Three things from the weekend in Atlantic Hockey:
What a difference day makes
Friday’s action saw some dramatic results, including a 7-0 thumping delivered by Denver over Air Force, a convincing 5-1 win by Rochester Institute of Technology over Sacred Heart, and a wild 5-5 tie between Robert Morris and American International that saw the Colonials erase three deficits to earn a point.
Saturday was a different story. Air Force rebounded to defeat Colorado College 3-1 to claim the Pikes Peak Trophy and local bragging rights in Colorado Springs.
“We played a much better game tonight and our puck management was better,” said Falcons coach Frank Serratore after the game. “This was a huge win for our guys, for our fans and for our self-esteem.”
At AIC, Robert Morris looked more like a ranked team with a 6-0 win over the Yellow Jackets. David Friedmann had a hat-trick for the Colonials and goaltender Terry Shafer recorded his fourth career shutout.
Sacred Heart gained a split with RIT with a 2-1 win on Saturday. This…
Having their number
…win by the Pioneers snapped a 10 game winless streak for Sacred Heart over RIT. The Tigers were 9-0-1 in their last ten meetings with Sacred Heart dating back to 2010.
While SHU was able to end a frustrating streak, it was more of the same for Bentley, which was defeated by Harvard for the third year in a row. Each time, Bentley fans came out in droves to Bright Hockey Center only to see their Falcons denied. In 2012, Harvard won 5-0. Last season, it was 3-0 for the Crimson. This time around, a 5-1 win.
On an individual level, Canisius junior forward Ralph Cuddemi had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 3-3 tie with Mercyhurst. Culdemi has 11 points including eight goals in nine career games against the Lakers. One third of his collegiate goals have come against Mercyhurst.
How weird are the Atlantic Hockey standings right now?
Robert Morris continues to have a fairly large lead – currently five points separate the Colonials from second-place Holy Cross and Sacred Heart.
But less than that, just four points, separate second place from last.