Atlantic Hockey Power RankingsPosted by: Timothy O'Donnell
It was an up and down week for Atlantic Hockey teams. Some teams continued to succeed while others just can’t get going. As of right now the team to beat in Atlantic Hockey is Niagara. The Purple Eagles are perfect in league play and just continue to roll behind the play of Carsen Chubak.
1. Niagara – It was same old, same old for the Purple Eagles, who remained perfect in league play with a sweep of Army. The bad news: Chubak finally allowed a goal. Just one.
2. Holy Cross – The Crusaders got back to winning with 4-3 victory over Bentley, keeping them tied for first with Niagara. Now it’s time to see if the Crusaders can put a winning streak together.
3. Air Force – The Falcons split the weekend at Penn State, both games decided by a 5-1 scoreline. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Frank Serratore’s press conference here.
4. Robert Morris – The Colonials blanked Canisius 4-0 in their only game this week. They became the first team to score more than three goals on the Golden Griffins.
5. Army – The Black Knights score just once as they were swept by Niagara. They did end Carsen Chubak’s shutout streak.
6. Mercyhurst – The Lakers have won three straight league games following a 5-3 win at RIT. They are gaining steam as the season progresses and should be able to contend for the title as the season continues.
7. Bentley – The Falcons continue to struggle to win consecutive games. They lost 4-3 at Holy Cross this weekend. They have a chance to turn it around when the face AIC and UConn.
8. UConn – The Huskies responded to losing coach Bruce Marshall for some time by sweeping this past weekend. They beat Sacred Heart and followed it up with a huge win over Merrimack.
9. AIC – The Yellow Jackets haven’t played since beating Quinnipiac on election night.
10. Canisius – The Golden Griffins offense finally showed up in their 6-3 win at RIT. Unfortunately, they were shutout 4-0 the day before.
11. RIT – This is not the Tigers that fans have gotten used to seeing. They have already lost three Atlantic Hockey games at home, the same number they lost since 2009. They face a challenge as they travel to Holy Cross this weekend.
12. Sacred Heart – The Pioneers are one of only two winless teams in the country, the other being Alabama-Huntsville. They try for win No. 1 again this weekend against Army and AIC.