Air Force's Eric Ehn Will Return for NCAAs
CHN Staff Report
Air Force, set to face No. 1 seed Miami on Saturday afternoon at the East Regional in Worcester, Mass., will welcome back senior center Eric Ehn, who has been sidelined since Jan. 19 when he suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage to his left ankle.
Last season, Ehn was named one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
"Eric will play tomorrow," said Falcons coach Frank Serratore. "I don't expect him to single handedly lead us to promised land. I asked him, 'Can you be better than our 12th forward, can you keep up, can you win faceoffs, can you defend in our zone?' And he felt like he could do that. That's good enough for me. If there was any way that he could be even close to playing, I want him in that game with me."
Added Ehn, "I'm ecstatic. It's been a tough ride for me, but my teammates have made it easy on me. I thank them, they have been great. I'm just happy to add to the team whatever I can. Right now, I'm the 12th forward going into the lineup and I'll at least take care of that. If I have more in the tank, I'll take care of that is the opportunity presents itself.
"I hope the ankle withstands the constant grind of playoff hockey. It will be different than during the season. There's a lot more corner work, and it will be a matter of outwilling the other guy. Late in the game you could get tired and could be a half step slow. That's mostly what I'm worried about but it shouldn't be problem."
Air Force, 21-11-6 overall, is making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Falcons won the Atlantic Hockey championship with a 5-4 double overtime victory over Mercyhurst on March 16, in Rochester, N.Y.