Atlantic Hockey Picks, Feb. 6-7

Last week:

Dan: 5-3-2
Chris: 6-2-2

On the season:

Dan: 97-62-23 (.596)
Chris: 108-51-23 (.657)


This Week’s Picks:

Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7
Mercyhurst at American International
Dan: I don’t think anyone can ever bet against AIC, but that’s also something we say every weekend. Mercyhurst is in desperate need of points, and I think they get back on the horse this weekend by getting four. Just be wary of the Yellow Jackets as usual. Mercyhurst sweeps.
Chris: Mercyhurst is looking to stop an 0-3-1 skid that has dropped it into a group of four teams in fourth-through-seventh place that are separated by a single point. I’m guessing a win for and a tie for the Lakers (AIC is good at stealing points each weekend) but will go with a Mercyhurst sweep.

Holy Cross vs. Bentley
Dan: The last time these two teams met, a truck rollover on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving caused the Mass Pike to back up traffic only slightly worse than it’s been this week. The game ended up delayed by roughly 40 minutes, and the bus lag allowed Holy Cross to impose their will. This weekend, things will be different. Juxtapose an image of extreme and bitter cold for Friday night against extreme and bitter rivals in Massachusetts. Bentley sweeps.
Chris: Rivalries are best when there is a lot riding on the games, and that’s the case this weekend with Bentley hosting Friday and Holy Cross on Saturday. The Crusaders snapped a dry spell last weekend and are looking to get back on track against a Bentley team coming off a great road weekend against Mercyhurst. I’m going with the Falcons in a sweep.

Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Niagara
Dan: I still thing Niagara is a team nobody will want to face in the playoffs. That said, they’ve done nothing to prove me right, so I have to pick RIT. The Tigers get their first win at Niagara in an eternity, then back up the weekend with two more points in the house Gene Polisseni built. RIT sweeps.
Chris: The Purples Eagles host Friday and the action moved down I-90 to Rochester on Saturday. I guess I have to keep trotting out this factoid: RIT has never ever ever beaten Niagara at Dwyer Arena dating back to when the schools were rivals in the ECAC West in the 1990s. I can’t put my finger on why Niagara has struggled as much as it has this season, especially after getting past their injury-plagued start. But if it’s confidence they lack, history can help with that. I’m going with Niagara on Friday and RIT on Saturday.

Canisius at Robert Morris
Dan: If Robert Morris sweeps, they all but clinch the #1 seed in the playoffs. If Canisius sweeps, they can pull within a weekend of first and essentially eliminate a couple of teams from two of the four home ice slots in the Quarterfinals. I would make this a split, but I think RMU is going to keep winning and make everyone aware that the Pairwise Rankings are an inaccurate judge of who belongs in the tournament. RMU sweeps.
Chris: Two of the hottest teams in the country will go at it in Moon Township this weekend. RMU leads second-place Canisius by 8 points with the Golden Griffins holding two games in hand. The Colonials can essentially clinch the regular season title with a sweep, while Canisius can make it a two-dog race if they can claim four points. As good as the Griffs are playing right now, I have to go with Robert Morris to sweep at home.

Air Force at Sacred Heart
Dan: After riding high on Air Force, the jets were grounded by Robert Morris’ offensive artillery in Colorado (enough military references yet?). Now Air Force comes east still battling an identity crisis of if they’re really good enough to be a top four team. That’ll get positioned nicely against Sacred Heart, a team with more fight than probably anyone else in the league. The Pioneers have done a great job lately of “not losing,” going 1-0-3 in their last four. That signifies a team that will be extremely dangerous down the stretch. Sacred Heart sweeps.
Chris: Air Force has a commanding lead in the all-time series (21-6-4) but is only 5-4-1 in games played at Sacred Heart. Still, I think the Falcons will rebound after a tough weekend against RMU. Air Force sweeps.


  1. I’m still trying to figure out how SCSU’s Mark Haritgan didn’t win in ’02. 37G, 38A, 1.78PPG, a true goal scorer. The only explanation is that being a Gopher gets you automatic votes.

    • I’m still waiting to hear how Marty Reasoner wasn’t one of the TEN finalists for Hobey in 1998. More points (73) than any of the finalists that year, had turned around BC program and led them to final that year. Don’t get me started about what a joke it was Drury got H.E. Player of Year over him besides the Hobey….

      • Issue with Reasoner was most of his scoring was done late in the season. When ten finalists were announced he wasn’t on the radar…then he went on an absolute tear. His end to end goal in HE finals was a thing of beauty

  2. Peter Sejna was an awesome college hockey player at Colorado College. With an olympic size ice sheet at the Colorado Springs World Arena and linemates who could absolutely fly (notably Noah Clarke), Sejna was worth the price of admission. I am surprised he did not play longer in the NHL. The Hobey Baker Award has more criteria than just stats. Sejna was the whole package (grades, sportsmanship, skill, stats) as I believe Johnny Gaudreau is as well.

  3. The main difference between this year and other years is that this year feels like you have to “reach” to find another candidate other than Gaudreau.

    Some years it’s a wealth of riches and people get snubbed, and it creates a hot argument as to “who should have won it.”

    Gaudreau is having a magnificent season (what’s his point streak at? like 30 games? That’s silly), but it makes him look even better because nobody else in the nation has really elevated their play to separate from the pack like Gaudreau has.

    I mean, there will always be people who say “X player is better because he plays on my team” but looking around this season it’s hard to rationalize another selection for the award outside of someone doing something really miraculous and MVP-like in the last weeks leading up to the Tournament.

  4. It seems pretty silly to favor UW’s goalie over MN’s when the Gophers have been the #1 team for the vast majority of the season – and clearly would not be there without Wilcox. He regularly bails out his team’s occasionally shoddy defense.

  5. How about no love for Goumas who is 5th in the country in scoring with 50 pts and can not even be considered because he was never on the ballot to begin with.. Ooo and his teams 21 wins would only be 9 if you took away his points.. thats how many close games they have won, with out his points they would have either lost or tied 12 of those games.

  6. The biggest thing that Wilcox has going for him is not his top 3 SV% or GAA, but the fact that he did it while playing the #1 toughest SOS.

  7. “…but I think RMU is going to keep winning and make everyone aware that the Pairwise Rankings are an inaccurate judge of who belongs in the tournament.”-Dan

    Of the current top 16 in the PWR RMU has played ONE top 16 team….results:
    2-2 Tie
    1-4 Loss
    Colgate sits at #20 in the PWR, result:
    1-6 Loss


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