Atlantic Hockey Picks: November 7-9

 (Tim Brule)

Last Week:

Dan: 10-1-1
Chris: 9-2-1

On The Season:

Dan: 41-13-4 (.741)
Chris: 35-19-4 (.638)

This Week’s Picks

Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8
Holy Cross vs. Sacred Heart
Chris: All but one of the conference series this weekend gives each team a home game. SHU hosts on Thursday and CHC on Friday. This should be an entertaining series and I’m giving a slight edge to the Pioneers. Sacred Heart sweeps.
Dan: Holy Cross’ shootout win kept the good juju rolling in Worcester, and I think it spills over into this weekend. That said, Sacred Heart buzzsawed Air Force in the first game of their weekend series, so I think the Pioneers get at least one. Split.

Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
Niagara vs. Rochester Institute of Technology
Chris: The Tigers host on Friday, the Purple Easgles on Saturday. This is a rematch of last season’s AHA semifinals, won by Niagara in overtime. NU is still looking for its first win, coming off a brutal non-conference stretch to open the season. I think they’ll get their first victory here, but only one. I’m going with a split.
Dan: We’re not quite on RIT Watch for the Pairwise Rankings this season, but we’re also not not there. It’s only a month into the season, but I’m keeping an eye on the Tigers (no pun intended) as the months keep rolling. Given the league’s struggles to win consistent non-league games, there’s a direct path, but it has to start with holding serve over the other solid league contenders. RIT sweeps.

Robert Morris vs. Canisius
Chris: Friday’s game is at Harborcenter; Saturday’s is at the Island Sports Center. They saw it often comes down to special teams and goaltending and RMU leads Canisius in those categories. I’m picking an RMU sweep.
Dan: Getting Canisius off the schneid against Union was a big win for the league as a whole, but the Golden Griffins now face a Robert Morris team that’s just a solid, all-around type of team. RMU sweeps.

Bentley at Air Force
Chris: This series isn’t a home-and-home for obvious reasons. Bentley has been up and down so far while Air Force is coming off its first win of the season. I’m picking the Falcons to win both games – one for each kind. It looks to me like a split.
Dan: Bentley always seems to have success against Air Force in Colorado, but the Falcons have been herky-jerky and inconsistent over weekend series. Stringing 60 minutes together is one thing but doing it on back-to-back nights is another until there’s tangible proof (call it the QA tester in me). Given Air Force’s breakthrough last week on Saturday, I think this one is a split.