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Atlantic Hockey Picks Feb. 24-25th

Last Week: 8-2-2

On the Season: 149-60-27 (.689)

This Week’s Picks:

Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25

Air Force at Robert Morris – The Falcons are the only team that has locked up a first round bye going into the final weekend, but the Falcons still need three points to guarantee the top seed. Robert Morris has to sweep and still needs a lot of help to finish in the top four. I’m picking a split. Air Force 3, RMU 2; RMU 2, Air Force 1.

Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Niagara – RIT needs two points to clinch a bye; Niagara three. The Tigers have yet to beat Niagara since moving to Division I (0-6-3) and haven’t defeated the Purple Eagles since 1996. I think they break that streak, but only on home ice on Saturday. Niagara hosts Friday. Niagara 4, RIT 2; RIT 2, Niagara 1.

Holy Cross vs. Bentley – Both teams have feasted on the lower part of the standings in recent weeks, but now face each other in a crucial showdown. The Falcons need three points for a bye while the Crusaders need a sweep. I think neither team gets what it wants and will be scoreboard watching on Saturday. Bentley 4, Holy Cross 3; Holy Cross 5, Bentley 4.

Mercyhurst vs. Canisius – The Lakers need three points to lock up a bye and I think they’ll sweep their long-time rivals. Mercyhurst 3, Canisius 2; Mercyhurst 4, Canisius 2.

Army vs. Sacred Heart – This series will determine who finishes last in the regular season. The Pioneers need to sweep the Black Knights to avoid the basement, and I think they’ll do it. Sacred Heart 3, Army 2; Sacred Heart 4, Army 3.

Connecticut vs. American International –  UConn needs a point to host a first round playoff series as well as regaining the momentum the Huskies have lost since the holidays. I’m picking them to right the ship with a sweep. UConn 4, AIC 2; UConn 3, AIC 1.

So my final predictions for the regular season standings are:

1. Mercyhurst
2. Air Force (loses tiebreaker with Mercyhurst)
3. RIT
4. Niagara
5. Bentley (loses tiebreaker with Niagara)
6. Holy Cross
7. Robert Morris
8. Connecticut
9. Canisius
10. AIC
11. Sacred Heart
12. Army (loses tiebreaker to Sacred Heart)

 

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  • Skennys2145

    Team “Cornell”, umm, I mean team Canada,  is really doing well at the MECO CUP.
    Can we have our team back, please?
    Yours truly,
    Ithaca.

  • Ms London

    I have to say I’m not amazed at the results. This seems typical for top teams right after the winter break. All players are trying to get back in the right mode while the ones that have nothing to lose bring it all. After watching SLU this weekend it made me wonder why was this team so bad on the first half??? Granted, they do not have “exceptional” talent… they have a solid defense, great passing and most importantly great positioning. Great technique overall! With that said, neither BC or  NU gave a great performance. BC players looked like they were still waking up from a nap, like a Van on a NASCAR speedway on a Sunday race… no connection, bad passing all dump and chase to the point of frustration when you start seeing the “I wanna be a hero” behavior from their players to try passing two defenseman on their own and wasting lots of shots when they had open teammates with better chance of scoring. Newsflash birdies, if you keep on shooting right at the goaltender it ain’t going in! How about better aim and some creativity? Like Dru Burns on the winning goal against Clarkson.
    BC and BU are much alike, they have a great overall talent but you never know when they decide to bring it or just show up because they have to. Hence why I agree that Minnesota and Wisconsin should be on top, they actually know the meaning of consistency!
    NU on the other hand.. Esposito was on fire! Two amazing goals (priceless!) even though they lost. You can’t blame Desjardins for the SLU goals.. where was the defense that allowed players completely open in front of the net?
    As for BU, I expected a close win since I knew Poulin would be back but Watchorn and Menard were out on top of Kohanchuk. I expect this team to get back to its powerhouse mode soon.. very soon.
    There is not much to say for the Gophers but the fact that they set their mind to win both games and they didn’t stop hustling till they did! Like I said, mental toughness defines great teams. No D-I hockey player made it there because they didn’t know how to play the game.. but yet they seem to forget quite often. Like the NE Patriots say “Do your job”.
    Take care and play smart hockey!

  • Jmm410

    the latest womens D-1 poll shows what a joke these voters are, UW goes on the road gets 2 points in a shootout win Friday and loses 1-0 Saturday and somehow they lose 12 votes??????? If they had lost both by 2 or more goals I would have no problem with that but that clearly did NOT happen. 

    • Ms London

      Jmm410 : Honestly, the polls mean nothing till the last week. I didn’t watch the game but I’m sure the point they were trying to make was that if you don’t allow the Powerhouse to beat you on regulation on the first game and you beat them on the second this far in the season, then you (Gophers) deserve to be on top. Granted that doesn’t mean that the Badgers can’t come back and win, but as of this week out of those 2 teams that are so closely matched .. the Gophers came out wining.

         On the plus side, this will make the Badgers become stronger and will also give other teams the hopes of a possible win if they work hard. It makes the competition stronger and therefore a better game to watch!

      • Jmm410

        I understand what your saying but it is still a joke how these so-called experts vote. It should not matter how a team got the 2 points, regulation win, ot win or by shoot out. UW got the “win” on the road then lost, that is a split and therefore should make them even. If your number one and go on the road and split 4 points you are still number one. There is no excuse for the way these people vote.

  • Marcus1880

    i have air force with the sweep

  • http://twitter.com/The1Sandman Eric Richardson

    You give UCONN the sweep yet have AIC as #10. While that is true, you forgot to note that it leaves SH and AIC tied with AIC with the tiebreaker.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HJU44WA3Z5GDH6ZBIA67FX4ER4 The Boss

    does anyone seriously care about the AHA lol

    • ritalum

      You’re an idiot. Go away.