Atlantic Hockey Picks Dec. 9-11

Last Week: 7-3-2
On the Season: 70-31-13 (.671)

This Week’s Picks:

Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10
American International at Rochester Institute of Technology – This is the only two game series of the weekend. RIT is 17-3-1 all-time against AIC, including 9-1-1 at Ritter Arena. I think that trend will continue. RIT 4, AIC 3; RIT 3, AIC 1.

Friday, Dec. 9
Sacred Heart at Quinnipiac – The Pioneers have an upset on the books this season (a win over Yale), but I don’t think the Bobcats will be taking the Pios lightly despite their record. Quinnipiac 5, Sacred Heart 2

Bentley at Connecticut – Something has to give here as neither team has lost in their eastern “pod”. I think the Huskies will be the team that keeps its streak going. UConn 4, Bentley 2.

Niagara at Robert Morris – The Purple Eagles made a swing through the Keystone State with games against Robert Morris and Mercyhurst. I think this will be the best game of the weekend, with the Colonials pulling out a close one. RMU 4, Niagara 3.

Mercyhurst at Canisius – This will be the 68th meeting between the two schools, dating back to their days in the Division III ECAC West. I like the Lakers to pick up a road win. Mercyhurst 2, Canisius 1.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Army at Holy Cross – The Crusaders should take this one at home, where they are 5-0 against AHA competition so far. Holy Cross 4, Army 1.

Niagara at Mercyhurst – This is a budding rivalry now that both teams are in the AHA. Mercyhurst took two of three games last season against the Purple Eagles, but I have a hunch Niagara is going to come out on top on the road. Niagara 3, Mercyhurst 2.

Sunday, Dec. 11
Sacred Heart at Dartmouth – Another ECAC opponent, and I think another loss for the Pioneers. Dartmouth 4, SHU 2.

Canisius at Robert Morris – This should be a good contest, pitting RMU’s hot offense against Canisius’ stingy defense. Special teams will be key and the Colonials have a big advantage in the penalty-killing department. RMU 4, Canisius 2.


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