Atlantic Hockey Picks Jan. 6-10

Last Week: 8-5-1
On the Season: 98-37-15 (.703)

This Week’s Picks:
Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7
Canisius at Army -The Black knight played well at the UConn tournament last week, knocking off RPI. I think they translate that into at least a split. Army is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the teams at Tate Rink. Army 3, Canisius 2; Canisius 3, Army 1.

Robert Morris at Bentley – This will be a case of a potent RMU offense against a stingy (in league play at least) Bentley defense. This is Robert Morris’ first trip to the JAR since joining Atlantic Hockey – it last played there in 2005. I’m thinking split again. Bentley 3, RMU 1; RMU 4, Bentey 2.

Air Force at Holy Cross – This should be the most entertaining series of the weekend. Both teams are coming off losses to ranked teams and this series will go a long way in shaping the top of the standings. Air Force has had the Crusaders number, holding a 10-1-5 record against them since joining the AHA. I’m picking another split. Air Force 3, Holy Cross 2; Holy Cross 4, Air Force 3.

Niagara at Connecticut – The Huskies trail the Purple Eagles by two points in the standings. The teams split last season in Niagara Falls, and I expect the same this year. UConn 3, Niagara 2; Niagara 4, UConn 3.

Sacred Heart at Merychurst – The Pioneers lead the all-time series 19-15-5 but I think the Lakers will make that closer with a home sweep. Mercyhurst 4, Sacred Heart 2; Mercyhurst 6, Sacred Heart 4.

Rochester Institute of Technology at Wisconsin – This is a rematch of the 2010 national semifinals, easily won by Wisconsin 8-1. RIT is coming off two impressive wins against ranked teams. But both those games were played at a neutral site, and I think the home ice advantage will carry the Badgers. Wisconsin 3, RIT 1; Wisconsin 5, RIT 2

Tuesday, Jan. 10
American International at Rensselaer – These teams are a combined 6-29-2, but I think RPI needs this one more than the Yellow Jackets, and will prevail at home. RPI 2, AIC 1.


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