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    Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    Gentlemen,

    A new thread to begin a NEW season, ground zero ahead for all teams to reach their potential with some triumphs, defeats while traversing the path to the post season.

    Many of us have been waiting for the Coaches Poll and it has been released today!
    http://www.uscho.com/2017/09/26/atla...-17-18-season/

    2017-18 season:

    Points (First-place votes)
    1. Air Force 97 (8)
    2. Robert Morris 87 (2)
    3. Army 76
    4. RIT 70
    5. Canisius 65 (1)
    6. Holy Cross 58
    7. Mercyhurst 52
    8. Bentley 38
    9. American International 27
    10. Sacred Heart 20
    11. Niagara 15

    Looking forward to some brave folks wading in with their thoughts on the season ahead.

    Good luck to each and every team in Atlantic in this upcoming 2018-2019 season to remember......

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    P.S...As someone was gracious to point out I renamed the thread to Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018.

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    Re: Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    For those who watch Atlantic Hockey on-line through the "stretch internet portal" the prices for this upcoming season is a day pass for US $10.99 or an all Atlantic Hockey all-season pass for US $104.99.

    I recollect in past seasons there was the option of a single team pass, this upcoming season that seems to be eliminated as they have gone to two tier pricing.

    In my travels I run across an even split between season pass holders and single game pass holders, which one do you subscribe to if any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
    For those who watch Atlantic Hockey on-line through the "stretch internet portal" the prices for this upcoming season is a day pass for US $10.99 or an all Atlantic Hockey all-season pass for US $104.99.

    I recollect in past seasons there was the option of a single team pass, this upcoming season that seems to be eliminated as they have gone to two tier pricing.

    In my travels I run across an even split between season pass holders and single game pass holders, which one do you subscribe to if any?
    I'm personally waiting to see if RIT updates their site first before purchasing, however given I now live in California, I buy the season pass.

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    A spackling of exhibition games over the weekend in Atlantic Hockey.

    An interesting one to me is the Niagara versus Colgate on Sunday September 30th, did anyone watch the game who can give some highlights. While many would consider the score to be fairly wide at 5 to 1 in Colgate’s favor, in looking at the box score the shot totals were very close at 33 to 32. That single shot can be written away in terms of Colgate having an extra man advantage. Exhibition games are in reflection just a practice run to stretch legs and dial in some rookies & line combinations, however with Niagara having a new coach on board I can see Niagara being a lot more competitive this upcoming season and that may surprise quite a few.

    Robert Morris defeated Ottawa 5 to 1, outshooting their opponent by a margin of 31 to 23. Nice start to a new season with high hopes of taking the league crown.

    Holy Cross looks to have lost a tough one in overtime by a single digit to Carlton University 5 to 4, no details or game card on this one however for an exhibition tune-up game a good contest to try out some rookies and prepare for the long season ahead. Carlton was going into their 3rd contest of the pre-season while I believe it was Holy Cross’ 1st exhibition contest.

    Sacred Heart looks to have lost by a larger margin to the same Carlton University club 5 to 2, shots are very close however with Carlton having the advantage 27 to 23. Carlton was going into their 4th contest of the pre-season while I believe it was Sacred Heart’s 1st exhibition contest. It is likely Carlton is down to their final roster in readiness of the upcoming season, Sacred Heart being their first pre-season is likely playing their freshmen and trying new line combinations.

    It takes about 10 games to get things all ramped up, but still entertaining seeing all the new player additions which will become key cogs in the years ahead.
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    Re: Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    Just read the season previews and everyone is returning scorers. Should make for an interesting season with the 3 all league goalies graduated.
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    Interestingly enough Sacred Heart finds themselves in the unusual place of having graduated 10 players with 20 GP or more games last season with a combined 56 goals, 79 assists & 135 points. No other team in Atlantic Hockey has lost more than 25 goals for, 34 assists & 59 points. Sacred Heart has lost more than double their nearest rival if my numbers are correct.

