When: Today, 9:05 p.m.
Where: Cadet Arena – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Players to watch
Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (0-1-0 record, 2.81 goals-against average, .917 save percentage), So. F Phil Ginand (1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (2-2-4), Sr. F Brandon Coccimiglio (2-1-3), So. F Paul Chiasson (2-1-3)
Air Force – Sr. F Jacques Lamoureux (3-5-8), So. F John Kruse (3-4-7), Sr. F Derrick Burnett (1-5-6), So. F Kyle DeLaurell (1-5-6), Fr. G Jason Torf (0-3-0, 3.42, .881)
Mercyhurst – The Lakers are winless in their last eight games (0-7-1) dating back to the 2009-10 season. They last won on Feb. 26 at Connecticut. … Each time, they failed to earn coach Rick Gotkin (399-276-53 record in 23 seasons) his 400th career win. With a win, he becomes the 36th NCAA men’s hockey coach to reach the 400-win mark. He would be the 24th coach to reach that plateau while spending 10 or more years at the Division I level and the 11th to earn 400 wins at the same school. … The teams have split the all-time series 6-6-2, but the Lakers have a 4-1-1 mark at Cadet Arena. … Zapolski, an Erie native, made his regular-season debut with 40 saves in a 5-3 loss at Niagara last weekend. … Frontline forwards Coccimiglio, Steve Cameron, Mike Gurtler and Scott Pitt have combined for 20 career points against the Falcons. … The Lakers play the next three games against the service academies. They face Army in a two-game series at Mercyhurst Ice Center next weekend.
Air Force – The Falcons snapped a season-opening, four-game losing streak with a 12-0 Atlantic Hockey Association win against American International on Oct. 23. … They are halfway through a six-game home stand which includes games against Rochester Institute of Technology, AHA champion and Frozen Four participant last season, No. 5 Yale and Colorado College, a perennial power in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. … Frank Serratore’s 215 wins rank atop the program’s all-time list. … The Falcons have struggled to find a replacement for graduated G Andrew Volkening. … Lamoreux’s twin sisters, Monique and Jocelyne, won silver with Team USA at the Vancouver Olympics.
Up next: vs. Army (Nov. 12-13, 7:05 p.m.)