Atlantic Hockey Picks 11/4-11/6

Last Week: 6-4-2 (I had the Niagara-Colgate split right but on the wrong nights)
On the Season: 36-13-6 (.703)

This Week’s Picks:

Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5:
Sacred Heart at Air Force – Sacred Heart seems to play the Falcons tough no matter what their record, evidenced by the Pioneers taking three of four points from the Falcons last season. But I think after blowing a late lead at home last weekend, Air Force will be fired up. Air Force 5, Sacred Heart 2; Air Force 4, Sacred Heart 2.

Connecticut at Mercyhurst – I think this will be the most entertaining series of the weekend and the hardest to predict. UConn swept the Lakers out of the playoffs last season.  I’m picking a split here. Mercyhurst 4, UConn 3; UConn 5, Mercyhurst 4.

Holy Cross at Niagara – Both teams figure to finish near the top of the standings, so this is a big early-season series since it is the only meeting between the two schools. Niagara leads the all-time series 5-1, but  I’m again thinking split. Holy Cross 3, Niagara 2; Niagara 3, Holy Cross 2.

Army at Rochester Institute of Technology  – Both teams are having trouble scoring goals so far this season, and the teams have just one win between them. I’d pick a tie in at least one game if I could, but instead I think RIT rebounds at home in a pair of close games. RIT 3, Army 2; RIT 4, Army 3.

American International at Robert Morris – The Yellow Jackets have never beaten the Colonials (0-5-1) and even though they are an improved team I’m still giving RMU the advantage, especially at home. RMU 3, AIC 2; RMU 4, AIC 2.


Saturday, November 5 & Sunday, November 6:

Bentley at Canisius – The teams split at Bentley last season, and I’m picking a similar result in Buffalo. The teams have played each other close over the years, with the Golden Griffins holding a slim 21-19-3 advantage all-time. Bentley 4, Canisius 3; Canisius 5, Bentley 2.


  1. This team, as of today, has already met the high expectations many of us had for them entering the season. We knew entering this season that half the roster was comprised of Freshmen and that getting as far as the semi’s would be a success. What we didn’t know is the absolute roller coaster it would take to get here. Now they’ve got this proud alumni wondering just how far they can take it…

  2. “That said, the nervous closing seconds kept the Terriers from ever really being able to celebrate until the buzzer went off.”

    Huskies. Kept the Huskies from ever really being able to celebrate. I realize they’re both dogs, and writing these things gets tiresome after awhile, and BU always tends to win… but the one time they don’t it’d be great if the other team gets credit for the win :)

    • Going to fix that. Thanks! Getting those two dogs straight was a challenge the whole weekend! Thanks for pointing out.

  3. Jim, do you know what happened at the end of the game? I was there but I missed the initial problem, I just saw Parker enraged and the teams being separated. Someone said that Cronin was in the face of one of the BU players and there was shoving. I know it’s academic but I really wonder what went on and whether any disciplinary actions will be taken as a result.

  4. Per Northeastern’s student paper: After the game, there was some confusion when the officiating crew directed the Northeastern players into the locker room before shaking hands with the BU players, who were waiting at center-ice.
    This all according to Cronin: His team was told to leave the ice immediately following the final whistle. While Cronin was sorting it out with the officials, BU’s Adam Clendening skated over and told him to “shut-up.” Cronin grabbed Clendening’s arm (which Parker wasn’t happy about after the game) and explained to Clendening that it wasn’t his decision to leave the ice without shaking hands.
    “It’s too bad [it ended like that] because both teams fought hard,” Parker said. “That was a great series.”

  5. Minnesota can’t take a month off, lose three players to world juniors, and play quality teams in this tournament. Either play a game in Dec. Or schedule cupcakes.

  6. It’s pretty surprising how much of a non-factor the Big Ten has been since its creation. Things seem to only be getting worse.

    • What’s hard to understand is that the three schools that traditionally had good programs (MN, WI, MI) seem to have actually become weaker in the BI6.
      What explains this?

      Is the spectacular culture of the WCHA/NCHC/HEC so potent as to be a sort of self-sustaining organism, apart from which, programs languish into an enervated, moribund state?

      I fear these once-great programs have lost much of their life-blood.

    • Imagine you are a recruited college player trying to decide where to enroll. It is just not that exciting to play Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan State 4 times each during the season. So, better players opt for other leagues. After a few years, it is just not that exciting to play Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. And it won’t help to add Nebraska, Iowa, Rutgers, etc. There are alot of “Itoldyousos” being said.

      • It’s been two years in and the big ten has played in a national championship game and the nchc hasn’t correct?
        A big ten team which by the way beat Saint Cloud state and scored a game winning goal vs North Dakota shorthanded with .6 seconds left to put their season to bed. The nchc has shown their two years they dominate October and November. Come April, not so much.

  7. There is little I dislike more than Lucia and Gopher hockey. However, in the interest of CH on the national stage, we need the “big schools” to be competitive. It is a hard truth to accept, but CH needs the big schools in the thick of things. Schools like WI, MI, MSU, etc.. need to be playing top-level hockey for the interest of the sport. There is no question the B10 talent level has dropped off. I have not seen MI play, but MN, WI and MSU, as a group, have the least talent I have seen in 30 years. Maybe USCHO can do some research on this topic?

    • The Big 10 has earned their place in the landscape. Their move was all about arrogance. They got what they deserved. On another note, they seem to be fine on the estrogen side of the rink. Oh wait, they are still in the WCHA there.

      • What was North Dakotas move about when they ditched anchorage, bemidji, tech, and Mankato? That wasn’t arrogance?? That’s the most hypocritical post I’ve ever read.


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