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Atlantic Hockey update – the regular season finale

Last night didn’t settle much in Atlantic Hockey. With one game to play in the regular season, there are still five teams in the running for the remaining two first-round byes (Air Force and Niagara have clinched the first two), and three teams eligible for the regular season title.

Here’s the breakdown:

Air Force (14-6-6; 34 points)
Best: First
Worst: Fourth
Final Opponent: at Robert Morris
Outlook: The Falcons need a win to clinch the regular season title.

Niagara (14-6-6; 34 points)
Best: First
Worst: Fourth
Final opponent: at RIT
Outlook: The Purple Eagles need to beat RIT and have Air Force gets less than two points to win the regular season.

Rochester Institute of Technology (14-7-5; 33 points)
Best: First
Worst: Sixth
Final opponent: Home against Niagara
Outlook: The Tigers could win the regular season title with a win and an Air Force loss. They need a point to get a first-round bye.

Bentley (13-6-7; 33 points)
Best: Second
Worst: Sixth
Final opponent: at Holy Cross
Outlook: Bentley needs a win to clinch a first-round bye.

Mercyhurst (14-8-4; 32 points)
Best: Second
Worst: Seventh
Final opponent: Home against Canisius
Outlook: The Lakers’ loss to Canisius last night means they do not control their own destiny for a bye, although a win puts them in excellent shape.

Holy Cross (14-8-4; 32 points)
Best: Second
Worst: Seventh
Final opponent: Home against Bentley
Outlook: The Crusaders lose tiebreakers to all teams ahead of them except Air Force. They must win and then get some help to finsh in the top four.

Robert Morris (13-8-5; 31 points)
Best: Fourth
Worst: Seventh
Final opponent: Home against Air Force
Outlook: The Colonials overtime win against Air Force last night keeps their hopes of a top-four finish alive, but they need to win again and then scoreboard watch.

Connecticut (11-12-3; 25 points)
Best: Eighth
Worst: Eighth
Final opponent: Home against American International
Outlook: The Huskies will finish eighth and host Canisius in a first-round playoff game.

Canisius (10-13-3; 23 points)
Best: Ninth
Worst: Ninth
Final opponent: At Mercyhurst
Outlook: See Connecticut.

American International (6-17-3; 15 points)
Best: Tenth
Worst: Tenth
Final opponent: At Connecticut
Outlook: AIC will finish tenth and travel to the seventh seed for the first round of the playoffs.

Army (3-18-5; 11 points)
Best: 11th
Worst: 12th
Final opponent: Home against Sacred Heart
Outlook: A point against the Pioneers will assure Army doesn’t finish in the basement.

Sacred Heart (3-20-3; 9 points)
Best: 11th
Worst: 12th
Final opponent: At Army
Outlook: The Pioneers can finish out of the basement with a win against Army.

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  • Ms London

    One again, well said Arlan.. well said overall but, I think the Dutchwoman can possibly pull the Tigers on Crimson.. granted they don’t have exceptional talent but let’s face it, neither will the Crimson in that game. What the Dutchman will have in their advantage is nothing to lose plus exceptional leadership from one of the best players that have ever worn (wears) the blue jersey. I’ve seen how much Julie has improved this squad and the impact she has on the players. This might be a key.. to beat her alma mater?
    I also don’t think PC can beat NU because the Huskies are hungry for a win particularly in HEA, this will count for the top spot. And well, SLU just fueled that last weekend. But who knows, they might be caught thinking about the future like you said.
    You know, I was expecting UVM to be a strong team this year since Pelkey was joining the squad but I guess they needed way more than that.