College Hockey:
Crusaders prevent a shutout in a tough weekend

Three things from this weekend’s action in Atlantic Hockey

1. Holy Cross prevents a shutout – The league did a decent job the previous week in a plethora of non-conference games, but this past weekend was a different story. AHA teams went 1-8-2 out of league, with only the Crusaders posting a win. Goaltender Matt Ginn led the way with 36 saves as the Crusaders beat the Golden Knights on the road 3-1. After being hooked on a breakaway, senior Brandon Nunn converted on a penalty shot in the third period to seal the deal.

“I was deciding whether or not to watch it,” Pearl told the Watertown Daily Times. “I was going to let the crowd reaction tell me what happened. But Brandon made a beautiful shot.”

The win avenged a 5-0 loss to Clarkson last year at Holy Cross. The Golden Knights have another shot at the AHA when they host Niagara this weekend.

2. Ya gotta protect the lead – In five of the the ten games Atlantic Hockey teams didn’t win this past weekend (0-8-2), the AHA team had a lead but didn’t hold it. Both nights Niagara played at Michigan State, the Purple Eagles had a 2-0 lead going into the third period, but lost on Friday and had to settle for a tie on Saturday.

Niagara lost the ensuing shootout on Saturday while Mercyhurst won theirs after losing a third period lead and tying Ferris State. Both games were in CCHA rinks, and the league uses that abominable practice. At least in these games, the shootout didn’t count. They actually award points for the thing in conference play.

3. Buffalo State is better than Michigan? If you play the game of comparing scores, this can be claimed. The Division III Bengals defeated Penn State 3-0 on Friday, and the Nittany Lions turned around the beat Rochester Institute of Technology 3-2 on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Michigan 5-4 in overtime on Oct. 11. As Mercyhurst forward Matt Zay said in reaction to this question on my Twitter feed:

“@: Buff State beats Penn State who beats RIT who beats Michigan. My head hurts.”- It's called hockey.


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  • Guest

    Colgate’s win at UNO is as impressive as the Miami split at home.  UNO is going to be very good.

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

      UNO may well turn out to have a very strong team this year, but the Mavs’ record and opponents don’t really bear that out so far.

  • HellzCowbells

    Some good comments here Sullivan. Personally, I think Clarkson is still heavily underrated, given their numbers. Tenth best offense, sixth best defense, including two shut outs, and third best power play. True, it is against teams that are not competitive, but Yale LOST to Waterloo in the only game they have played this year; and they are the highest ranked of the ECAC’s. Clarkson has beaten every easy team by 3 or more points for the last four games straight.

    Props to Quin and Colgate though.

    • ECACH

      I don’t know. The way I see it, Quinnipiac has beat up on some of the better Atlantic Hockey teams, except for AF, RIT, and Niagara. Clarkson has done it on probably that conference’s two worst teams. I’m more impressed by their tie in Alaska than any of their wins.

    • Rocket57

      Losing an exhibition game means nothing. All three goalies playing a period each and players who never saw the ice last year playing significant minutes only means that the coach was more interested in who deserves a look than what players will be in the lineup when the real games start

    • Guest

      Awwww, your loyalty and optimism are so cute….

  • Anonymous

    I agree that many ECAC teams are currently overrated, but I don’t think they are far off based on the NC games we’ve seen so far. Union and Quinnipiac both deserve to be TUC, and Colgate should be right on the bubble as well. Yale and Cornell are just placeholders for now, and their positions will soon shift along with the rest of the ECAC in a few weeks after conference play begins. Clarkson might look OK on paper, but they need to play tougher opponents. Many people also predicted that Dartmouth should be higher than the Bobcats and the Raiders. 

    Still too early to tell I guess.

    • Css228

      But Yale probably deserves to be ranked that high, as well as Cornell. Both are talented, but I guess we can’t really judge them until they play a game

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