Atlantic Hockey weekend wrap up 11/15/10

The last game of the week in Atlantic Hockey was the undoubtably the best. Air Force trailed No. 3 Yale 3-0 early in the third period but scored four times in the final 15 minutes to skate away with a 4-3 upset.

“This is one for the ages,” head coach Frank Serratore said after the game. “The people who saw this one saw something special.”

The win over Yale equaled the highest raned team Air Force has ever beaten. The Falcons defeated crosstown rival Colorado College, ranked No. 3 at the time, two years ago.

While the Falcons were playing non-league games and American International was idle, the rest of the AHA was battling for league points. Niagara, RIT and Mercyhurst all picked up sweeps, while Holy Cross and Robert Morris were able to pick up three points each.

Niagara staged its own comeback on Saturday, scoring four goals in the third period to defeat Bentley 5-3. The Purple Eagles had defeated the Falcons 4-1 the night before.

Mercyhust had an easy time with Army, outscoring the Black Knights 8-1 on the weekend; coming away with 4-0 and 4-1 wins.

RIT soundly defeated Connecticut 6-2 on Friday, but had to hold off a furious comback by the Huskies on Saturday in 5-3 victory.

Holy Cross overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to earn a 3-3 tie at Canisius on Saturday, and then skated to a 6-2 win on Sunday to take three points from the Gold Griffins.

And finally, Sacred Heart lead at Robert Morris 3-1 after the first period on Friday, but had to settle for a 4-4 tie as Chris Kushneriuk scored with just 28 seconds to play in regulation. The Colonials won 5-1 on Saturday.

How’d I Do?

I went 7-3-2  last weekend for a season total of 27-20-4 (.569).

Guest analyst Morgan Munizza had an outstanding weekend, posting a 9-1-2 record. He correctly called the AFA win over Yale.  I’m now 1-3 against my guests. Ouch.

Drop me an email if you’re interested in kicking me when I’m down.


  1. “They were born before a great number of current college players were conceived.”

    Really? Wow…. hard to imagine more than a nine-month age difference between players.

    • Grrr! I’ve gone in to fix that three times. It should read: “They were born before a great number of current college players were conceived.”

      It was a brain fart on my part — I knew what I wanted to say, and didn’t catch it in the proofread. Another reader alerted me to it, I went in to fix it, checked it later in the day…and it read as it does now.

      And again. And again.


      • Wow. I’m sleep deprived. I can’t even get it right when I’m trying to describe what I was trying to say.

        It should be right, now: “They were in kindergarten before a great number of current college players were conceived.”

  2. To my friends in the WHCA and the CCHA: Anchorage and Fairbanks, the respective homes, of course, of UA and UA –Anchorage were app. 360 miles apart. UA being closer to the lower 48, I measured its distance from the closest NCAA Division1 school, North Dakota in Grand Forks. The distance is 2,140 miles.
    To answer the question before it is asked, there are 10 Hockey East Schools and 12 ECAC schools, an imbalance that seems to bother nobody. My question is a simple one: why are the two Alaska schools in 2 different leagues? I can’t imagine how tough the away schedule is for both teams but was it a practical joke to have them play each other only twice a year instead of the four games in all intraleague games. BU and BC play each 4 times. The two rinks are 2.5 miles apart on the same road. BU also plays Northeastern 4 times. The rinks are 1.6 miles apart.
    Anyone out there know the history of this?

    • The answer lies in an obscure NCAA regulation commonly referred to as the “Alaska/Hawaii exemption”. Realizing that schools outside the lower 48 may, otherwise, have difficulty getting opponents to travel TO them, the NCAA allows teams that travel there (to Alaska) to do so WITHOUT those games being counted against their 34 game limit. Teams from the lower 48 can only take advantage of this exemption for ONE trip per season…and THAT’S why Fairbanks and Anchorage are not in the same conference, as it allows teams from BOTH the CCHA and WCHA to take advantage of the exemption.

  3. Sam once again looked strong. Nice to see some offense coming from someplace other than the blue lines. Nice way to end the first half of the season.


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