Atlantic Hockey Picks March 29-31 (NCAA Tournament)

Last Week: 1-2
On the Season: 143-83-29 (.610)


This Week’s Picks:

NCAA East Regional
March 30-31

No. 4 Canisius vs. No. 1 Quinnipiac
A Canisius upset is a trendy pick. The Golden Griffins have been the hottest team in Division I over the last four weeks, while the Bobcats lost in the semifinals of the ECAC tournament but managed a victory the consolation (yeah, it was consoling) game.

I have picked against Canisius in its last eight games and the Griffs have proved me wrong each time. Why mess with that? Quinnipiac wins.


NCAA West Regional
March 29-30
No. 3 Niagara vs. No. 2 North Dakota
While Canisius may be a semi-popular choice to advance, almost no one thinks the Purple Eagles have a shot. Any team with a Hobey Baker finalist in net has a chance, provided Carsen Chubak shakes off his last game and his team plays better in front of him. I just think the North Dakotans (well, what else can I call them?) have more weapons and will win a war of attrition. North Dakota wins.

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      • Yes, the NCHC will be a very good league. I’d rather see WI and MN stay in the WCHA myself but the MN Admin types like the money.

        • Nice try. The moment Penn State went D1 in men’s hockey, it provided the Big Ten with 5 teams,and Big Ten policy requires all sports with 5 or more participants must participate as a Big Ten sanctioned league. No amount of whining or presumed ignorance is going to change the facts.

          • Also it is required by the NCAA that a league must have a minimum of 6 teams to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

          • Additionally if school does not participate in a Big Ten league when the Big Ten sanctions the sport, then the school must drop *all* participation in *all* Big Ten league sports. That just wasn’t going to happen for any of the schools that are going to be in the new Big Ten league next year.

          • thank you all for the intelligent comments. Minnesota, had nothing to do with the WCHA disbanding (as we know it at least) at least we will still play round robins with the other MN schools, but the greatest rivalry in all of college hockey is gone…UM vs UND

          • Yo might be ignoring why Penn State went D1 in Hockey… they didn’t appear out of thin air. Your fooling yourself if you don’t think the rest of the Big Ten, including MN didn’t have a part in that. The Big Ten together decided they wanted a hockey conference for whatever benifits they preceived they would get from it. Its not MN’s fault they are leaving the WCHA but you seem to be suggesting that they had nothing to do with it… and that is just plain ignorance.

          • Penn State ice hockey competed at this level all the way back to 1939. More recently they have been competing at the club level and ACHA. Your comment doesn’t take into consideration that they have been playing hockey all along, just not at the D1 level. None of the other teams in the Big 10 had anything to do with Penn States decision to make back to this level.

        • Did anyone but me notice all the media hype about the last traditional Big East basketball tourney, but no notice of the last traditional WCHA tourney? Obviously an east coast bias.

          • Or a complete ignorance of college hockey. More people pay attention to the ice in their drink glass than the ice you skate on.

  1. Too bad it’s the final Final Five. It’s sad to see the best conference in the NCAA disband, with all due respect to MTU, MSU, BSU and the rest of the “New” WCHA.

    • it is sad indeed, the NCAA is losing the best rivalry in college hockey UM vs UND. No other rivalry can boast as storied programs 12 combined titles, so many wins, appearances, frozen fours, hobeys, all americans.. you name it

      • And immaturity, trash talking, penalties, extra-curriculars, suspensions…, I won’t be sad to see those things go.
        At times, it was like watching gorillas play poker.

        • this rivalry definately had Venom, but it had more than its share of great teams and players, many of whom are in thr NHL

  2. For any non-WCHA fans trolling though,

    – yes, it’s really called the Final Five, and, no, don’t ask –

    The answer is pretty simple, it’s the final five games of the WCHA. It used to be the final five teams of the WCHA but changed when the conference went from 10 teams to 12 teams.

    • Yes it’s a gimmick. They had to keep it the final five because they couldn’t come up with an alliterative title that matched six. Super six doesn’t make it.

  3. I’m a little surprised MN jumped to the top spot in the poll this week, esp. considering they beat BSU by only 1 goal each night.
    Yes, they dominated the shot count and most of the neutral-ice play, but to be called number 1 this late in the season, I expect a team to be clicking like a turbo diesel.
    But MN still reminds of a set of wind chimes: sometimes stunningly beautiful, sometimes you can’t really figure out what’s going on, and sometimes completely dead.
    I know they can win it all, and I sure hope they do, but why do they always have to cast so much doubt their fans’ minds?

  4. Omaha can not win a playoff game. I think they still make the NCAA tourney, but way they are playing right now they will be a one and done.


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