Mercyhurst (15-10-5, 13-2-4 AHA) at Air Force (15-9-4, 10-6-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 9:05 p.m.
Where: Cadet Ice Arena – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.goairforcefalcons.com (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into the two-game series with a four-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. Air Force is tied for fourth with Robert Morris, seven points behind the Lakers. … Mercyhurst scored a season high in goals in an 8-2 win against the Falcons on Nov. 2 at Mercyhurst Ice Center to even the all-time series at 11-11-3. The Lakers have a 7-2-1 record at Air Force. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett will start his third and fourth straight games in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body), who didn’t travel with the team. Tibbett is the conference’s reigning co-goaltender the week (69 saves on 72 shots in a win and tie against Bentley last weekend). On Thursday, Sarjeant was named AHA goaltender of the month for January (5-0-2 record, 1.42 goals-against average, .960 save percentage). … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, the team’s second-leading scorer with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), won’t play this weekend because of an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam had a goal and four points in two games last weekend in his return from a lower-body injury. … The line of Nagtzaam, sophomore F Kyle Cook and freshman F Kyle Dutra combined for four goals and 11 points against Bentley. … Junior Fs Chad Demers (11-22-33) and Cole Gunner (12-20-32) lead the Falcons, while senior Jason Torf (9-5-4, 2.59, .914) and freshman Chris Truehl (6-2-0, 2.01, .917) have been a solid tandem in net.
- Victor Fernandes
* Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series here…