The Penticton Vees announced today forward Matt Serratore (’94) has committed to The U.S Air Force Academy for the 2015-16 season. Serratore is the 16th player on the Vees roster to land an NCAA Division I scholarship and, if I’m not mistaken, the first Vee to ever to commit to Air Force.
Serratore has excelled as one of the Vees best defensive forwards and penalty-killers. No, he’s not here to score goals, rather here to help try and prevent them. Serratore plays on a line with Travis Blanleil and Cody DePourcq and those three are regularly matched up against the opposition’s top-line game-in, and game out; no easy assignment. “Serri” also sees a lot of time on one of the Vees two penalty-kill units and is a catalyst in why they’re ranked in thetop three in the BCHL.
He’s not all defense, as recently his numbers show he does know his way around the net. In his last eight games, Serratore has two goals and five points, including scoring the game-winner against Trail eight days ago. Those five points in eight games coming after he had five points in his first 27 games; peaking at the right time.
Air Force Academy isn’t just about training to be an Astronaut or an F-16 pilot. The Academy offers 32 academic majors in variety of fields from astronautical engineering to social sciences.The Academy is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is “Recognized as one of the nation’s finest four-year institutions of higher learning.” Cadets graduate with a bachelor of science degree and are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force; pretty cool stuff.
The Falcons have a pretty good hockey program under Frank Serratore (that’s Matt’s Uncle). The Falcons sit third in the Atlantic Hockey Conference at the Christmas break with a 7-5-4 record. Under Frank Serratore, the Falcons have won two Regular Season Championships, five Conference Tournament Championships and have made five trips to the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. If you read through the Academy’s website,
you realize Matt didn’t land a scholarship just because of his name. Being accepted into an institution like Air Force isn’t easy and shows what type of person Matt is.
I’ll be honest, I was really looking forward to making a slew of Top Gun references.