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And we’re underway with the first picks of the season!

This year Chris Lerch has joined up with Dan Rubin to provide USCHO’s Atlantic Hockey coverage. They’ll both be picking games each week.

Last Week:
Dan: 0-0
Chris 0-0

On the season:
Dan 0-0
Chris 0-0

This week’s picks:
Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th
Clarkson at Niagara
Dan: Last year, this would’ve been a case for good team meets bad team.  If we’re looking at preseason prognostications, there shouldn’t be much difference.  With respect to Aerosmith, I can’t see a reason why the Niagara train can’t keep a-rollin’ all weekend long up in Potsdam.  Niagara 3, Clarkson 1; Niagara 3, Clarkson 2
Chris: Niagara took three of four points against Clarkson last season, but things could be different this time around as the Purple Eagles will be breaking in a pair of rookie goaltenders. I’m thinking split. Niagara 3, Clarkson 2; Clarkson 4, Niagara 2.

Thursday, October 10
Colgate at RIT
Dan: I legitimately had no idea how I was going to pick this game, so I boiled it down to the fact that I think Colgate’s defense is better than RIT’s offense to start the year.  The Tigers really struggled with non-conference games last year.  Colgate 5, RIT 3
Chris: Colgate as gotten the better of the Tigers in eight of nine meetings between the two schools including a 6-3 victory last season. I don’t think that changes despite this being the first time the Raiders have played at Frank Ritter Arena. Colgate 3, RIT 1.