    Danforth (37GP, 32 Pts), (37GP, 30 Pts), Jasper(37GP, 21 Pts), Nylen (37GP, 19 Pts), Carroll (37GP, 12 Pts), Doerksen (37GP, 10 Pts), Lotito (33GP, 3 Pts), Hansen (32GP, 5 Pts), Doherty (25GP, 3 Pts), Spencer Graboski (20GP, 0 Pts).

    It’s a substantial amount of offensive production to make up in a single season.

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    Looking at game sheets only, gives others a chance to wade in with more detailed perspectives.

    Can anyone comment on the Robert Morris versus Niagara game, looking at the game card it indicates that Niagara dressed 11 forwards and filled in the remaining forward with a defenseman? With Niagara having a new coach in charge, and knowing a few players on the team, the conference will be much tougher this season seeing Niagara has underachieved for the talent they possess.

    Canisius played all three goaltenders in the game versus Ryerson, good time to have a look at all three in action in an exhibition contest. Canisius played 1 additional forward and 1 additional defenseman, with losing only 3 players due to graduation it likely means Canisius is only needing to tinker a bit for their final roster, while nailing down that coveted goaltender position.

    Mercyhurst played a full 5 full forward lines with 2 additional defensemen numbering 8 total, utilized a single goaltender. Quite a bit of penalty minutes with Ryerson 9/34 PIMS & Mercyhurst 11/38 PIMS.

    RIT played 1 additional forward with 1 additional defensemen. Brock utilized 2 goaltenders while RIT managed to get game time for three goaltenders.

    Interesting how different teams utilized their exhibition game to get their teams ready for the regular season. Some went basically regular bodies to get each player maximum ice to have a real good idea of the tools they each bring to the table, others used so many players it seems more about getting everyone into the lineup more than anything else.

    While to me a single exhibition game seems extremely small for preparing your team for the regular season, some teams do not even partake of that single game. Is there a reason for not partaking in an exhibition contest, I notice about half the teams in Atlantic Hockey do not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
    Looking at game sheets only, gives others a chance to wade in with more detailed perspectives.

    Can anyone comment on the Robert Morris versus Niagara game, looking at the game card it indicates that Niagara dressed 11 forwards and filled in the remaining forward with a defenseman? With Niagara having a new coach in charge, and knowing a few players on the team, the conference will be much tougher this season seeing Niagara has underachieved for the talent they possess.

    Canisius played all three goaltenders in the game versus Ryerson, good time to have a look at all three in action in an exhibition contest. Canisius played 1 additional forward and 1 additional defenseman, with losing only 3 players due to graduation it likely means Canisius is only needing to tinker a bit for their final roster, while nailing down that coveted goaltender position.

    Mercyhurst played a full 5 full forward lines with 2 additional defensemen numbering 8 total, utilized a single goaltender. Quite a bit of penalty minutes with Ryerson 9/34 PIMS & Mercyhurst 11/38 PIMS.

    RIT played 1 additional forward with 1 additional defensemen. Brock utilized 2 goaltenders while RIT managed to get game time for three goaltenders.

    Interesting how different teams utilized their exhibition game to get their teams ready for the regular season. Some went basically regular bodies to get each player maximum ice to have a real good idea of the tools they each bring to the table, others used so many players it seems more about getting everyone into the lineup more than anything else.

    While to me a single exhibition game seems extremely small for preparing your team for the regular season, some teams do not even partake of that single game. Is there a reason for not partaking in an exhibition contest, I notice about half the teams in Atlantic Hockey do not?
    A lot of violence and injuries to HEA players in exhibition games last year, a good reason to forego pre-season games against goon teams from Canada.

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    Re: Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    Fancy new trophy for the conference: http://atlantichockeyonline.com/news...on-trophy.aspx
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    AHC Pick'em spreadsheet 2017-2018: http://tinyurl.com/AHCpickem17

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    Quote Originally Posted by mar7967 View Post
    Fancy new trophy for the conference: http://atlantichockeyonline.com/news...on-trophy.aspx
    Finally we're a little less beer league.
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    Re: Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    Solid start to the OOC record. Need to keep it up and with the quality of the top teams in the conference I see no reason why the record won't be at least somewhat reasonable.
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    Huge win by Sacred Heart over #5 Notre Dame last night!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mar7967 View Post
    Huge win by Sacred Heart over #5 Notre Dame last night!
    NICC overmatched by an Atlantic Hockey team that lost over 80% of its scoring to graduation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    NICC overmatched by an Atlantic Hockey team that lost over 80% of its scoring to graduation.
    UConn and Notre Dame. Well done, Sacred Heart!

