Atlantic Hockey Picks, November 3-5

Last week:

Dan: 4-8-0
Chris: 5-7-0

On the season:

Dan: 23-19-7 (.541)
Chris: 27-15-7 (.622)

This Week’s Picks

Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4
Army West Point at Air Force
Chris: It goes without saying that these games are special. I was surprised to discover that Air Force is 11-1-3 in its last 15 meetings with Army West Point, because the games are usually close. But I’m looking for that trend to continue with an Air Force Sweep.
Dan: Army is going to be hopping mad after getting swept by RIT last weekend. That should keep the games close, but I recall that I don’t totally love anyone going out west to play in the altitude. Air Force sweeps.

Bentley at Niagara
Chris: Before the season started, I would have picked at least a split here for Bentley. But Niagara has impressed and Bentley has been up-and-down so far. I’m picking a Niagara sweep.
Dan: Niagara is remarkably consistent this year and hasn’t experienced any type of drop off through the three periods. The Purps are -1 on the season and haven’t been totally dominated in any period of play. Bentley is looking to buck recent history that included a split each of the past two seasons and a 2-6 record at Dwyer Arena since the Purple Eagles entered the league. I like a split here, but I’ll take the home team. Niagara sweeps.

American International at Rochester Institute of Technology
Chris:RIT looked terrible two weekends ago in lopsided losses to RPI and Union. Then they played a complete road series at Army and walked away with four points. The Tigers have struggled at home vs. the road lately, but I think they sweep the Yellow Jackets at the Polisseni Center.
Dan: Last year’s win at RIT was AIC’s first since February, 2008 and first win in the Polisseni Center. It’s a history that’s been really, really unkind to the Yellow Jackets. I keep waiting to unveil the “AIC has arrived” war drum, especially after beating Penn State and two ties against Bentley. It’s coming very soon. RIT sweeps.

Holy Cross at Robert Morris
Chris: This will be a fun series between (IMO) evenly matched teams. RMU is having trouble scoring goals so far this season, and Holy Cross can play stingy defense. But I think RMU finds a way to get at least two points here. My gut says all four. Robert Morris sweeps.
Dan: If you’ve ever enjoyed a 1-0 baseball pitching duel, watch the series this weekend. I’m excited for it. Holy Cross wins on Friday, Robert Morris on Saturday.

Mercyhurst at Penn State
Chris: This will be the first trip for the Lakers to their in-state rivals. Penn State has been surprised already on home ice by an Atlantic Hockey team (a 3-2 loss to AIC on Oct. 20), so I expect them to be sharp. Mercyhurst is certainly capable of winning at least one game, but I think PSU sweeps on home ice.
Dan: I don’t suspect Penn State will get caught twice by Atlantic Hockey teams, though I’d certainly like to see it happen again. Penn State sweeps.

Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5
Canisius at Sacred Heart
Chris: Sacred Heart has beaten Notre Dame and UConn this season, but was not sharp last weekend, getting swept at home by Niagara. I’m picking a split here with SHU winning on Saturday and Canisius on Sunday.
Dan: I’ve always enjoyed bold predictions. Sacred Heart has had success against the Golden Griffins at home, going 2-2-2 over the last three seasons and avoiding a sweep against one of the league’s best teams. I think the Pioneers win the weekend, and since I can’t pick ties, I’m going with my first real bold one of the year. Sacred Heart sweeps.

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