by Fraser Rodgers

December 19, 2013, PENTICTON, BC (ISN) –The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Matt Serratore (94) has committed to Air Force Academy for the 2015-16 season.

Vees President, General Manager & Head Coach Fred Harbinson, says Serratore’s strengths make him a perfect at Air Force, “Matt ‘s work ethic and hockey IQ is his strength; he continues to grow as a player and will be a great addition for Air Force in 2015.”

Serratore, 19, is in his first season with the Vees and has four goals and 10 points in 35 games, but has found his offensive touch recently, with two goals and five points in his last eight games. The Bemidji, Minnesota native has excelled as one of the Vees top defensive forwards and penalty-killers.

Prior to joining the Vees, Serratore played three seasons of Varsity hockey at Bemidji High School, amassing 49 goals and 91 points in 80 regular season games. Last season, Serratore led the Lumberjacks in scoring in the regular season, tallying 21 goals and 31 points in 25 games.

The Air Force Academy Falcons play in the Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC) and have been playing Division I hockey since 1968. The Falcons currently sit third in the AHC with a 7-5-4 record at the Christmas break. Frank Serratore has been the Head Coach at Air Force since 1998, and under his guidance, the Falcons have won two AHC Regular Season Championships, five AHC Conference Tournament Championships and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times.

Air Force Academy has an enrollment of four thousand cadets and was founded in 1958, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Serratore is the sixteenth player on the Vees roster to land an NCAA Division I commitment and first at Air Force.