Three Things: October 19, 2014

Three things from the past weekend in Atlantic Hockey:

History repeats

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Canisius and Army play a two game series, with the Golden Griffins coming out on top in Game One. In 2012 it was a 5-1 victory over the Black Knights on Friday. In 2013 the score was 8-2. This past Friday it was a 6-3 win with Canisius coming back from a 3-0 first period deficit.

Each time, Saturday was a different story, or the same story depending on how you look at it. Last Saturday at West Point, Army responded with a 3-0 win over the Griffs earning a series split. Last year, it was a 1-0 win for the Black Knights. In 2012 the score was also 1-0.

A Canisius win in the first contest following by an Army shutout in Game Two. Three times in a row.

Army goaltender Parker Gahagen stopped all 28 shots he faced on Saturday.

“It was good to get that first shutout off my shoulders,” he said after the game. “It was a good team win for us.”

“I liked our effort tonight,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We had really good push by our top players but their goalie played well. We did a lot of things well but the puck just didn’t bounce our way tonight.”

Unlike the past two seasons, the teams will play four times this time around. Canisius will host Army at HarborCenter on Feb. 13 and 14.

History doesn’t repeat

Much has been made of the slow start defending champions Robert Morris endured last season before going on an epic run to emerge victorious.

The Colonials are making sure this season gets off to a different start entirely, sweeping Niagara this past weekend to open the season 4-0 for just the second time in school history.

Both nights Robert Morris scored three third period goals to put the game away. RMU has outscored opponents 9-1 in the final period so far this season.

“We’ve had a good start,” said Colonials coach Derek Schooley. “But you’ve got to stay consistently focused every weekend. We’ve had two good weekends and now we’re going to have to put that behind us.”

All’s quiet at the pumpkin convention

Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena was again a sea of orange as Rochester Institute of Technology again sold out the building (10,556) for its annual Brick City homecoming game. But RIT’s opponent, No. 7 Boston College, spoiled the party by opening up a 4-0 lead early in the second period and coasting to a 6-2 win.
It wasn’t until Todd Skirving’s goal at 1:06 of the third that the large crowd had something to cheer about.

“We couldn’t get any offense,” said RIT coach Wayne Wilson after the game. “There was no excitement on the bench at all. They didn’t allow us to get our fans into it. Their defense controlled our forwards.”

Four different BC blueliners scored in the game, in three of the cases as the trailer on an odd-man rush. 

”They discouraged us,” said Wilson. “They took away scoring chances and then scored goals themselves. They were a double threat.”

The Tigers will go from Eagles to Falcons as they travel to Air Force next weekend.


  1. Brian, it would be great if a team like Yale (or any of the Ivies) could add 2-3 games per season to play out of conference games, but there are a number of constraints on them. Is there any serious effort underway that would allow Ivy teams to add a couple of more games? Nothing crazy that would be a major impediment to academics. But it would be nice for them and for the fans to have a couple of see where we are matches against other hockey powerhouses. Also, is there any limit on Quinnipiac, Union or RPI (non-Ivies)? The more games ECAC teams can play outside the conference the better for me. Thanks!

    • There is a 34-game regular-season limit, with the exception of certain tournaments (e.g. the IceBreaker and some road games in Alaska, if memory serves). Ivies are limited to 29 RS games.

      One way for the Ivy League programs to play more non-conference games would be to scrap the Ivy Shootout tournaments that have kicked off each of the past few seasons… Ivies don’t like playing their first games against teams with a few games under their belts already, but it’s hard to deny that these Ivy-only non-conference contests are a bit dull.

      As far as adding games to the Ivy limit, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Major religions are more liberal about policy change.

      • Brian thanks. Next year, they’re changing the Liberty Hockey Invitational format so it won’t be just the Ivies. I scratch my head because Yale has games against Sacred Heart (yes, Connecticut obligation) and the Russian Red Army Stars (always noncompetitive). If they’re bound by games, let’s hope they can upgrade to play any of the following competitors from NCAA’s past: North Dakota, UMD, Air Force, Minnesota

          • Thanks. Didn’t know that. In the meantime, with six ECAC teams in the top 20, it will be fun to see how things pan out over the next few months because so many games will mean so much. If I counted right, Yale has 9 games against ECAC games ranked in the top 20. Quinnipiac has, if I counted right, 12 games against top 20 teams. Union, RPI, Clarkson, St. Lawrence have a lot (I think Clarkson has 11). A lot of attrition will occur and who knows if the committee will take more than three from the ECAC after they all go head to head (assuming not a lot of ties!). I guess I have to adjust my thinking and not say Yale needs more games against other conferences given how many top 20 games they have. But it would be good to be able to calibrate the ECAC more as a whole vs. other conferences. So if Yale and the Ivies can’t get those games, let’s get RPI, Union and Quinnipiac playing more out of conference games :)

      • Yeah, that sounds more like it. RPI gets beaten twice by a (then) unranked team and they only drop 4 to 14th? For some reason, Union still doesn’t get much respect from voters.

        • It’s November, You can’t really complain about where anyone is in the polls until at least January…because at this point no one has any idea what’s up…But from the replay I saw of Saturday night’s game (thank you RPITV), Union is a seriously classless team…watch the last 3 and a half minutes before you disagree with me. I particularly like the part where they double team Haggarty by the neck, then there’s the one where they shove another RPI player into the boards then proceed to fall down and cry when he shoves back.

          • lmdubbs, not true. RPI are a bunch of whiners because Appert and because RPI and stuff. We’re whiners because we’re complaining about our team getting physically slammed into the ice by a team with an honest 4-1 lead. We should give them some more respect.

        • You just leapfrogged from barely getting an “Others receiving votes” honorable mention, to #17 in the polls, because you swept #10 RPI over the weekend. What in the name of Terra Firma are you talking about?

          Maybe RPI remains in the polls because the coaches know what they are looking at and know RPI is a better team than they displayed this weekend? What gets me is how North Dakota is still ranked with a losing record against teams they should not have lost against.

  2. The Canisius shutout was especially painful given that Parker Gahagen was a Buffalo Junior Sabre and grew up in the Buffalo suburbs.


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