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There’s real college hockey this weekend, as Mercyhurst has the honor of playing in the first NCAA game(s) of the season, hosting No. 20 Colgate on Saturday and Sunday.

Look for the complete Atlantic Hockey season preview on Sunday, but to start things off, here are Dan Rubin’s and Chris Lerch’s predictions for opening weekend. Besides the Lakers and Raiders, there are a handful of exhibition contests as well, but Dan and Chris open their picks battle with just the pair of official games.

Last season:
Dan: 134-81-27 (.610)
Chris: 137-76-27 (.627)
Chris edged Dan for bragging rights, but just like every team out there right now, they’re both undefeated.

This Week’s Picks
Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4
Colgate at Mercyhurst
Dan: The AHC needs to be better this year about winning non-conference games. Unfortunately, Mercyhurst’s first two draws are against a Colgate team that won 20-plus games last year and came within a game of winning ECAC. Even though the games are in Erie, Colgate sweeps.
Chris: This is a tough way to open your season, against a Top-20 opponent and with as many as 11 freshmen in the lineup. Colgate sweeps.

Remember to check back on Sunday for the 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Season Preview.