Last week:

Dan: 6-6-2
Chris: 8-4-2

On the season:

Dan: 34-20-3 (.623)
Chris: 38-18-3 (.693)


This Week’s Picks:

Friday, November  7 and Saturday, November 8
Niagara at Bentley
Dan: This is an intriguing matchup between a Niagara team better than a winless record and a Bentley team that lost its only home game this year. The Falcons have been coming together over the past couple of weeks, which I think propels them this week. I think Niagara gets at least a point, but I can’t pick ties, and I hate picking splits. Bentley sweeps.
Chris: The Purple Eagles are winless so far, and Bentley is home for just the second time this season. The Falcons lost their lone home game at the JAR, but I don’t think that happens this time. Bentley sweeps.

Army at Mercyhurst
Dan: The last time Army won at Mercyhurst, John F. Kennedy was president. I love Army, but I have a hard time picking against the Lakers in their own barn. Mercyhurst sweeps.
Chris: This series has a nice subplot of Laker sophomore Jack Riley going up against his dad, Army coach Brian Riley. Mercyhurst is coming off a huge win at Colgate last weekend and I think will earn a hard-fought sweep.

Holy Cross at RIT
Dan: This is the first of teams probably glad the games aren’t in Ritter Arena; the Tigers went 9-2-4 at the old barn against the Crusaders. A new slate and a new day for Holy Cross, a team slowly winning me over after I predicted them in the bottom two of the league. And yes, I realize I said I hate picking splits. RIT wins on Friday, Holy Cross wins on Saturday
Chris: RIT has dominated this series, but Holy Cross has come on as of late, including a wild win in last year’s best-of-three playoff series. But I think the Tigers are due for a good weekend at home. RIT sweeps.

Canisius at Sacred Heart
Dan: Having seen Sacred Heart in person, I can tell you they’re a team that will make you a believer. Sacred Heart sweeps.
Chris:This is a tough one to call as both teams have been up-and-down so far. But Canisius is 8-1-1 against SHU in their previous ten meetings, and I’m going with that trend. Canisius sweeps.

Alabama-Huntsville at Air Force
Dan: Alabama-Huntsville will eventually be much better than they are, and they’re a team now fighting for a potential playoff spot in the WCHA with Alaska suspended from postseason play. That said, this is a non-conference game, a very long road trip, and an Air Force team still hungry after narrowly defeated North Dakota last week. Air Force sweeps.
Chris: This is a matchup of former CHA teams, and a homecome of sorts for UAH coach Mike Corbett, who spent ten years as an assistant at Air Force. The Falcons are coming off a tough lost last Saturday at North Dakota, a game they were seconds away from winning. I think they rebound here. Air Force sweeps.
Friday, November 7
American International at Massachusetts
Dan: UMass fans can call this personal for me, but I’m calling it strictly business. AIC rolls into the Mullins Center and gets it done behind strong third period goaltending. I’m on board with the idea of moving this game to Springfield and making it a thing. Perhaps a trophy is in order? AIC wins.
Chris: The Yellow Jackets are coming off a sweep at Niagara, while the Minutemen lost a pair of close games to Maine last weekend. If AIC rookie goaltender Alex Murray can keep things rolling, the Yellow Jackets will prevail. But I have a hunch UMass will find a way to get it done. UMass wins.

  • Th3158663050

    Nothing really “controversial” about the disallowed goal from where I sat…It was tomahawked into the net,and I could see the entire blade above the crossbar.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.

    • FOTY

      I agree as well. Jeff Panzer should have won it hands down.

  • 18secondsbeforesunrise

    Elliot, good article. I particularly like your “most important rule”.

    Case in point….during the 2003-04 season, Maine’s Jimmy Howard posted a 1.19 GAA and a .956 save percentage but the Hobey went to Junior Lessard (32G, 31A). Lessard’s numbers certainly were Hobey-worthy, but there were other factors too. The most glaring, perhaps, is that Howard actually split playing time with Frank Doyle (who had a better win-loss record but higher GAA and lower SP). Also, Howard was “only a sophomore” that year.

    One of the best hockey discussion page threads that I’ve ever read was entitled,  (something like) “Best College Hockey Team That Didn’t Win a National Championship.” I’d like to see a similar one entitled, “Best College Hockey Player Who Didn’t Win the Hobey.”

    • Jeff Panzer should have won it. Ryan Millers numbers were a product of a stingy defense.

    • VermontfaninNY

      Marty St. Louis

  • matt

    ryan miller was a sophomore when he won it genius

    • Elliot Olshansky

      Thanks, Matt. For some reason, I slipped up and had it in my head that he was a junior that year. Fixed above.

  • not a lifetime achievement

    It is a good article, however, you fall into the inevitable thought process of “at least you made the tournament last year.  I have an ECAC bias which should be noted, however I do not think you can punish Smith or Abbott for years past. 

    The Hobey Baker is not a “lifetime achievement award” it should be based on each season, independently.  If you say that the Hobey winner has to be in the tournament then they have to be in the tournament, PERIOD.  None of this well you made it last year so I can consider you, stuff.  Potentially you could be a winner of the hobey because your team made it to the frozen four your freshman year when you had no part in the action or were often a healthy scratch.  (MAKES NO SENSE). 

    The season is a season, not a career.

  • Sjl442

    I agree that it seems goalies have a disadvantage to winning this award, but since the position is so important to the game, there should be another award specifically for them, simular to the Vezina

  • Phoenixfyre1313

    I think that rule #5 is obvious, but unfortunate.  Is the vote for the best hockey player or the best hockey player with a decent team around him?  Huge difference there. I agree with the other statement about goalies being at an extreme disadvantage in this process.  Some of the numbers posted by LeNeveu and Howard are pretty incredible, what would those numbers be if they were comparable for a forward?  It also seems a bit strange that goaltenders are generally considered the most important position and it is almost totally overlooked by those voting on the hobey baker award.  I mean how many championships are won with a poor goalie and how many have been won on hot or great goaltending?  Finally, no one is quite sure why Neal Broten won the first hobey award.  Aaron had 104 points that year and should have won it, even Neal has said that publically.

  • Anonymous

    go connolly!! yeah yeah!

  • Avs1cup

    If Eric Ehn didn’t win it the year he was a finalist, then obviously character and off-ice issues don’t matter nearly as much as people think.

    • Guest

      Agreed, 64 points regardless of competition is incredibly good in this day in age. And for those that point to Air Force’s easy schedule, Ehn tallied points in games against Colorado College, Denver, and Alaska.

  • Stonecoldwolv

    Hunwick is doing a bang up job. Michigan is not even in the ccha race without the kid. Last years run was on his shoulders. He is the goalie to look at.

    • Guest

      Yeah, he’s the reason Michigan is in position for a 1-seed in the tourny.