Atlantic Hockey Wrap

Posted by: Timothy O'Donnell

Only one week remains in the regular and there is still a lot to be decided. The difference between first place and sixth place is just three points.

Air Force – The Falcons scored eight against Mercyhurst on Friday but probably should have saved some for Saturday as they fell 2-1. John Kruse, Stephen Carew, and Chad Demers each scored twice for the Falcons. It was the first career multi-goal game for Demers. Kyle De Laurell continued his best season of his career with three assists. In net, Jason Torf has regained the No. 1 job. He recorded his third shutout of the season on Friday and was riding a seven game unbeaten streak until Saturday.

AIC – The Yellow Jackets got back on the winning side after a sweep of Army. Adam Pleskach scored twice and has now scored in three straight games. Michael Penny had a goal and two assists to set a new career high with 13 assists.

Army – After a brief three game winning streak, the Black Knights have lost four straight. Mike Hull recorded three assist on the weekend and has recorded points in six straight games. Maurice Alvarez was the only other Black Knight to record multiple points. He had a goal and an assist.

Bentley – The Falcons have taken points in six straight to jump to third in the standings. After a weekend sweep of UConn, the Falcons are just two points behind Air Force for first place. Brett Gensler lead the Falcons with his first career hat trick. He finished the weekend with five points. Alex Grieve had a seven point weekend. He had two goals and four assists on Saturday alone.

Canisius – The Golden Griffins didn’t play over the weekend but were swept during their midweek meetings with Niagara. Tyler Wiseman scored twice and Doug Beck had a goal and two assists to lead the Golden Griffins. Beck now has at least one point in three straight games. The goals were the first of Wiseman’s career.

UConn – The Huskies eliminated themselves from first round bye contention as they were swept by Bentley. The Huskies scored just twice on the weekend and haven’t won since Jan. 28. They have just one point during that span thanks to a tie with Sacred Heart. Billy Latta and Brant Harris scored the Huskies goals over the weekend.

Holy Cross – The Crusaders are rolling, winning six straight to move within three points of first place. Andrew Cox had a goal and an assist and now has points in five of the last six games. Kyle Fletcher scored twice and picked up an assist. He has recorded a point in eight of the last 11 games.

Mercyhurst РThe Lakers are one of three teams that trail Air Force for  first place. This weekend the Lakers had a chance to move closer, but a split left them where they start the weekend. The Lakers were shutout 8-0 on Friday before rebounding for a 2-1 win on Saturday. After being replaced by Jordan Tibbett as the No. 1 goalie, Max Strang appears to have regained that role after stopping 50 shots in the Lakers victory. The 50 saves were a season high.

Niagara – The Purple Eagles continued their rise, sweeping Canisius during the week to move into a ties for third place. Giancarlo Iuorio scored three times and picked up an assist to lead the Purple Eagles. His nine goals on the season ties a career high. Patrick Divjak’s two assists gives him a career high 15 on the season.

Robert Morris – The Colonials two ties with RIT left them four points out of first. Brooks Ostergard has started the last four games and has helped the Colonials take points in three of those four games. Ostergard made 84 saves in the two games this weekend the help get the Colonials two points. The Colonials had four different players score the four goals. Only Cody Crichton (two assists) had multiple points.

RIT – The Tigers had a chance to overtake Air Force for the top spot in the standings but two ties with Robert Morris kept them one point back. Michael Colavecchia picked up three assists on the weekend. He has recorded at least one point in three straight games and four of the last five. Greg Noyes had a goal and assist and has now tied his career high with 12 assists.

Sacred Heart – The Pioneers three game undefeated streak came to an end against Holy Cross. Three different players scored each of the Pioneer’s goals. Ben Ketchum, Drew George, and Reid MacLeod were the goal scorers.

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