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Atlantic Hockey Picks 12/10

Last Week: 6-3-2

On the Season: 45-33-8 (.560)

This Week’s Picks:

There’s only four league games on tap with the schedule winding down towards the holiday break.

Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11:

Rochester Institute of Technology at Mercyhurst – The Tigers are 5-0-1 in thier last six games in Erie, but I think that will come on an end on Saturday. RIT 3. Mercyhurst 2; Mercyhurst 4, RIT 1.

Robert Morris at Alabama-Huntsville – The former CHA rivals square off in a non-conference series. I like the Colonials to sweep. Robert Morris 5, UAH 3; Robert Morris 3, UAH 2.

Friday December 10:

Bentley at Army – I think the Black Knights prevail on home ice. Army 3, Bentley 2.

American International at Union – I think the 13th ranked Dutchmen will overcome an improved AIC squad. Union 4, AIC 2.

Connecticut at Sacred Heart – I think the Pioneers will find their groove on home ice against their Nutmeg State rivals. Sacred Heart 4, UConn 3.

Saturday, December 11:

Niagara at Colgate – I think this one will go down to the wire, with the Purple Eagles pulling it out late. Niagara 4, Colgate 3.

Army at Union – Union gets a home sweep over the AHA. Union 4, Army 2.

Guest Analyst

This week’s guest analyst is Ed Keller, an Army fan. He’s forgoing the Black Knights this weekend though, for a trip to Ann Arbor and the Big Chill game. Here’s his picks:

“In the weekend’s two game series, RIT travels to Mercyhurst. With AIC’s sweep of the Lakers still fresh in their minds, Mercyhurst kicks their game up a notch to sweep RIT, 5-1 on Friday and a closer 3-2 game on Saturday. Robert Morris returns to Huntsville to face former conference rival, Alabama Huntsville, and splits the series. UAH 4-3 on Friday and the Colonials rebound 3-2 on Saturday. Army, off a strong showing in a loss against Colgate uses their home ice advantage to defeat Bentley on Friday night, 3-1. Union and their #13 ranking is too much for the Black Knights on Saturday, 3-2 Union. In a battle of cross-state rivals UConn picks up a road victory over Sacred Heart by the score of 4-2. The much improved AIC Yellow Jackets play #13 Union tough, but fall 4-2. Clarkston handles Sacred Heart on Sunday 6-2.

Friday it’s off to the Big Chill in Ann Arbor … Go State Go!”

Check back Monday to see how Ed and I did.

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  • brownman

    absolutely no way mercyhurst beats RIT 5-1 on Friday night with Madolora in goal

  • Hockeyfan

    Haha I dont think Lerch has ever given UConn a win. I know they arent that good but give them some love every once in a while geez

  • http://twitter.com/chrislerch Chris Lerch

    Yep. Looks like I was way wrong on that one. Gotta give props to UConn which has figured out how to score goals.

  • Jimmy1414

    Hope these writers are doing volunteer work. They certainly don’t work like they’re being paid! The lack of coverage continues!

  • What?

    Holy cross is clearly going to be the best team this year in the east. Why can’t they play in the playoffs?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RXIYXPN5XUZ2V5UT7CEV2YHZBY A guy named Joe

    Holy Cross is a Division I team and can only play in the National Collegiate Tournament for D-I and D-II women. But they need to play a goodly amount of games vs. D-I / II teams in order to qualify.  They don’t so they do not play in the NCAA’s.

  • collegehockeyfan

    Here I’ll do a rundown:
    UND- where they were expected to be. Dell is a surprise, see if it stays that way, easy schedule the rest of the year, if they can stay out of injury and suspension trouble, #1 in the WCHA and my pick from the wcha most likely to make the title game

    UMD- 1st line doing their thing, goal tending holding their own, should stay in the top three in the WCHA and top ten in the nation the rest of the year if they stay healthy.

    DU – surprise here with all the lost talent, young guys stepping up, especially in the net. Gwoz will always put a team out that will compete, no matter the age.

    UNO- opened some eyes early, but seems like they have blue-flamed, will down spiral as they are getting used to the WCHA grind. Blais will get them motivated and may beat some upper echelon teams, but will not finish in the top half of the WCHA because of inconsistent play.

    CC- rough start, some young talent, I think they will turn some heads second half of the year, may see them in the national tournament, my sleeper pick for the tourny.

    UM- can you say inconsistent??? tough to say how the rest of this season will go, especially after their series up at UND, where they have crumbled in years past. Wish I could say Bye Bye Lucia after this year.

    UW- I would say they are a small disappointment, getting embarrassed at home to UND and UMD, but their schedule lightens up the second half, I would say they will creep in the 5 spot, earning a home playoff series for the final five.

    UAA- Extremely pesky team to try and sweep, look for them to finish in the lower half, but wouldn’t surprise me if they upset someone and are in Minneapolis for the Final Five.

    MSU- About normal for the Mavs around this time of year, couple big wins, but still not going to get them out of the first round of the final five.

    BSU- definitely feeling the transition, wont do anything this year, look for them to slowly creep up in the WCHA in future years.

    SCSU – WOW, talk about the underachiever of the decade… not much else to say, goal tending is god awful, and the Roe diving act is no longer working, throw in the towel, there’s always next year.

    MTU- yeah they won a couple NC games early against mediocre at best teams, will finish at the bottom.

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