With just a little over a month left of the regular season, the Atlantic Hockey standings are as tight as ever. Only six points separate second place and tenth place, which means every weekend there’s a chance for teams to make drastic jumps in the standings. Niagara still leads the pack, nine points clear of second place, and barring any sudden slump, look set to claim their first Atlantic Hockey regular season title. The Purple Eagles have lost just one Atlantic Hockey game all season and are the only team with double digit Atlantic Hockey wins, right now.
But the Purple Eagles could soon have some company, as Air Force has been climbing up standings. Since the calendar turned to 2013, the Falcons have lost just once, a 4-3 decision to those Purple Eagles back on Jan. 5. Since then, the Falcons are unbeaten in their last six, winning five. That streak has seen them climb from the middle of the pack up to second place. The Falcons will host the Purple Eagles for two games the last weekend of the regular season. Who knows, those two games might be to decide who gets the regular season championship.
Army has lost it’s way it seems. The Black Knights have just one win the last six games after a great start for the young team. Unfortunately, that one win was an exhibition against the Royal Military Academy. The Black Knights travel to Mercyhurst for a big two game set this weekend. Both teams are still in the race for a first round bye. A sweep by either team could seriously harm the other’s hopes for that bye.