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College Hockey:
Atlantic Hockey Picks Jan. 6-10

Last Week: 8-5-1
On the Season: 98-37-15 (.703)

This Week’s Picks:
Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7
Canisius at Army -The Black knight played well at the UConn tournament last week, knocking off RPI. I think they translate that into at least a split. Army is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the teams at Tate Rink. Army 3, Canisius 2; Canisius 3, Army 1.

Robert Morris at Bentley – This will be a case of a potent RMU offense against a stingy (in league play at least) Bentley defense. This is Robert Morris’ first trip to the JAR since joining Atlantic Hockey – it last played there in 2005. I’m thinking split again. Bentley 3, RMU 1; RMU 4, Bentey 2.

Air Force at Holy Cross – This should be the most entertaining series of the weekend. Both teams are coming off losses to ranked teams and this series will go a long way in shaping the top of the standings. Air Force has had the Crusaders number, holding a 10-1-5 record against them since joining the AHA. I’m picking another split. Air Force 3, Holy Cross 2; Holy Cross 4, Air Force 3.

Niagara at Connecticut – The Huskies trail the Purple Eagles by two points in the standings. The teams split last season in Niagara Falls, and I expect the same this year. UConn 3, Niagara 2; Niagara 4, UConn 3.

Sacred Heart at Merychurst – The Pioneers lead the all-time series 19-15-5 but I think the Lakers will make that closer with a home sweep. Mercyhurst 4, Sacred Heart 2; Mercyhurst 6, Sacred Heart 4.

Rochester Institute of Technology at Wisconsin – This is a rematch of the 2010 national semifinals, easily won by Wisconsin 8-1. RIT is coming off two impressive wins against ranked teams. But both those games were played at a neutral site, and I think the home ice advantage will carry the Badgers. Wisconsin 3, RIT 1; Wisconsin 5, RIT 2

Tuesday, Jan. 10
American International at Rensselaer – These teams are a combined 6-29-2, but I think RPI needs this one more than the Yellow Jackets, and will prevail at home. RPI 2, AIC 1.

 

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  • Hamdenite

    Thanks for the update. I wouldn’t want to take on Colgate in the first round. They are skating very well.

  • Vicb

    WOW Princeton takes on both Dartmouth and Cornell tonight. Split squad??? Does Clarkson get the knight off????

    • HELLZCOWBELLS

      Yeah, didn’t you hear? Princeton wanted to end the season doing something that no team has ever done; challenge two teams at once. Defensively, Cornell/Dartmouth is going be tough, with two goalies blocking shots. If I was Princeton, I’d aim for the eleven hole. On the other hand, with twice as many players crowding the Cornell/Dartmouth bench, it is safe to expect slow line changes and frequent “too many men on the ice” penalties. The Cornell players have always had trouble counting to five. Princeton will also enjoy double home ice advantage with Clarkson’s team joining their pep band for the night off. Although, if the game turns into a blow out, Clarkson may send Karpowich to replace that soulless ginger goalie that Princeton has. My guess of the outcome of the game? Cornell 0 Dartmouth 2 and Princeton 3 in OT. Should be a good one.

  • YouSee

    Union ties a non-TUC and drops two spots in the PW, not good. Although Maine, BU, Colorado C and Wisconsin are behind them in the PW, they will get closer attention based upon their “reputations”. I don’t care that there is this supposed “formula” for the committee; mark my words.

    • ThankURaiders

      QU is now a TUC

  • YouSee

    People talk about the strength of the various conferences. I’d venture to say that Colgate is the best last-place team in the country. The ECAC is strong top to bottom. Hockey East? UMass andUMass-Lowell are very weak.

  • EliBlue

    saw Colgate play Yale last night and they were extremely tight defensively and employed a trap. Union should do damage in the NCAA tournament and I’m hoping they knock off one of the big boys who will no doubt look past them. RPI could have strengthened a bid to have three ECAC teams in but highly unlikely now

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