Atlantic Hockey Picks, Nov. 21 – 25

Last week:

Dan: 4-3-4
Chris: 2-5-4

On the season:

Dan: 43-26-10 (.608)
Chris: 44-25-10 (.620)


This Week’s Picks:

NOTE: Dan Rubin, away on his honeymoon, sent me his picks before his wedding. He asked me to write “some awesomely funny comments for me”. Uhuh. Plus we have some bonus picks due to pair of games on Tuesday.

Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22
Canisius vs. Mercyhurst
Chris:Friday’s game at Mercyhurst has been postponed due to a snowmaggedon that hit the area between Buffalo and Erie hard. At the time this is published, Saturday’s game in Buffalo is still on. I usually go with the home team in these home-and-home series, but I’ve been burned a lot using this method so far this season. Plus I think Mercyhurst is the better team right now so I am picking the Lakers to keep the Golden Griffins winless at HARBORCENTER.
Dan: Dan might make some crack about how HARBORCENTER is now all in caps in the school’s and league’s press releases. Is it supposed to be an acronym? Have fun making some up. Anyway, Dan likes Canisius at home on Saturday.

Robert Morris at American International
Chris: The Colonials suffered their first defeat last Saturday at home to Air Force and look to rebound on the road. AIC has the reputation of stinging teams ahead of them in the standings but I think RMU gets it rolling against a struggling Yellow Jackets defense. Robert Morris sweeps.
Dan: Dan has been saying for the past couple of seasons that when he picks against RMU, they win and vise versa. Sorry, Sons of Schooley, but he’s picking an RMU sweep.

Army at Niagara
Chris:Niagara got its first win on Nov. 8, 3-2 in overtime at Bentley, and then was off last weekend. The Purple Eagles have several of their injured players back, and I think this weekend marks the return of a little of the Dwyer magic that made NU almost unbeatable at home prior to last season. Niagara Sweeps.
Dan: I (Chris) thought I was making a gutsy call as one could easily make a case for Army to be the favored team, but Dan is also picking Niagara to sweep. Now I don’t feel so intrepid.

Sacred Heart at Rochester Institute of Technology
Chris: RIT has owned Sacred Heart since joining Atlantic Hockey: 16-4 all time and unbeaten (8-0-1) in its last nine games with the Pioneers. But this is an improving SHU team that knocked off UConn last weekend and has beaten Bentley and Canisius. I’m going with a split. Sacred Heart wins on Friday; RIT wins on Saturday.
Dan: Sacred Heart has had some success against Bentley the past couple of seasons, and Dan sees a lot of Bentley games, so I can understand why he picks Sacred Heart to sweep.

Friday, November 21
Air Force at Denver
Chris: The Falcons are coming off a good weekend at Robert Morris and came with seconds of knocking off (then) third-ranked North Dakota a couple of weeks back. But I think No. 10 Denver gets it done at home.
Dan: Dan deems Denver desirable to deliver. Pioneers win.

Bentley at Harvard
Dan: Dan is going to tell you that the third time will be charm for the Falcons, who for two straight seasons have brought 500 fans to the Bright Hockey Center to see their team shut out (5-0 in 2012 and 3-0 in 2013). He’s picking (cough, homer, cough) Bentley to win.
Chris: History repeats. Harvard wins.

Saturday, November 22
Colorado College at Air Force
Chris: Air Force hasn’t had much success at home so far this season (2-3-1) but Colorado College is 2-7 and has scored two goals in its last three games. I’m predicting an Air Force victory.
Dan: Dan fails to see the superiority of my logic and picks CC to win.

Tuesday, November 25
Bentley at Holy Cross
Dan: Dan’s going with the home team here in a game he would probably be broadcasting if he didn’t decide to GET MARRIED IN THE MIDDLE OF HOCKEY SEASON. He thinks Holy Cross will win.
Chris: I will definitely be catching this one on These teams have a nice little rivalry going and I expect this to be an entertaining contest. I like Bentley to pull out a win on the road.

Army at Providence
Chris: Providence has tumbled down the polls but has had a tough schedule so far and I think still has the ability to defeat an improving Army squad. PC wins.
Dan: Dan is also picking Providence. Wait, can I change my pick?