Hockey is back, and with it comes everyone’s favorite weekly tradition – the picks.
The majority of Atlantic Hockey clubs will take to the ice in preseason exhibitions against Canadian institutions. Out west, Niagara takes on Western Ontario; Mercyhurst plays Guelph; RIT takes on Brock Unviersity (from St. Catherine’s, Ontario); Robert Morris hosts Queen’s College; and Carleton heads over the border to take on Holy Cross. It’s an annual tradition where CIS schools play NCAA schools in the first glimpse of hockey action.
There are six teams across the NCAA, however, who are opening the season for real this weekend. Among them is one Atlantic Hockey school – Army West Point. The Black Knights are headed upstate to Hamilton, New York to take on the Colgate Raiders. Colgate, an ECAC school, will dedicate and christen the brand new Class of 1965 Arena with the game.
So let’s get this season kicked off. As a reminder, we listed out last year’s results, won (once again) by Chris.
Last Year’s Records:
Dan: 130-82-28 (.600)
Chris: 145-67-28 (.663)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Army West Point at Colgate
Dan: This is the perfect first game, ripe for the picking for Atlantic Hockey. If the league wants to start its new era the right way, they can do it by having the Black Knights, a preseason favorite, defeat a Raider team that finished 10th last year in ECAC. I’m really high on the Black Knights anyways, so I’m coming out of the gate hot and picking them to ruin Homecoming. Army wins.
Chris: I too am brimming with optimism at the start of a new season, but Colgate is christening their new $40 million arena with this game, so I think the Raiders will have some extra motivation. Colgate wins.