Atlantic Hockey: Two things to watch

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With it thankfully soon being time for college hockey to commence in a few weeks, let’s look at a few things from each team in Atlantic Hockey. This is part one until we cover all teams with at least one thing to watch.

AIC

This team is in the middle of their dynasty of winning championships. Can anyone trip them up this year? That will come down to one thing to watch with this group, chemistry, with the amount of new players coming in to take new roles combined with who they will be replacing, how long will this team take to mesh together? Last year they had to find themselves early on and started to hit their stride midway through the season. Their win against UConn was their best non conference win, and Eric Lang expects them to have more non conference wins this season. If they can come back from Alaska Fairbanks with six points, they will be better setup to earn an at large bid which would make them the second team in Atlantic Hockey history to do so, and first since 2013.

RIT

Tommy Scarfone took the conference by storm down the stretch last year. The former Surrey Eagle will be the biggest piece for the Tigers this year. They have a lot of freshman coming in and have to replace the leadership and output of their big senior class. They have eight total newcomers looking to help them finish better in the regular season. How Scarfone holds the team in games early on will kind of tell the tale. For RIT to win this year, they need to suppress shots, and rely on depth. Scarfone is a quick enough goalie to stop a lot of breakaways and bail out a team on many breakaways. The sooner Wayne Wilson gets some goal scoring help for him to show itself consistently, the better. RIT wins when they have a committee leading the way, this year will be no different.

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