Atlantic Hockey Picks, October 6-10

Last week:

Dan: 1-0
Chris: 1-0

On the season:

Dan: 1-0-0 (1.000)
Chris: 1-0-0 (1.000)

This Week’s Picks

Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7
Army West Point at American International
Dan: Nothing like traditional AHC rivals coming to start the season. This series dates back to 1954, and Friday will mark the 90th meeting between the Black Knights and Yellow Jackets. Army enters this weekend 63-29-7 all time. I think they make it up to 65 to start the season. Army West Point sweeps.
Chris: We get down to business with conference games right out of the gate. AIC coach (and former AWP assistant) Eric Lang told the media prior to the season that while expects the Yellow Jackets to be better than last year, he can say that about every team in the league, including the Black Knights. I’m picking an Army West Point sweep.

Sacred Heart at Northeastern
Dan: There’s a lot of credit due to Northeastern for their willingness to schedule Atlantic Hockey teams. I’m very interested in seeing how the SHU offense comes out against the Huskies, but since it’s the first game, there’ll be a lack of seasoning on both sides. I think Sacred Heart can make this tough, but I’m going with the Huskies. Northeastern sweep.
Chris: SHU has a big challenge to start its season with a pair of games at No. 20 Northeastern. Early season upsets are to be expected, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see one here, but I’m going with a Northeastern sweep.

Air Force at Alaska
Dan: Any chance I have to post this intro for the Alaska Nanooks, I’m going to do it. It’s a fun trip for anyone who makes the ride, and it’ll be made more fun by an Air Force sweep.
Chris: The Falcons have made several trips to the 49th state over the years, and return after a two year hiatus. Air Force is ranked No. 17, and will technically be the favorite, but this trip always presents a challenge to visiting teams.That said, I’m picking a sweep for the Falcons.

Friday October 6
Robert Morris at Niagara
Dan: To be the man, you have to beat the man. And to start the season, you could make a good case that Robert Morris is ‘”THE MAN.” I can’t promise I’ll stop making Ric Flair references this season. Robert Morris wins.
Chris: This is a single meeting between with the second game scheduled for Jan. 9. RMU is the clear favorite here and that’s my pick. Robert Morris wins.

Tuesday, October 10
American International at Bentley
Dan: This was originally an AIC home game but was switched a couple of weeks ago to the JAR. I’m really interested how AIC comes out of the Army weekend, but Bentley is emphasizing the need for a fast start. This is one of those games that will eventually come back into play later this year. Bentley wins.
Chris: American International will open its season with three conference games in a span of five days. This will be Bentley’s first game of the season, and I think the Falcons will be ready. Bentley wins.

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