The final weekend of East-West pod play had the West coming out on top again, but by a closer margin. Pending this evening’s game between Canisius and American International, the West won the weekend 5-3-3, an improvement for the East over last weekend’s 8-1-1 domination by the West pod.

Army was the only East team to come out ahead on net points, taking three of four from visiting Robert Morris. On Friday, the Colonials outshot the Black Knights 44-18, but Army goaltender Ryan Leets stopped all but one to lead Army to a 3-1 win. Robert Morris was able to salvage a 2-2 tie on Saturday.

Rochester Institute of Technology  continued to dominate Holy Cross, taking three points in Worsester with a 4-0 win on Friday and a 3-3 tie on Saturday. The Tigers are now 16-1-2 all-time against the Crusaders since moving to Division I.

Air Force was also able to take three points at Connecticut in a pair of close games. The Falcons won 2-1 on Friday and before the teams tied 5-5 in a see-saw affair on Saturday.

Mercyhurst and Bentley split, with the Lakers pounding the Falcons 8-2 on Friday before Bentley turned the tables with a 3-2 victory on Saturday. It was the first win for Bentley since Nov. 27.

The only sweep (so far) of the weekend belonged to Niagara, which continued to roll behind the offense of Bryan Hacyzk. The senior had “only” three goals on the weekend, Hacyzk has been averaging two goals a game over his last five contests. Niagara defeated Sacred Heart 4-2 and 6-2. The two teams continue to move in the opposite direction: Niagara is 6-1 in its last seven games, while Sacred Heart has just one win in its last seven contests.

Finally, Canisus took the first game of a Sunday-Monday series with AIC, 6-4 behind a two-goal performance by senior Cory Conacher, who moved into first on the all-time goal scoring list at Canisius with his 50th and 51st.

How’d I do?

Guest analyst Dave Santee had a great week, going 8-1-2 with the results of the today’s Canisius-AIC game pending. It doesn’t matter for our head-to-head match-up though, because Dave and I picked the same result in that game and I’m only 5-3-3 so far. Congrats to Dave, who ended my winning streak at six. I’m now 75-44-16 on the season and 7-5 in head-to-head match-ups with my guests.

Want to challenge me? Drop me a line.

  • TigerGoggles

    West was 6-2-3, not 5-3-3. But instead of reporting how little you know about the Atlantic Hockey teams NOT located in Rochester, how about trying some real journalism and:
    1) Getting someone (anyone) from league offices to comment on the horribly biased playoff format and
    2) Getting them on record as to whether of not the horribly biased playoff format was a pre-condition to get the eastern pod teams to agree to let Niagara and Bobby Mo into the league

    • Mbaierm

      Wow, wow Tiger. Do I hear a little jealousy toward the the future champs. NU not only has the best coach & uni’s but they also have possibly the next Hobey Baker winner in Haychek and the no. 1 stick boy in Squeeks Baier.

  • PurpsFan17

    Love how angry people get that RIT gets coverage. Western NY should get the coverage. We have the 2 best teams in a 12 game conference. They also went to the Final Four. Not sure if you have read the articles other than the picks and wrap up, but there was a nice piece posted on how amazing Niagara is recently.

    Go read it. Talks about the AHA Co-Players of the Year Zannette and Haczyk!!!

    • PurpsFan17

      12 team conference*

  • TigerGoggles

    With the Canisius win tonight, the West goes 7-2-3 on the weekend. And, Mbaierm, the term “TigerGoggles” refers to the way Lurch sees the league. His priorities/knowledge base are 1) RIT 2) Anything that affects RIT 3) Everything else. Since RIT is unaffected by the playoff format (they get a bye either way) its a non-issue to him. But if Bobby Mo or Air Force sneaks past Niagara in the standings, the squealing from the Purple Hockey Team (and tehir fans) will get pretty loud!

    • PurpsFan17

      Purple Hockey Team = Purple Eagles. Tehir = Their Do you even like hockey or just hate RIT? Why shouldn’t he write about RIT? This is like saying the NFL shouldn’t write about the Packers or Steelers, but should focus on everyone equally. Pure jealousy.

  • guest

    The craziest part of the series is that UNO had more penalty minutes in both games.

  • Jdorf40

    It was just one of those nights where anything that could go wrong for the Sioux, did go wrong. UNO is a talented team and Blais has them playing good team hockey. But I’d be willing to bet it will be a long time before any team scores 8 goals at the Ralph again. I’m just glad they were able to bounce back the second night and split the series. There is a lot of pressure involved when you drop that Friday night game.