Atlantic Hockey Wrap

Posted by: Timothy O'Donnell

Air Force – The Falcons are back on top of the Atlantic Hockey standings. After a slow start to 2012, the Falcons are off and running, riding a six game unbeaten streak. The Falcons swept RIT this weekend, surrendering just two goals. Jason Torf received both starts in net and produced his first shutout of the season on Friday. Tim Kirby had a goal and two assists. He has recorded points in eight of the last 10 games.

AIC – The Yellow Jackets scored just one goal while being swept by Holy Cross. Niellson Arcibal scored his sixth of the year to account for the Yellow Jackets only scoring.

Army – The Black Knights are riding a winning streak for the first time this season. Their 9-1 victory over the Royal Military Academy. Mike Hull, Zak Zaremba, and Danny Colvin all scored twice for the Black Knights. Marcel Alvarez chipped in with three assists. Matt Walsh made his first appearance of the season in net,  stopping both shots he faced.

Bentley – The Falcons needed a last minute goal in order to get a tie with Sacred Heart on Saturday and come away with three points. Brett Gensler scored with 0.2 seconds left to tie the game. Gensler added an assist on Friday to add to his team leading 32 points. Justin Brenton scored twice for a career high four goals on the season.

Canisius – The Golden Griffins took a hit to their hopes of moving up to get a first round playoff bye. Their weekend split with Robert Morris puts them five points out of fourth. They finish the season with series against RIT, Niagara and Mercyhurst. Kyle Gibbons had two goals and two assists for the Golden Griffins. He has set career highs in assist (14) adn points (24) while his 10 goals ties his career high. Taylor Law had a goal and two assists on Friday for his seventh multi-point game of the year.

UConn – The Huskies played their last nonconference game of the season on Tuesday when they fell to Princeton. The Huskies were up 3-1 after the first period but couldn’t hold the lead as Princeton scored three straight to take the win. Cole Schneider scored his team leading 13th goal of the year and now has at least one point in three straight games. Miles Winter also scored for the second straight game.

Holy Cross – The Crusades continue to hang around, just six points out of first. And a sweep of AIC was a big boost. The wins were the first for the Crusaders since Jan. 14.  Adam Schmidt had two goals and three assists on the weekend. They were his first multi-point games since Dec. 30.  His 21 points equals his production from last season and ranks second on the team. Eric Vos picked up a pair of assists to set new career highs in assists (10) and points (20). Brandon Nunn recorded his first career hat trick on Friday and has a career high 11 goals on the season.

Mercyhurst – The Lakers won for the first time in four games and moved within one point of first place after a split with Niagara. Nick Jones had two assists for the Lakers while Paul Chiasson had a goal and an assist. Jones now has recorded points in four of the last five games. The Lakers had four different players score each of their goals on the weekend.

Niagara – The Purple Eagles finally lost a game. After seven straight games, the Purple Eagles fell to Mercyhurst. It’s the first loss for the Purple Eagle since Jan. 7. But the Purple Eagles did get two points on the weekend, downing meryhurst on Friday. Ryan Murphy returned to the Purple Eagles lineup with a bang, scoring three goals and assisting on another two. The five points double his season output. Patrick Divjak continues to roll, picking up a goal and an assist. He’s now recorded at least one point in six of the last seven games.

Robert Morris – The Colonials sit just two points out of fourth place and a potential first round bye in the playoffs after a weekend split with Canisius. Adam Brace and Nick Chiavetta had two goals each for the Colonials while Trevor Lewis and Tyson Wilson added two assists each.

RIT – The Tigers were swept for the first time in conference play this year. Michael Colavecchia and Greg Noyes scored the only goals for the Tigers this weekend. Noyes also picked up an assist on Colavecchia’s goal. Chris Haltigan recorded an assist and has now recorded at least one point in eight of the Tigers 10 games in 2012.

Sacred Heart – The Pioneer took at least one point for the second straight weekend. It’s the first time all season they’ve gotten points in back-to-back weekends. They could have gotten two points but a third period collapse against Bentley force them to settle for a tie. Brian Sheehan scored twice and leads the team with 19 points. Sheehan has now scored in four the last five games. Drew George picked up two assists and is now riding a five game point streak.

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