College Hockey:
Weekend wrap-up 1/3/11

Tournaments, conference games and some non-con matchups were on the bill for a busy Holiday week.

Air Force was the only team to pick up four league points over the break, sweeping Bentley in a pair of close contests. The Falcons from Colorado defeated the Falcons from Massachusetts  3-2 in overtime last Thursday and then hung on for another 3-2 win on Friday. The wins moved Air Force into a tie for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings.

Another team to pick up two  conference points  was Connecticut, which bested Holy Cross in the first round of the UConn Holiday classic. The game also counted in the AHA standings. The Huskies would go on to lose in the title game to Princeton, 4-1, while Holy Cross dropped the consolation game 3-2 to Bowling Green.

Rochester Institute of Technology  got a late goal from Tyler Brenner to defeat Robert Morris 3-2 at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. The game was part of the NHL’s Winter Classic festivities. RIT solidified its claim on first place and now leads second-place Robert Morris by three points in the standings.

Army and Mercyhurst also participated in tournaments last week, with the Lakers finishing second in the Ledyard Bank Classic. Mercyhurst tied host Dartmouth 4-4 and then won a shootout 2-0 to advance. The Lakers fell 4-1 to No. 5 Boston College in the title game.

Army dropped three games last week, a tough 2-1 overtime loss to No. 17 Merrimack and then a pair of defeats in the Vermont Catamount Cup. The Black Knights fell to Harvard 4-2 and then 5-3 to Ohio State

In straight up nonconference games, the AHA went 0-4, including Army’s loss to Merrimack, who also beat RIT 5-3. Holy Cross and Cansius were blown out on the road, with the Griffs falling to Notre Dame 10-2 and Holy Cross losing at No. 1 Yale 10-3.

How’d I do?

I picked solo this week – guest analysts will return next week. I went 8-3-1 going into tonight’s game between Saint Lawrence and Sacred Heart.

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  • Bulldog07

    “MM:…I expect it’ll be close, but I also expect Yale won’t be able to keep up with the sheer speed of a Western team. CC wins this one.”

    Uhhh…what!?! Have you seen Yale skate? Yale’s going to have a hell of a fight on their hands, and may well lose, but certainly not because they’re SLOWER. I think you’re confusing the run-and-gun Bulldogs with your (traditionally) slow-as-heck “Devils in the 90s” Big Red.

  • Andrew W

    I think Yale and Air Force will be closer the the 6-1 prediction Yes they lost their star goal tender but they don’t suck

    but i agree with 4G on the rest.

  • yalehockey

    MM, are you nuts… “Yale won’t be able to keep up with the sheer speed of CC”
    Did you mix up the two teams?

  • FireSullivan

    “Wanna know the best part? I wasn’t one of the media members… so none of your complaints about any of the selections can be directed at me! Sweet, sweet reprieve.”

    That’s because the ECAC knows you don’t know crap about the league or its history.

    Mathis is also a clown for the comments about Yale and CC. Until then I liked her.

    I support the 4 Guys to take over for Sullivan.

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh there is a hockey god….Yale lost to AF an atlantic hockey team…so much for their greatness…..over rated and not deserving of their ranking is confirmed.

  • Cyanwinters

    Yikes. Going 0-4 in non-conference will certainly not help to legitimize the AHA going forward. Somehow Army provided the best challenge, taking Merrimack into OT. RIT would have been in better shape if they played starters, but a loss is a loss.

    As much as I hate to say it, it looks like RMU and Niagara are going to be our non-conference powerhouses.

  • FCC

    Dogs will be fine without him. UMD did everything they could except hold his hand and take him to class and make sure he does his schoolwork. Dylans loss it will take him longer to get to the NHL level because he could hardly compete at the College level. Good luck Dylan, break a leg!

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