College Hockey:
Atlantic Hockey Picks March 22-23 (Championship weekend)

Last Week: 2-6
On the Season: 142-81-29 (.621)


This Week’s Picks:

Atlantic Hockey Semifinals and Finals
March 22-23

Read more about each team in my weekly AHA column.


No. 7 Canisius vs. No. 1 Niagara
All that stuff about throwing out the records when these teams play each other is true. Never have the stakes been higher in this great Western New York rivalry. Canisius always matches up well with their neighbors to the northwest, but I have to go with the top-seeded Purple Eagles in a low scoring contest. If Niagara gets upset this weekend there will be about a 90% chance the Purple Eagles get in anyway with an at-large berth, putting two AHA teams into the NCAA tournament. But I don’t think it’s going to happen. Niagara wins.

No. 6 Mercyhurst vs. No. 4 Connecticut

With all due respect to the talented goalies on each team, I think this one will be more of a shootout than the first semifinal. Maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part, but this one has the potential for 7-8 goals to be scored. The more run-and-gun this game gets, the better Mercyhurst’s chances become. UConn wins if this one turns into a goaltending duel, the Lakers triumph in a goal-fest. I think the latter will occur. Mercyhurst wins.


See above. I’m going with Niagara to win it all.

My personal odds of each team winning the title:

  • Niagara: 40%
  • Merchurst: 25%
  • Connecticut: 20%
  • Canisius 15%

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  • Frostbitten Toes

    The Great Fighting Sioux relying on the success of lowly Robert Morris…… pretty pathetic, kind of like getting frostbite again…

    • Siouxbetcha

      That’s probably the most ignorant comment I’ve heard. Do you really think the Sioux need to “rely” on Robert Morris. The Sioux are in the DANCE and will have plenty of oportunities to improve their already stout TUC record . Seedings only matter to teams who are host institutions or those near one. The Sioux fans will follow their team over seas if thats where the game is played. I think any true fan can understand the parody involved in the tourney and that all 16 teams are contenders. Whether your the 1 seed or 16, there will be no easy wins. The Sioux will make their own luck.

      As for the PWR, the only thing stupid about it is that H2H wins aren’t considered as a TUC win in that comparison. All TUC games should be counted in all comparisons.

  • Scott

    Once again showing the stupidity of the Pairwise.

  • Mountainman

    I wish they would change the term “RPI”. Everytime I see it all I can think of is Rennselear Poly.

  • bombsaway

    Something else for the Sioux fans to whine about.

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