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AHA Picks 1/12

Six series, five in conference and one non-league set are on tap for this weekend. And I’m thinking sweeps across the board.

Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15

Army at Air Force – Always a marquee matchup. The Falcons have won the last four meetings and seven of the last eight at Cadet Arena. I think they’ll keep that streak going in a pair of close games. Air Force 4, Army 3; Air Force 2, Army 1.

Niagara at American International – This is the first ever meeting between the two programs. I like the Purple Eagles to take four points this weekend and stay within striking distance of RIT. Niagara 5, AIC 3; Niagara 3, AIC 1.

Holy Cross at Mercyhurst – I could make a case for either team sweeping the other but I’ll go with the home team. Mercyhurst 3, Holy Cross 2; Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 3.

Connecticut at Robert Morris – I haven’t been successful picking against the Huskies this season, but I have to go with the Colonials who are coming off a wild weekend in North Dakota. Robert Morris 4, UConn 2; Robert Morris 3, UConn 2.

Bentley at RIT – The Falcons were the last AHA team to win at Ritter Arena, a year ago this month. These are the first home games for the Tigers with school in session since Nov. 13 and I think home ice will be the difference. RIT 4, Bentley 2; RIT 5, Bentley 4.

Sunday January 16 and Monday, January 17

Quinnipiac at Canisius – The teams are meeting for the first time since the Bobcats left the AHA in 2005. Quinnipiac is undefeated in its last 58 games when leading after two periods. I think that streak will continue. Quinnipiac 5, Canisius 4; Quinnipiac 3, Canisius 1.

Guest Analyst

This week’s guest is Nate Lull, play-by-play broadcaster for Canisius. Here are his picks:

Army @ Air Force – Two hard working teams battling it out in this one.  Air Force on Friday 4-3 and Army on Saturday 3-2.

Niagara @ AIC – Niagara has been strong this year and normally I would predict a sweep here – but I believe AIC has turned the corner after this past weekend.  Niagara 5-2 on Friday and a hard-fought win for AIC on Saturday 3-2.

Holy Cross @ Mercyhurst – These two teams need the conference points pretty bad right now.  But I see Mercyhurst getting the sweep.  Friday 4-1 and Saturday 6-2.

Bentley @ RIT – Bentley has made improvements this year but it won’t be enough against the streaking Tigers.  RIT sweeps.  Friday: 5-2 and Saturday: 4-2.

Connecticut @ Robert Morris – Robert Morris needs to keep pace with the big boys in the conference and they know it.  RM wins 5-1 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday.

As for my Griffs – it has been a rollercoaster ride so far this season – but this team has the talent if they can put it together – the OT loss last Saturday against Wisconsin showed me just what this team can do. Another tough non-conference weekend ahead hosting Quinnipiac – I predict a win on Sunday and a classic Canisius OT game on Monday: Canisius wins 4-3 on Sunday; The Bobcats take Monday 4-3.

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