Aug 16, 2011 3:32 AM by Lee Douglas/Colorado Springs Sports Sports Corporation

Owens and Serratore to headline hockey luncheon

If the summer heat is wearing you out, here's something right around the corner that may cool you down!

It's the Sports Corp's annual Ice Hockey Face off Luncheon with coaches Scott Owens (Colorado College) and Frank Serratore (Air Force) on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs at 12:00 noon.

The Tigers ended a great second half last year with an NCAA Tourney berth and a final national ranking of 11th and 13th. The Falcons took top-seeded Yale to overtime, dropping an NCAA Tourney game and ending up 15th and 20th in the final polls.

Both teams are loaded again, promising another huge autumn and winter for ice hockey fans in Colorado Springs.

You'll hear about those expectations and the teams from the head coaches.

Tickets: Table of ten seats: $250.00 for Sports Corp members and family, as well as AFA and CC hockey booster clubs. ($300.00 for all others) Individual seats: $25.00/$30.00 for same.

Reservations: Contact Lincoln Floyd at The Sports Corp (634-7333, ext.1007) or e-mail him at:

Air Force is coming off of its fourth AHA Championship and NCAA appearance in the last five years. Air Force was 20-12-6 last season and placed second in the AHA. The Falcons beat RIT, 1-0, in the AHA championship game. AFA's season ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to top-seeded Yale, in the NCAA East Regional. AFA returns nine of the top 11 scorers from last season, including junior Kyle DeLaurell (10-23-33), junior John Kruse (11-18-29), senior Scott Mathis (8-19-27) and senior Paul Weisgarber (13-12-25). The Falcons also return five of the top six defensemen and goaltenders sophomore Jason Torf and senior Stephen Caple. Torf started the final 30 games of the season and his 16 wins were the second most by any freshman goaltender in the nation. The Falcons open the season with the high profile Icebreaker Classic at Grand Forks, North Dakota, playing with powerhouses North Dakota, Boston College and Michigan State. AFA looks forward to a home schedule that includes a special New Year's Eve game with Denver at the Cadet Ice Arena. The Falcons open play on Oct. 1 with an exhibition game at Simon Fraser in Wenatchee, Washington. The first home game is an exhibition against McGill at the Cadet Arena on October 3.

Inside College Hockey has picked Colorado College #8 in its pre-season poll for the season. Fresh off their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and a stunning 8-4 upset of defending national champion Boston College, the Tigers will boast a veteran lineup featuring forwards Jaden Schwartz (17-30-47), Rylan Schwartz (10-28-38) and Nick Dineen, along with senior defenseman Gabe Guentzel and junior goalie Joe Howe. Nearly half of the entire 2011 NCAA Tournament field will be represented among Colorado College's regular-season opponents when the Tigers take the ice this fall. "The real key is the strength of our schedule, the quality of opponents we'll be playing," said Scott Owens, who heads into his 13th season as head coach. "It's challenging, with so many games against NCAA tournament teams. But it should be a real treat for our fans. There's a lot to be excited about." The Tiger home slate includes games with Wisconsin, Denver, Air Force (December 30), Cornell, and Nebraska-Omaha. The Tigers host McGill in an exhibition game on October 2 at the World Arena.




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