Atlantic Hockey Wrap: Holiday Tournament Edition

Posted by: Timothy O'Donnell

Air Force – The weekend marked the return of Jason Torf to the Falcons’ net. But it wasn’t the way the Falcons or Tord wanted to return. Torf came on in relief of Stephen Caple in the Falcons’ 7-1 loss to Denver on Saturday. After recording an assist against Colorado College on Friday, John Kruse’s five game point streak was ended against Denver. Kruse had three goals and five assists during that streak.

AIC – The Yellow Jackets are off until Jan. 10 when they face RPI.

Army – The Black Knights took part in the UConn Hockey Classic, where they finished third. Mike Hull had a goal and assist for the Black Knights. The Black Knights were shut out but UConn but then rebounded with a come from behind win against RPI in the consolation game.

Bentley – The Falcons traveled to Yale in their lone game of the week. While the Falcons lost 9-3, they did see the first career appearance of Blake Dougherty. Dougherty came on in relief of Branden Komm. Brett Gensler scored to extend his points streak to three games.

Canisius – The Golden Griffins are off until they face Army on Jan. 6 and 7.

UConn – The Huskies hosted their annual UConn Hockey Classic. After shutting out Army, the Huskies fell to UMass-Lowell in overtime. The shut out of Army was Garret Bartus’ second career shutout. Brant Harris had a goal and two assists on the weekend. He leads the Huskies with 11 goals. Cole Schneider also scored a goal, giving him a team leading 17 points. Alex Gerke continues to have his best season in Storrs, Conn. His 14 points and 10 assists are both career highs. His four goals tie his career high.

Holy Cross РThe Crusaders traveled to Hanover, N.H. for the Ledyard Bank Tournament, where they went winless. The Crusaders fell 3-2 to host Dartmouth before being shutout by Merrimack. Matt Ginn and Thomas Tysowsky split goaltending duties, with each starting a game. Adam Schmidt and Matt Gordon scored the Crusaders only goals of the weekend.  Schmidt also added an assist to tie him for the team lead with 13 points.

Mercyhurst – The Lakers didn’t participate in a tournament this weekend. Instead they traveled to Alabama-Huntsville to face the Chargers. And the Lakers left with a sweep. Derek Bodo had a goal and two assists for the Lakers while Derek Elliott had two goals. Jimmy Sarjeant made his first career start and got his first career win on Saturday.

Niagara – The Purple Eagles took part in the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota. The Purple Eagles fell to Minnesota before playing Princeton to a 3-3 draw. Kevin Ryan assisted on three of the Purple Eagles four goals on the weekend, which nearly doubled his total number of assists on the season. Giancarlo Iuorio also added two assists, doubling his season’s output.

Robert Morris – The Colonials played just one game this weekend. And they fell to Ohio State 4-2. Colin South scored both of the Colonial goals, doubling his season total. Nick Chiavetta had one assist to add to his career year. He has set career highs in points (14) and assists (9). Chiavetta also needs just one more goal to break hes career high of five which he set his sophomore season and tied this season.

RIT – The Tigers squared off against nationally ranked Ferris State and Lake Superior State in the Catamount Cup. And the Tigers won both games. Shane Madolora recorded his third shutout of the season against Ferris State and also collected his second career point, assisting on Michael Colavecchia’s goal. Josh Watson earned his first career victory against Lake Superior, allowing just one goal.

Sacred Heart – The Pioneers are off until Jan. 6 and 7 when they travel to Mercyhurst.

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