WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Good evening and welcome to John A. Ryan Skating Arena for tonight's Atlantic Hockey weekend series opener, a battle of Falcons between host Bentley University and the United States Air Force Academy.
Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. in this 37th all-time meeting between the programs. Air Force has a commanding 22-8-6 edge in the all-time series.
Bentley went 1-2 in a busy Thanksgiving week gone by, losing at Holy Cross a week ago Tuesday before splitting its home weekend with Army. Freshman Jayson Argue earned AHA Co-Rookie of the Week honors after starting the first two contests of his collegiate career against the Black Knights, including a 23-save effort in Friday's 3-2 win.
Falcon junior Andrew Gladiuk, who is tied for the national lead with 11 goals along with RIT's Matt Garbowsky, was named the AHA's November Player of the Month after scoring nine points in the month. He scored two of Bentley's three goals last Friday while senior Brett Switzer scored the other less than four minutes into the game.
Bentley will have just five regular-season home games left after tomorrow night's contest as it is finishing a stretch of eight out of ten home games in which it has started 3-2-1.
Last weekend's result was the same for Air Force as it bounced back for a 3-2 win last Saturday to split at Canisius. Seniors Scott Holm, Chad Demers and Cole Gunner have been paired together in 12 of the first 15 games this season, scoring at least a goal in nine of those.
Sophomore Chris Truehl has earned every decision for Air Force this year and eclipsed the 30-save plateau for the sixth time this season last weekend, making 34 stops in the victory.
Here are tonight's lines:
AIR FORCE (5-8-2, 4-3-1)
Scott Holm - Chad Demers - Ben Carey
A.J. Reid - George Michalke III - Cole Gunner
Max Hartner - Tyler Ledford - Jordan Himley
Will Vosejpka - Ben Kucera - Ryan Doucet
Johnny Hrabovsky - Dan Weissenhofer
Mike McDonald - Alex Halloran
Phil Boje - Kyle Mackey
BENTLEY (6-8-1, 4-4-1)
Brett Switzer - Max French - Andrew Gladiuk
Kyle Schmidt - Ryan McMurphy - Andrew McDonald
Will Suter - Alex Kubiak - Michael Reardon
Vincent Russo - Derek Bacon - Tyler Deresky
Steve Weinstein - Matt Blomquist
Mike Berry - Chris Buchanan
Billy Eiserman - Charlie Donners