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College Hockey:
Hindsight

With the 2010-2011 Atlantic Hockey regular season in the books, let’s take a look back and see how the coaches and I did in terms of predicting each team’s finish:

TeamActualCoachesUSCHO
RIT111
Air Force233
Holy Cross388
Niagara4T45
Robert Morris5T42
UConn61111
Mercyhurst723
Canisius866
Army999
Bentley101010
Sacred Heart1177
AIC121212

So we all underestimated Holy Cross and UConn, and overestimated Mercyhurst and Sacred Heart. My pick of Robert Morris for second looked good until the final weekend of the regular season, but with just three points separating second from fifth (and seventh from tenth), things indeed did go down to the final games.

USCHO.com AHA Player of the Week:

Paul Zanette, Niagara – As good a season as the senior has had in general, he probably wishes every game was against RIT. Zanette had four goals last weekend against the Tigers to go with the hat-trick he had in the teams’ first meeting back in November. He has 29 goals in all this season, tops in the nation.

Honorables:

Cory Conacher, Canisius – The senior forward factored in all four of the Golden Griffins’ goals last weekend, scoring three times and adding an assist to help Canisius to a split against Mercyhurst.

Eric Delong, Sacred Heart – DeLong had four points (two goals, two assists last Saturday to lead the Pioneers to a 5-1 win over Army and a weekend split.

Jason Torf, Air Force – The rookie stopped 53 of 57 shots to help the Falcons to a pair of 4-2 wins over Robert Morris and a first-round bye the AHA playoffs.

Andrew Olson, Connecticut  - Olson had the game winner in both contests last weekend, a pair of one-goal wins over AIC. The senior leads the Huskies with 14 goals so far this season.

Men of the Month

And from the home office in Haverhill, here’s your official Atlantic Hockey Players of the Month for February, 2011:

Player of the Month: Paul Zanette – Niagara
Zanette is the second consecutive POTM from Niagara – Bryan Haczyk won the award for January. The senior had 13 points in eight games, including seven goals.
Other players nominated:  Jacques Lamoureux, Air Force; Cody Omilusik, Army; Cory Conacher, Canisius; Kyle Fletcher, Holy Cross; Tyler Brenner, RIT.

Goalie of the Month:
Adam Roy – Holy Cross
Roy was 6-0-2 record last month with a 2.20 goals against average,
Other goalies nominated:  Garrett Bartus, Connecticut; Shane Madolora, RIT.

Rookie of the Month:
Brett Gensler – Bentley
Gensler led Bentley in goals (five) and points (11) during the month of February. He finished the regular season with 13 goals, tops on the team.
Other rookies nominated: Cole Schneider, Connecticut; Shayne Stockton, Holy Cross; Ryan Rashid, Niagara; Ben Lynch, RIT

Kicking back

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Air Force coach Frank Serratore is enjoying his week off, bringing an adult beverage with him to a press conference on Monday. “In case you boys haven’t heard, I’ve got the week off,” he told the press. The Falcons are coming together at the right time, going 6-2-2 down the stretch against the west scheduling pod.

Getting My Vote

My USCHO.com Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week:
1. North Dakota
2. Boston College
3. Yale
4. Union
5. Miami
6. New Hampshire
7. Merrimack
8. Denver
9. Michigan
10. Notre Dame
11. UNO
12. Duluth
13. Boston University
14. RPI
15. Western Michigan
16. Maine
17. Minnesota
18. Wisconsin
19. Colorado College
20. Air Force

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  • lakeshoe

    The rodents are probably hosting as I don’t see st. cloud sweeping DU. I wouldn’t want to play st. cloud in the opening series either. MN needs to play WI to make it in the Final 5 playoffs.

    • collegehockeyfan

      sad but true. I would think its the end of the line for the badgers, they haven’t shown they can play on the road at all.

      • lakeshoe

        I see a CC sweep over WI this weekend. The badgers are completely out of sync and have faded from contention.

  • jackson

    So why doesn’t UND get the MacNaughton Cup to themseves? the artilcle did say they hold all tiebreakers with everyone? But anyway good job UND. And if there is a BigTen league, and Minn, and Wisc leave, where will the Final 5 be played? I think they should rotate between UND, and Denver, since no other teams r as good as they are. And to all those UNO fans… I hope u play thew goghers again… bet u will think its a totaly diff team.. there playing good hockey right now.. Don’t think UNO’s yough players can handle the pressure at the end of the season… Looking for them to get swept first round..lol

    • Bill

      The cup is for the leagues winner by points, Denver can technically tie in points and share the cup. North Dakota has tiebreakers when it comes to seeds for the Final Five.

      • collegehockeyfan

        Everyone wants to say the McNaughton is ND’s because quite frankly, Tech has swept nobody, that would have to happen plus DU has to sweep SCSU. So the odds are in the favor of the McNaughton being won already. And to touch on Jackson’s question about the Big Ten Conference if it forms…. No one knows, if that happens there could be potential conference tectonics, meaning I think half of the country will reallign conferences.

        On a personal level, I don’t want to see the Big Ten hockey conference… would create a lot of problems for some teams namely teams in the CCHA, as they will lose a good portion of their core teams that make the conference, namely Michigan and Michigan State. Although I would not mind seeing Notre Dame and Miami in the WCHA :)

      • hockey

        Worst UND can do is co-champions of the WCHA, why weren’t they presented the cup after the Bemdji game?

    • Afey311

      UNO just split with DU…with one weekend to go…we’re at the end of the season…I’d say they’ve handled the pressure they’ve had and can play with anybody.

      • Jason

        I agree with you Afey. UNO has little to nothing left to prove. They are a cinch to make the NCAA and have been able to beat all of the top teams in the conference…Not to mention sweeping the goofs, in minny, back in october. Definetly a team to be affraid of down the stretch.

  • Jason

    11 of the 12 WCHA teams represented in the pairwise…a testiment to the quality of the teams from top to bottom in the conference. Hopefully a couple of the teams on the bubble for the NCAA can put together a strong finish and make the tourney.

  • Jimjamesak

    Plenty of errors. First of all, Alaska Fairbanks. There’s two Alaska’s, please recognize as such.

    (You are the WCHA writer, where do your loyalties lie?)

    Plus UAF won a shootout to win the Governor’s Cup NOT because they won it previously. Way to pay attention to even a thread on the board…

    • http://www.uscho.com/ USCHO

      UAF goes by Alaska and not Alaska Fairbanks and has for five seasons. Theresa is following the university’s preference and USCHO’s stylebook for that school.

      We’ll leave it to her to decide whether the Fan Forum should be considered a reliable source.

      • Jimjamesak

        Ok, how about the Anchorage Daily News? The Fairbanks News Miner? Both had reports about the shootout. A little research would be good.

  • Klendog

    I see that someone forgot to put MTU in the pairwise rankings as well…I’m actually a UND, MTU fan

  • Gregg M.

    How is it the # 1 Pairwise team in the nation cannot even win it’s own conference? How weak is that?

  • Phoenixfyre1313

    it would be nice if Theresa could get it right for a change Nick Bjugstad scored two SHORTHANDED goals, not two powerplay goals…..Get with the program. Shotty journalism strikes again!

  • Goaltendah30

    Air Force ranked over RIT? come on

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