Sweeps are sweet

Three things I learned from Atlantic Hockey this weekend:

Sweeps are sweet – I predicted mostly splits this weekend because sweeps in Atlantic Hockey have been hard to come by lately. But this weekend we saw four sweeps and in two other cases, a win and a tie earned. Robert Morris and Rochester Institute of technology earned road sweeps, while Air Force and Mercyhurst got three road points.

West dominates – The east pod had played almost even with the west since the holidays, but things reverted to the early season trend of the western teams dominating the inter-pod match-ups. Western teams were 10-0-2 this past weekend, the last of inter-pod play, and now make up the top five slots in the standings.

Sacred Heart keeps finding new ways to lose – The Pioneers looked like they were on their way to their first conference win of the season on Sunday, leading Canisius 3-1 with 10:05 to play. But the Golden Griffins rallied for three goals during a 2:52 span in the final minutes to win, 4-3. “The last seven or eight minutes, we decided to play team hockey and selfless hockey and we were rewarded for it,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. No reward for Sacred Heart, which was swept by Canisius for the first time in almost 13 years.

Getting my vote

Here’s my ballot for Monday’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s poll:
1. Minnesota-Duluth
2. Boston University
3. Notre Dame
4. Minnesota
5. Michigan
6. Boston College
7. Merrimack
8. Colorado College
9. Ohio State
10. Cornell
11. Ferris State
12. Western Michigan
13. Mass-Lowell
14. Denver
15. Union
16. Michigan State
17. Northern Michigan
18. Miami
19. North Dakota
20. Maine

21 COMMENTS

  1. Such a BSU hater because of the style they play. Please tell me how playing an up-tempo style would help them? They don’t have the horses the big boys have so they need to play a grind-it-out style for wins and the fans appreciate their hard work. Trying to play like UND gets you 5-2 losses.

  2. @simon: I’m confused, are you directing your comment at anyone? Quite frankly i don’t see any BSU hating in the article. As a Sioux fan I am unhappy with their play but i understand the game and I’ve played it. Every team cycles, and the fact that this year might be the year the Sioux end up at the bottom of the league is depressing but also a way of understanding. J.T. Miller a first rounder opt out before the year started. our next big thing in Grimaldi is out until January and with a team of sophomores and freshmen with only one true scorer in Kristo; it’s obvious why they have been having troubles. I’m not making excuses but simply rather giving my take on the growing pains. Besides Saturdays game was close until the end of the third and the Sioux simply couldnt generate offense on sunday  hats off to da beavers.

  3. Some guys always think people are bashing their team. To be honest the beaver were very luck that the Sioux couldn’t and didn’t generate any offense. This coming from a UMD fan. UND is a better team just having issues and the grind it out game Simon talked about wouldn’t have helped if UND could have scored. It didn’t work against my Bulldogs.

    • Were the Bulldogs “lucky” that the Beavers couldn’t generate some offense when they won 1-0?  No, it’s called playing solid defense for 60 minutes.  Why then are the Beavers “lucky” the Sue couldn’t generate some offense?  This is what Simon is trying to say.  While few would argue that the Sue have been the better team in the past, have a deeper roster, etc…, that does not mean that they are the better team any given weekend or even this season.  The Beavers split, which implies this weekend that they were equal teams.  The Beavers have played a tough early schedule including all but 4 games on the road, and games against ranked opponents every series with the exception of NoDak.  Still, they hold a three point advantage in the standings against the Sue.  Explain to me how NoDak is a better team right now?  Explain how shutting out a WCHA opponent is a “lucky” win?  I think Simon hit the nail on the head.  No love or respect. 

        • How so?  No scoring in 60 minutes?  9 minutes of power play chances in the 3rd period alone and no goals?  FYI, a team is made up of offense and defense.  Apparently BSU’s defense was better, their offense was better, and goaltending was better on Sunday.  Their schedule has been tougher and their record is better.  I did watch the game on Sunday, obviously you are a Sue fan with their typical blinders on.  Give me a real explanation as to why you think UND is the better squad right now.  You can do better than that.

  4. just because of what nodak has done in the past doesnt mean stink thats why they play the game or should we just hand the trophy to umd because we one last year?

  5. This is the strongest Hockey East has been top to bottom in at least a decade. Vermont is an easy out but I feel like the other nine teams are all able to beat the others on any given night. It’s nice to see the best league in the country living up to the moniker.

    P.S. Being able to gloat to my UNH and BC friends about my Warriors doesn’t hurt either.

    • I agree that the bottom is much stronger than ever, but I also think the top is a lot weaker. Merrimack is the only consistent, solid team this year. 2009 was much much stronger. Northeastern was on fire and made the NCAA’s, Vermont made it to the frozen four, UNH lost to BU in the regional final. On top of that Lowell almost beat BU in the hockey east tournament, and BC looked pretty good too but lost to BU in the semi’s. Oh yeah, and BU won the whole thing. It really doesn’t get much stronger than that. The top 5 teams were really something else.

      • Pretty tough to consider to BC, Merrimack and BU weak…Most likely all 3 will be in tourney (the former two with high seeds) and who knows what UNH will do.  Early for sure, but don’t think top of the Hockey East is that watered down.

    • Who is the Sioux you keep chanting about?  You have no nickname so im, not sure who those fans were chanting for…… 

      •  Once again all you idiots don’t know anything.  They are the Sioux just can’t be called that when playing in a hypocritical NCAA event.  Seminoles=good Indian   Sioux = Bad Indian   Nice of the NCAA to tell a race of people that their traditions and religion don’t mean anything.

        • Jon – Its not the NCAA telling “a race of people…” its the race of people telling the NCAA.   The Seminole tribe approved, some of your Sioux did not.  “Stuff” happens.  Even as a Gopher fan, I will miss the Sioux name and logo, but there comes a time to just shrug and get over it.   Maybe adopt some Irish theme to go with the colors and your penchant for March play.
          (and before some D.A. wonders why Fighting Irish is OK and not the fighting Sioux, remember that Notre Dame was founded by the Irish.  Don’t think UND was founded by the Sioux)

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