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Last Week: 8-3
On the Season: 111-72-28 (.592)

I already previewed the championship weekend in this week’s Atlantic Hockey Column, so let’s get right to the bottom line: I’m picking Air Force to win the title.

AHA Semifnals – Best of Three Series
Friday, March 18

Connecticut vs. Rochester Institute of Techology – The Tigers will be without captain and AHA all-star Andrew Favot, who is serving a one game suspension. I think he’ll get to play another game if the Tigers can get a quality number of shots on UConn goaltender Garret Bartus. The Tigers have the better defensive corps and slightly more firepower up front, although the Huskies have come a long way with a very good freshman class. RIT 4, UConn 2.

Holy Cross vs. Air Force – I have a gut feeling that this game will not be close, although on paper the teams are pretty evenly matched. I think the first game has better overall goaltending, but Torf and Roy can be very good. I think Air Force is deeper, and that will be the difference. Air Force 5, Holy Cross 2.

AHA Final
Saturday, March 19

Assuming I my picks are correct, I’m going with another close game between Air Force and RIT. Both teams feature explosive offenses and I think these are the two best defensive corps in the league. RIT will have the crowd but the Falcons have some intangibles that I think will be the difference. Air Force 4, RIT 3.

  • I highly doubt that Dartmouth is going to beat B.C. I mean really…

  • NESN’s Jack Edwards is one of the best announcers in Hockey…

    • ECACWriter

      I disagree with this statement, of course… but as for BC/Dartmouth, I wouldn’t be surprised either way. Could be a 9-3 score for either side, and it wouldn’t shock me.

      • I would say that Dartmouth will be lucky to stay within in four goals against the mighty Eagles…

  • Sshablak

    You and I tied didn’t we…u say season at 5-3

    • ECACWriter

      You beat me in winning percentage.. but you didn’t pick mid-week games, hence the asterisk. ;)

  • GETREAL

    UConn to shock the nation…NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

    • RedGreenBlue

      In women’s basketball, that is.

  • Air Force baby WOOOOO

  • LtPowers

    “Intangibles” — another word for “I don’t want to look like a homer?”

    ;)