Other than couple of conference matchups (with some surprising results), this was a weekend for Atlantic Hockey teams to travel to ECAC barns. AHA teams did not fair well, going 0-6-1.
Bentley earned a come-from-behind 3-3 tie at Clarkson on Saturday, scoring three times in the final period. Niagara also erased a 3 goal deficit at RPI, but fell in overtime.
Defending champs RIT are still winless on the season with a pair of losses to RPI and Union. The Tigers were outscored 11-3 in the two games. RIT started last season 0-5, so coach Wayne Wilson isn’t pushing the panic button, but last weekend was definitely a step back after stronger showings in losses to St. Cloud and Nebraska-Omaha.
The big news in conference play was AIC’s first ever win over Air Force on Friday. The Yellow Jackets came into the game 0-19-1 all-time against the Falcons, but erased a 2-0 deficit and won 5-3. That seemed to awake a sleeping giant as Air Force came back the next night with a 12-0 win.
Connecticut won its opening AHA contest with a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Army, while Canisius took three of four points at Sacred Heart.
Bentley, Niagara and RIT have all yet to start league play, with the Tigers and the Purple Eagles getting started this weekend. The Falcons don’t open league play until November 3, when they host Sacred Heart.
How’d I Do?
I went 7-4-1 last weekend for a season total of 13-7-1 (.643). My upset special (Niagara over RPI) came close, but the Purps lost in overtime.
Guest analyst Mark Komar was 5-6-1. He wants a rematch, but I’m also looking for other folks to take me on. Drop me an email if you’re interested.