Atlantic Hockey Picks, Nov. 28 – 30

Last week:

Dan: 7-3-2
Chris: 7-3-2

On the season:

Dan: 50-29-12 (.615)
Chris: 51-28-12 (.626)


This Week’s Picks:

Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29
Army at Bentley
Dan: Bentley’s had some problems in back, giving up nine goals over their last two games. They’re also battling the injury bug with Alex Grieve and Ryan McMurphy missing time. As for the Black Knights, Brian Riley likes to joke that his team is better suited to play in the JAR than Tate Rink, and they’ll face minimal noise with students away on Thanksgiving. Army wins on Friday, Bentley wins on Saturday.
Chris: The Falcons have had the better of things with Army recently (4-0-1 in their last five meetings, and I’m expecting that to continue. Bentley sweeps.

Air Force at Canisius
Dan: Air Force is in eighth place, but they’ve played the least amount of conference games. They have the third best winning percentage at .583. They’re also 2-1-2 in their last five games overall with their only loss coming to a Denver team that’s a top 10 team nationally. Air Force sweeps
Chris: The Golden Griffins are still looking for their first win at HarborCenter. Air Force has been hot and cold so far this season but I have a feeling the Falcons are on the upswing. Air Force sweeps.


Saturday, November 29
Rochester Institute of Technology at Yale
Dan: Yale’s an interesting case study at 4-2-1 since they’ve played only one game outside of ECAC (their 1-0-1 non-conference record came against fellow Ivy/ECAC member Princeton and UConn in the Liberty Invitational). That said, their goaltending’s been outstanding this year, with Alex Lyon seeing all but 40 minutes of action this season. Lyon carries a 1.87 GAA and .933 save percentage. Yale wins
Chris: These teams have never met, and this game has the subplot of RIT coach Wayne Wilson coaching against his son Stu, who’s a junior forward for the Bulldogs. I think Stu will have bragging rights. Yale wins.

American International at Dartmouth
Dan: Since beating Niagara, AIC’s allowed an average of 5.8 goals per game. That’s going to be a problem against a Dartmouth team that dropped six on a struggling Brown squad and defeated Union earlier this year. Dartmouth wins
Chris:Dartmouth has had a tough schedule out of the gate, and has to be careful not to look past AIC to a game against Boston University the following day. But I think the Big Green will manage. Dartmouth wins.

Sunday, November 30
Brown at Holy Cross
Dan: Holy Cross picked up a win in the first leg of their Rubin Gauntlet on Tuesday by beating Bentley, 4-2. Now they draw my older brother Mike (Brown graduate of the class of 2000 and the Bears’ radio voice) while looking for a clean sweep of the family. This is a must win for the Bears, who’ve been struggling with injuries on defense and a power outage up front in losing six straight. That said, “must win” situations are when Brendan Whittet has his team at their most dangerous. Brown wins
Chris: Brown is off to a rough start and Holy Cross is tough at home. I’m going with the Crusaders. Holy Cross wins.


  1. @Elliot Olshansky – Tim Kirby had 3900 and change (don’t remember exact figure) votes from the first round of balloting. Considering the top five vote getters made the top 10 list (Abbott and Connolly 24k, Smith 11k, Hunwick 6k, Kirby 4k), it will be interesting to find out how much of a factor the voting played into the committee’s decision making.

  2. I’m not saying that Union is not a good team.  Purhaps Union would be better served in the powers that be look to move them to a tougher league.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to see them play in HE.  After all, Notre Dame is entering the league next year.  If they can hold their own in the HE then hats off to them.  I just don’t see it.  Not immediately anyway.  And to address the point you make about losses in 2012, who have they played.  Again, I’m not saying Union is a bad team.  In fact, I like their chances better then any other ECAC team.  Just pointing out that their soft schedule, along with most ECAC teams is why teams from that league typically don’t go far in the tourney. 


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