Atlantic Hockey Power Rankings

Posted by: Timothy O'Donnell

It was a rather disappointing weekend for Atlantic Hockey, going 1-8-2 in non-conference games. Holy Cross’ victory over Clarkson prevented the league from having a winless weekend. And so here are this week’s Atlantic Hockey Power Rankings.

1. Holy Cross – The Crusaders are the only unbeaten left in Atlantic Hockey, albeit they’ve only played two games. Paul Pearl’s team scored six goals in their first regular season game and followed it up with a win over ECAC foe Clarkson. Brandon Nunn has four points in the two games while Jake Youso looks primed for a big sophomore season.

2. Niagara – Aside from a 10-2 blowout lose at Colgate, the Purple Eagles have had a chance to win every game so far this season. Unfortunately, they’ve only come out with one win so far. In both games against Michigan State this weekend, the Purple Eagles led 2-0 going into the third period but could only muster one tie.

3. Bentley – Like Holy Cross, the Falcons have only played two games so far this season. They beat Sacred Heart before falling to Michigan. Brett Gensler, fresh off a 50-point season, already has six points in two games.

4. Air Force – The Falcons have yet to win a game this year, but do have two ties. Unfortunately for them, they were blown out by Colorado College and Denver this past weekend. The Falcons were outscored a combined 11-2. Jason Torf has appeared in every game so far, including starting both blowouts this weekend.

5. Army – Believe it or not, the Black Knights sit in first place thanks to a three point weekend against Sacred Heart. Rob Tadazak started both games over Ryan Leets and stopped a combined 50 shots while allowing six goals. Andy Starczewski recorded a hat trick in the first game of the series.

6. Robert Morris – The Colonials have played just twice, splitting a weekend series with Quinnipiac. The Colonials did shut out then No. 18 Quinnipiac 4-0 after being shutout by the same score the night before.

7. UConn – The Huskies only game so far was a 4-1 defeat at UMass. Tyler Helton scored his first career goal for the Huskies lone tally of the night.

8. RIT – The Tigers started the season off with a thrilling overtime victory over Michigan but have lost two straight since. Josh Watson and Jordan Ruby have split starts as Wayne Wilson tries to figure out who will be the No. 1 goalie. Jeff Smith’s five points are halfway to his career high, recorded last season.

9. Mercyhurst – The Lakers are another winless team but also have yet to play a game at home. They’ve been on the road for all three games so far and won’t play at home until Dec. 7. Luckily, the Lakers face Sacred Heart this weekend.

10. AIC – The Yellow Jackets downed Penn State in the Nittany Lions first NCAA game but have lost the next two games, including a 602 defeat at the hands of Holy Cross.

11. Canisius – The Golden Griffins have four goals in four games. Unfortunately, three of those goals in one game, a win over Alaska. They’ve also been shutout twice in the four games. It seems as though the scoring problems of last year have carried over into this season.

12. Sacred Heart – The Pioneers were 33 seconds away from their first victory of the season but allowed Army to tie the game. Luckily, the Pioneers were able to get a point out of the tie but they’re still looking for a win, losing three of the first four games.

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