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Atlantic Hockey picks Feb. 17-18

Last Week: 9-2-1
On the Season: 141-58-25 (.685)

 

This Week’s Picks:

Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18

Mercyhurst at Air Force – All series are big this time of the season, but this one is probably the most critical, with the first-place Falcons holding a two point edge over the Lakers. Mercyhurst won the earlier meeting between the two teams but it’s tough to pick against the first-place team at home. Air Force 5, Mercyhurst 3; Air Force 3, Mercyhurst 2.

Army vs American International – These teams are out of contention for a bye or even a first-round home series. American International will host on Friday with Saturday’s game at West Point. The teams tied in their prior meeting and I’m picking a split here. AIC 3, Army 2; Army 2, AIC 1.

Bentley vs. Connecticut – The Falcons are hot while the Huskies have struggled lately. Bentley can go a long way into locking up a first round bye with a sweep, while UConn’s margin of error for one of the top four spots is nearly zero. Connecticut won the first meeting between the teams this season, but I’m going with the team that’s hot right now. Bentely 4, UConn 3; Bentley 5, UConn 3.

Sacred Heart vs. Holy Cross – The Crusaders are three points out of a bye position, while the Pioneers are assured of a low seed. Sacred Heart is playing its best hockey of the season right now, but I think Holy Cross wants it more right now will win both games. Round one is at Holy Cross with the Pioneers hosting at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday. Holy Cross 4, Sacred Heart 2; Holy Cross 5, Sacred Heart 2.

Robert Morris at RIT – The Colonials soundly defeated the Tigers 4-0 just before Christmas, but since then RIT has been the better team. It’s tough to pick against the Tigers at home, where they are 32-2-7 in league play since 2009. RIT 2, RMU 1; RIT 3, RMU 2.

 

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  • Vicb

    To be eligible for the ECAC Pick The Standings Contest I need your Championship pick now including the score.

  • Vicb

    OOps I meant ECAC Pick The Playoffs :)

    • http://twitter.com/SullivanHockey Brian Sullivan

      I didn’t pick last week though, so I don’t think I’m eligible. ;)

      • Vicb

        I did throw your late picks into the contest last week so you were eligible.

  • Wainwrightd

    Andrew Calof as ECAC rookie of the year? I’m not so sure i would agree with that one by any means…

  • Northerner

    So I saw an article saying someone calculated RPI as having an 87% chance of making the NCAA. I don’t need a computer to tell me thats not even close AT BEST they are a bubble team with a 50% change, but looking at all the talented teams this year no way they get in. ECAC will get 3, MAYBE 4 teams in, Union, Yale, Dartmouth or Cornell, Colgate if they win the ECAC, and then maybe RPI. Good luck RPI, but start planning for next year.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PFFXTL46C5SGXHJCBWIWK7XBUA Drew

      Pairwise says they do.

      ECAC gets 4 in.

  • Css228

    Whoever is between the pipes tonight for the Red I assume they won’t give up much. The Red tied Darmouth at. NH and won at home in OT. So what does this mean on netural ice? I have no clue. Mello is great between the pipes but he hasn’t been as great of late. Ill take Cornell in a squeaker 2-1 and Yale 4-2

  • Siwanoy

    I’m going to predict that our excellent ECAC reporter will go 0 for 2. Yale is a bit skittish right now about how they start out, and they expressly remember escaping with a tie on their home ice after Colgate took it to them. Whereas I had been thinking that Colgate wasn’t doing much beyond benefitting from a desperation coach’s ploy of implementing some clever stripped down neutral zone trapping, it’s turned into more than that. There is real talent there that was simply nowhere to be found just a few weeks ago. I think they have the adrenalin flow to deliver the goods. Cornell was always talented and finally is gelling. I didn’t like Dartmouth against Harvard — I was wrong, but just wrong — and so I certainly don’t like Dartmouth against a talented Cornell team. I say upstate New Yorkers will own Jersey!

    • Kenlenskold

      close

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PFFXTL46C5SGXHJCBWIWK7XBUA Drew

      Oops…guess not.

      And the clinched the overall #1 seed too…

      Have fun with BC in the semis (if you get there).

      4 more to the title!

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PFFXTL46C5SGXHJCBWIWK7XBUA Drew

        BTW – “skittish”?

        13-2 in their last 3 games with a 2-1 shots advantage in all 3?

        As opposed to UND locked in a 2-2 game tonight? Or Michigan doing their usual (5-1 loss)?

        Get real.

        Yale’s 4th line is faster than these teams 1st lines.

        WATCH the games, then post, OK?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD7KSGIYMAEFXG7Z3S6CBUEAOM John Smith

    Dear brian Sullivan, I am just posting this now because I didn’t want to jinx colgate on their playoff run. But brian who called it… i did. I said at the end of the regular season to stop saying colgate will lose (brown rule) and that they would do what brown did in the playoffs last year and go to the semis. Colgate beat rpi and union and i was right so hah.

  • Bone171

    Awful [deleted by moderator] hire.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E2645VSY7XHP4DKUGCTNIRAV4Y T

    Excellent choice if true. CCHA could be in trouble with new Big 10 league. Right time for Tom to leave. Go State!!!!

    • Ilas

      Msu is gonna get rocked even harder in the big 10 with this guy as their coach!

  • Jon

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Ring_of_Fire

    Hmmm…I thought the captain was supposed to go down with his ship, not defect to the b*stard who shot the torpedo…..

  • Davyd83

    So Paula, have you independently confirmed this, or are you just reporting what someone else is reporting?

    • Paula Weston

      I’m just repeating what’s making the rounds here in mid-Michigan. If it turns out to be just a rumor, then it’s just that and several people will have a good laugh. There are television stations in Lansing reporting that the announcement will come at 4:00 today. I have no confirmation.

      In fact, I have no coffee, and I need some to finish up these NCAA regional pieces…

  • anon

    “Anastos’s career record is 0-0. He’s spent the last 13 years taking the CCHA nowhere in particular as its commissioner. Before that he was president of the NAHL, which crumbled shortly after his departure and has been almost entirely supplanted by the USHL. According to HockeyDB his coaching credentials consist of a single season as a Michigan State assistant 20 years ago; before that he spent four years coaching UM-Dearborn’s club(!) team.”

  • Bob

    So, MSU is going to stake their program on a former college player with two years of ASSISTANT coaching experience and several years in the league office. Yeah, this’ll work…err…

    • Goalie Fan

      Another reason the Big Ten (I mean 6) is going to be a chit show!

  • Davyd83

    Earlier today WILX had reported they had “confirmed” Danton Cole would be named at 4 pm. They have since pulled that story and replaced it with the Anastos rumor. There is not even a mention of a press conference scheduled an hour and 40 minutes from now on the MSU website.

  • Paula Weston

    And I just got a press release from MSU to confirm it. The press conference will stream on MSUSpartans.com.

    Remember: Don’t kill the messenger.

  • Halmt

    He’ll find gimmics like shootouts and 3-point wins don’t work behind the bench.

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  • Anonymous

    If Anastos were an airline pilot, he’d ask for an ejection seat so he could bail out right before he flew the plane into the ground.

  • BadTimes(for)HockeyComing

    Thanks for screwing over the rest of the teams you allegedly worked to look out for over the past 13 years, Captain Tom. Glad you turned tail like a rat and abandoned a sinking ship. May Sparty get trounced in the BTHC for years to come.

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