Another Saturday, another set of ties in Atlantic Hockey. Five of the 12 games in the AHA this weekend went to overtime, with four ending in draws. Some miscellaneous factoids on all the sister-kissing:
- RIT played to four ties in January, a team record. The Tigers have six ties overall, equaling a team record set in 2007-08. RIT posted 3-3 ties the last three Saturdays of the month.
- Canisius has already played 11 overtime games, most in the nation. The Golden Griffins are 2-3-6 in those games.
- One out of every six AHA games this year has ended in a draw (19 of 115 or 16.5%). Hockey East has seen the most ties as a percentage of its games (15 of 89 or 16.9%). In contrast, the ECAC has only 6 ties in 84 league games (7.9%). And, since I went through the trouble of doing the math: the CCHA tie/game ratio came in at 15.7% and the WCHA at 9.8%.
(not so) Bold Predictions
The league will soon release its Players of the Month for January, but it will be old news by the next Tuesday, when I typically report on such things.
So I’m going out on a limb and predicting the winners. If it were up to me:
Player of the Month for January: Bryan Haczyk, Niagara – The senior had a ridiculous 12 goals in January, and added three assists to boot. That’s a very good season for most players.
Runners-up: Tyler Brenner (RIT), Jacques Lamoureux (Air Force), Paul Zanette (Niagara)
Goalie of the Month for January: Shane Madolora, RIT – Madolora was 3-0-4 (there are those ties again), posting a .948 save percentage and a 1.86 GAA.
Runners-up: Ryan Leets (Army), Ryan Zapolski (Mercyhurst)
Rookie of the Month for January: Taylor Holstrom, Mercyhurst – The freshman had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) last month.
Runners up: Billy Latta (Connecticut), Ben Lynch (RIT), Jason Torf (Air Force)
And, as usual, my pick for:
USCHO.com AHA Player of the Week:
Jacques Lamoureux, Air Force – The senior and former Hobey Baker finalist had a pair of goals in each game last weekend to help the Falcons take three points at home against Canisius. Lamoureux is heating up at the right time with 17 points in his last 11 games.
Adam Roy, Holy Cross – Roy stopped 46 of 48 shots last weekend to lead the Crusaders to a win and a tie against Connecticut. He’s currently second all-time on the career saves list at Holy Cross with 1,666.
Branden Komm, Bentley – The rookie made 54 saves and allowed just three goals as the Falcons took three points from Army.
Ben Meisner, AIC – The sophomore made 70 saves last weekend to help the Yellow Jackets to their second conference sweep of the season, this time against Sacred Heart.
Paul Chaisson, Mercyhurst – Chaisson had two goals, including one to tie the game with a minute to play at RIT.
Getting My Vote
My USCHO.com Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week:
1. Boston College
3. North Dakota
12. Notre Dame
14. Boston University
15. Western Michigan
20. Colorado College