Atlantic WrapPosted by: Timothy O'Donnell
Air Force – The Falcons missed an opportunity to tie Mercyhurst for second in the standings. A win and tie against Canisus has them two points behind Atlantic Hockey leader RIT. John Kruse had a goal and two assists while Scott Mathis had a goal an assist for the Falcons. Kruse has now recorded at least one point in four straight games.
AIC – The Yellow Jackets snapped a four game losing with a split against Sacred Heart. The Yellow Jackets needed two third period goals on Saturday just to force overtime before winning in the extra time. Adam Pleskach scored twice, including the game winner on Saturday. Steve Mele assisted on three goals, giving him a career high nine assists and a four game point streak.
Army – The Black Knights picked up their first win since Dec. 30 on Saturday. Andy Starczewski, Bill Daly, Danny Colvin, and Josh Richards all had a goal and assist on the weekend. Starczewski leads the team with nine goals and 15 points. The nine goals is a career high. Richards goal and assist were both the first of his Black Knight career.
Bentley – The Falcons have fallen into a funk, winning just once in the last five games. Brett Gensler continues to roll for the Falcons. He had a goal and three assists on the weekend and now has at least one point in 12 of the last 14 games. Alex Grieve had two goals and two assists and is now on a four game point streak and has points in eight of the last nine games.
Canisius – The Golden Griffins took one point from a weekend set with Air Force. The Golden Griffins scored just once in the two games. Braeden Rigney scored his second goal of the season to account for the Golden Griffins only scoring. They continue to hang around the edge of the top spots in the standings. With 19 points, the Golden Griffins still have a chance of moving up in the standings.
UConn – The Huskies sit in fifth in the standings, just four points out of first, after a sweep of Holy Cross. Garrett Bartus stopped 64 shots on the weekend and recorded his fourth shutout of the season on Saturday. Cole Schneider had a goal and an assist, while Alex Gerke added two assists for the Huskies. Gerke’s assists add to his career year. He has set career high in goals (5), assists (14), and points (19).
Holy Cross – The Crusaders suffered a big blow to their hope for a top spot in the playoffs, being swept by UConn. Kyle Atkins scored the Crusaders lone goal of the weekend. The Crusaders are currently tied with Canisus for eighth in the standings.
Mercyhurst – For the first time in a long awhile, Mercyhurst is not sitting in the top stop in Atlantic Hockey. The lakers took just one point from a weekend set with RIT. Nick Jones scored twice for the Lakers, both times assisted by Nardo Nagtzaam and Daniel Bahntge. Bahntge leads the team with 17 assists and is tied for the team lead for points with Nagtzaam with 25.
Niagara – The Purple Eagle are just tow points behind Atlantic Hockey leader RIT. A sweep of Robert Morris gives them a six game winning streak. Chris Lochner scored twice for the Purple Eagles while Isaac Kohls added a goal and an assist.
Robert Morris – The Colonials hit a bump in the road during their climb up the standings. They were swept by Niagara. Colin South and Nick Chiavetta accounted for the Colonials only goals. Chiavetta also added an assist on South’s goal.
RIT – The Tigers are back atop the Atlantic Hockey standings. A three point weekend against Mercyhurst has the Tigers a one point lead over the Lakers. The Tigers are unbeaten in their last six games and have given up just four goals during that time. Chris Haltigan continues to roll. During the month of January he has a point in every game but one, finishing with 10 points in eight games.
Sacred Heart – The Pioneers have finally won an Atlantic Hockey game. Their 4-2 win over AIC on Friday is only the second win of the season for the Pioneers. But they went right back to their old ways on Saturday, losing in overtime. Ben Ketchum had a goal and an assist for the Pioneers. He now has seven goals on the season, a new career high. Brian Sheehan scored a goal for his team leading 17th point of the season.