Atlantic Hockey: What we learned-Three things

Photo Credit:Mady Salvani-Army West Point Athletics

This weekend in Atlantic Hockey play showed us a few things. From shining on a national stage to showing us new contenders while reminding us who the previous favorites are, this conference has had an interesting past few days. Let’s recap some takeaways.

Same story different year

Army West Point and AIC once again look to be competitive for the top spot in this conference. Their series was a back and fourth one where both teams made claims to why they are serious contenders this season. AIC has the most skilled lineup in the league , based on pedigree. Army West Point finally got a win playing sound team defense and forcing their opponent to the outside. Lang appreciates thay trait, as it’s one that his 2018-2019 group did quite well on their way to being one game from the Frozen Four. Army West Point also has two solid weekends of net minding to their credit thanks to the work of Gavin Abric. If he can keep this team in it and give them time to find offense, than good things can be in store moving ahead.

Here RIT Roar

Moving forward, Atlantic Hockey always seems to get a great effort from RIT. The Tigers are a veteran heavy group with one of the best offensive players in the country leading them in Will Calverley. Average teams do not walk into Notre Dame for a series and come out with points of any sort, much less a dramatic overtime win as part of a split. How they earned four of six against Army West Point, and their top end scoring combined with the solid goaltending they’ve had so far bode well for their prospects moving ahead.

Bentley’s path ahead

While we probably think Ryan Soderquist and his Falcons wanted the sweep against a rebuilding Holy Cross group, we also think that the Falcons, based on their non conference ledger of key wins against Ohio State and Boston College, combined with their key personnel, are expected to provide the top talent in this conference all they can handle. Nicholas Grabko is one of the most under rated goalies in the country, and will keep his team in most games. If his group can play a very good Harvard team close and get points , than the future looks even brighter for this team.

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