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Three Things: Atlantic Hockey Monday Nov. 12

Three things from Atlantic Hockey play this weekend:

1. Two teams have been able to open some distance from the pack, with Niagara and Holy Cross four points ahead of the rest. But the Crusaders have two loses to go with their five wins, while the Purple Eagles remain perfect in conference play (5-0). Niagara swept Army 5-0, 4-1 last weekend and has now outscored AHA competition 19-2 in those five games. Holy Cross defeated Bentley (4-3) and Sacred Hart (6-3) to keep pace.

2. After finishing in the top four all six seasons it’s played in Atlantic Hockey, Rochester Institute of Technology has stumbled to a 1-3-1 start in conference play, with all three losses coming at home. The Tigers had never before lost three conference home games in a regular season and never came out of a home weekend series with less than a point. But losses to Mercyhurst (5-3) on Friday and Canisius (6-3) on Saturday begs the question: Is this an aberration or the New Normal for RIT? The Tigers have never played an AHA post-season game outside of Rochester, but that mark may fall as well this season unless things can be turned around. RIT travels to Holy Cross for a pair of games this weekend.

3. American International and Connecticut both registered good non-conference wins last week. The Yellow Jackets defeated Quinnipiac 2-1 on Election Night, and UConn won 3-1 at Merrimack on Saturday. Those can be put on the wall next to wins for the league against Michigan (RIT), Alaska (Canisius), and Quinnipiac (Robert Morris). No wins against the WCHA yet, but Air Force tied Alaska-Anchorage and Canisius took Minnesota to the limit in a 1-0 loss.

4. And a bonus if you haven’t seen this. I like to call it the “Full Serratore” – a post-game press conference with Air Force coach Frank Serratore. Always quotable and with never a dull moment, this example from Friday’s 5-1 win at Penn State is getting passed around a lot. As I tell people who have sent me the clip: Welcome to my world. This is not atypical, and I get the benefit of quotes like this all season. And Serratore correctly predicted the result of Saturday’s game. Enjoy.

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  • HP1015

    Slight correction, SLU beat Colgate/Cornell in the first league weekend last season (Nov 5-6).

    • Burgie12

      And vs Brown / Yale on Jan 22-23, 2010.

      Maybe Josh meant first league sweep away from home since Feb 27-28, 2009.

  • Joshua Boyd

    Yes, indeed, road sweep is what I meant. Sorry for the confusion. 

  • Canuck

    2 prarie boys from Lethbridge stopping some shots!  Malcolm Weninger showdown Feb 3rd!

  • David McKee

    can someone please explain how exactly cornell is a “rising force?”

    • Anonymous

      Re-Energized from the relative mediocrity of a 4th place ECAC finish last year? I mean they could be back to being nationally relevant again this year, after what, one year of not being a national contender? I don’t know its a ridiculous statement.

  • Christopher Bangs

    I hear you David.  Probably because the Big Red had a bit of a disappointing season last year.  But to call them a “rising force” is a bit ignorant considering the success of the program over the decades.  They look good this season so far though.  Nice to see Shafer’s team nationally ranked again. 
    On another note – I still remember your 59 save performance against Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament a few years back.  That was probably the most impressive game I have seen by a goalie (college or pro) period.  Hope life is treating you well Mr. McKee