Atlantic Hockey Picks, December 20th

Last week:

Dan: 4-3-1
Chris: 2-5-1

On the season:

Dan: 67-40-9 (.616)
Chris: 76-31-9 (.694)


This Week’s Picks:

Saturday December 20
Canisius at Merrimack
Dan: Saturday’s game is the official kickoff to semester break for both institutions, with both schools having their final exam period end on the 18th. Canisius was a feast-or-famine team last weekend, receiving a 6-0 shutout to Robert Morris before turning around and laying some hurt on the Colonials, 6-2, on Sunday. Merrimack, meanwhile, has cooled since an incredibly hot start. After opening the season 6-1-2, the Warriors are 0-3-3. I think the Golden Griffins have a good chance to pick up a win here, which would be huge for the league as a whole. But since the AHC has been extremely poor in winning non-conference games, I just can’t pick anyone winning in good conscious right now. Merrimack wins.
Chris:I hope the Griffs got their Christmas shopping done early because they’re in action at a time most teams are already enjoying a holiday break. This is just one of only seven Division I games scheduled this weekend. Canisius is coming off a nice rebound win against first-place Robert Morris, and will face a ranked team for the third time this season. The teams met earlier this season at HarborCenter in Buffalo with the ten-No. 16 Warriors (they’re ranked 20th now) getting off to a 3-0 start and hanging on for a 3-2 win. I think this game might not play out that way, but will have a similar result. Merrimack wins.