Atlantic Hockey Picks, Jan. 30- 31

Last week:

Dan: 7-4
Chris: 7-4

On the season:

Dan: 92-59-21 (.596)
Chris: 102-49-21 (.648)


This Week’s Picks:

Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31
Robert Morris at Air Force
Dan: I’m pumped about this series. These are two teams going pistol hot, which means at some point, someone’s run comes to an end. Even though it’s come at the expense of the lower team,s I’m going with Air Force. Air Force sweeps.
Chris: Something’s gotta give here. Air Force has won seven straight against Robert Morris at the Academy, while RMU is 6-1-1 on the road this season. The Falcons are the only team to get the better of the Colonials so far, taking three of four points during a visit to 84 Lumber Arena in November. I’m picking a split, with Air Force winning on Friday and RMU coming back with a victory on Saturday.

Sacred Heart at American International
Dan: Sacred Heart has some major momentum after beating Mercyhurst last week. I’m taking them for a pair. Pioneers sweep.
Chris: The Yellow Jackets have had the momentum in this series recently, but the Pioneers are coming off a good weekend, taking three of four points against Mercyhurst. I like that trend to continue. Sacred Heart sweeps.

Niagara at Holy Cross
Dan: Holy Cross needs these points desperately, which I think paces them against Niagara. Holy Cross sweeps.
Chris: Purple will be the dominant color this weekend at the Hart Center, and while both teams have struggled recently (Niagara has struggled all season), I think Holy Cross gets back on track here with a sweep.

Bentley at Mercyhurst
Dan: I really think Bentley could’ve had a four point weekend last weekend, but RIT played superb on Saturday. I think Bentley gets back on track with this weekend. Bentley sweeps.
Chris: When these  teams met earlier in the season, I predicted a high-scoring series, and it was indeed with Bentley earning three points with a 4-4 tie and a 5-4 overtime win. I have a gut feeling that Bentley will again pull out at least a win and a tie, so I’m going with a Falcons sweep.

Army at Rochester Institute of Technology
Dan: I believe in Army’s ability to pick up points at some point, even though they haven’t won in their last 13 tries. RIT returns home on the heels of a big split with a chance to get up into the top five. RIT sweeps…but not by much.
Chris: RIT has dominated this series, especially on home ice. The Black Knights haven’t beaten the Tigers in their last 13 meetings and I think that streak will continue. RIT sweeps.


  1. There’s one relevant reference on the bottom of page 131 of “Blue Ice: The Story of Michigan Hockey”, By John U. Bacon. The author claims that Bevins won the award because he was so good against Michigan in the semi-finals, when BU beat Michigan 4-3 despite being out shot 36-14.

    Here’s the original reference:

  2. Blevins probably received the MVP Award at the 1950 Final Four at CC BECAUSE he played spectacular  in that whipping by CC..He also played great that BU won the semi-final game also.Mike Olson,MSU 1970.

  3. How about we just don’t write anymore articles about the Hobey until Gaudreau gets embroiled in some sort of drugs/sex/academic fraud/drunken driving/etc. scandal? Even then he probably wins it……

    • Well, given that the Hobey race (and the associated Hobey Hat Trick and Hobey finalist races) are my beat for USCHO, that really isn’t going to work for me…besides, it’s an honor to be named a finalist, and that’s usually the most interesting part of this for me, anyway.

  4. If I were them I would wait and see what this ASU adventure turns out like. They have no arena, no fan base, are in one of the worst markets in the country for hockey, and what hockey fans there are in Phx won’t be ASU fans because they already support UND or Minnesota.

    If this somehow is a tenable position, everyfreakingbody should jump in.


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