Weekend wrap-up 1/31/11

Five of the 12 games in Atlantic Hockey this weekend went to overtime, with four ending in draws. For the second straight weekend, there were three ties on Saturday.

But Holy Cross and American International came though with sweeps, with the Crusaders grabbing a firm hold on a playoff first round bye. Holy Cross swept Connecticut 4-2 and 4-0 behind two strong goaltending performances from Adam Roy.

AIC moved out of the AHA basement with a sweep over struggling Sacred Heart. The Yellow Jackets won two close games: 6-4 with an ENG on Friday and then 2-1 on Saturday behind a 38-save performance by Ben Meisner.

Bentley took three points from Army in a pair of low scoring games. The Falcons won 2-1 on Friday before settling for a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Another team that captured three hard-fought points on home ice was Air Force, which tied and beat Canisius. Jacques Lamoureux had a pair of goals in each game.

In a single game affair, nothing was settled between Rochester Institute of Technology and Mercyhurst thanks to a last-minute goals by Laker Paul Chaisson to tie the game at 3-3. It was the third straight Saturday night that the Tigers have played to a 3-3 draw.

And finally, in the most anticipated series of the weekend, Robert Morris and Niagara went to overtime both nights, with the Colonials coming out on top 6-5 on Friday and the Purple Eagles getting two third period goals to force a 2-2 tie on Saturday.

All told, eight of 12 games were decided by a goal or less. Amazing.

How’d I do?

With so many ties in the AHA, it’s probably fitting that both guest analyst Jim Koewler and I were 4-3-4. I’m now 80-47-20 so far and 7-5-1 against my guests.

Want to challenge me? Drop me a line.