rebounds that the falcons were unable to convert. Scott Holm had a shot go off the crossbar with about two minutes left in the period.

Friday’s lines: Canisius at Air Force

Canisius

airforce-kruseLW-C-RW

Freeman-Sullivan-Gibbons

Shupe-McCrank-Cuddemi

Miller-Rogney-Wiseman

Lindsay-Larsson-Bohrer

LD-RD

McKellar-Danford

Roe-Rumble

Parker-Jessey

Goalies – Capobianco, Asmundson

Air Force

LW-C-RW

De Laurell-Carew-Gunner

Thomas-Demers-Timar

Holm-Carey-Kruse

Kleisinger-Fabian-Persian

LD-RD

McKenzie-Weissenhofer

Artman-McDonald

Halloran-Walsh

Goalies – Torf, Moberg, Bosner