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    Re: Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    AIC just beat Penn State in OT. Another huge OOC win for the AHC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mar7967 View Post
    AIC just beat Penn State in OT. Another huge OOC win for the AHC!
    You have to wonder if the bump in the scholarship numbers are starting to help the AHC. A hot shot coming out of juniors can make an immediate impact on an AHC team while maybe not so on some of the traditionally strong teams in other conferences, maybe you have to wait your turn those first few years of D1 on account of the depth of the traditional powerhouses... Regardless of the reason, it is good to see...
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    Re: Atlantic Hockey 2017-2018

    Hi there gentlemen,

    It is extremely early in the season for Atlantic Hockey, however I have been impressed by so much of what I have seen so far in 2017/2018. The standings quite simply have too few data points to make anything firm, as three teams have not yet seen any action in conference play and a few additional teams only having a single contest. We are also short on Bentley & AIC who face off tonight to make an exciting battle if you are fortunate to have a front row seat!

    I have sorted by winning percentage for the moment…………

    Conference
    Place, Team, W, L, T, GP, PTS, WIN %
    1) Niagara W1 L0 T0 GP1 PTS2 (WIN %) 1
    2) Army W3 L1 T0 GP4 PTS6 (WIN %) 0.75
    2) Holy Cross W2 L0 T2 GP4 PTS6 (WIN %) 0.75
    4) Canisius W1 L1 T0 GP2 PTS2 (WIN %) 0.5
    4) Mercyhurst W0 L0 T2 GP2 PTS2 (WIN %) 0.5
    6) Robert Morris W2 L3 T0 GP5 PTS4 (WIN %) 0.4
    7) American International W0 L2 T1 GP3 PTS1 (WIN %) 0.167
    7) Bentley W0 L2 T1 GP3 PTS1 (WIN %) 0.167
    9) Air Force W0 L0 T0 GP0 PTS0 (WIN %) 0
    9) RIT W0 L0 T0 GP0 PTS0 (WIN %) 0
    9) Sacred Heart W0 L0 T0 GP0 PTS0 (WIN %) 0

    Overall
    Place, Team, W, L, T, GP, WIN %
    1) Air Force W4 L1 T1 GP6 (WIN %) 0.75
    1) Army W3 L1 T0 GP4 (WIN %) 0.75
    1) Holy Cross W2 L0 T2 GP4 (WIN %) 0.75
    4) Canisius W1 L1 T1 GP3 (WIN %) 0.5
    4) Mercyhurst W1 L1 T2 GP4 (WIN %) 0.5
    4) Niagara W2 L2 T0 GP4 (WIN %) 0.5
    7) Robert Morris W2 L3 T0 GP5 (WIN %) 0.4
    7) Sacred Heart W2 L3 T0 GP5 (WIN %) 0.4
    9) American International W1 L5 T1 GP7 (WIN %) 0.214
    10) Bentley W0 L2 T1 GP3 (WIN %) 0.167
    11) RIT W0 L2 T1 GP3 (WIN %) 0.167


    Some big surprises early for sure with AIC battling every night and coming off some games that they wholeheartedly should have straight out won.

    I am delighted to see some early goaltenders emerge to fill the void left from departures, while others are standing tall and giving their teams a chance to take some points.

    Early thoughts from others, what has surprised you so far??

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    The relatively good early success in non-conference action has been a pleasant surprise.
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    Still very early in the season things however has been quite surprising in some ways while not too surprising in others.

    Niagara many suspected would improve under new leadership, do not think anyone would have them at a .800 clip seven games in.
    AIC many thought would continue their upward trend again under new leadership of last season, maintaining a .500 clip after 8 games played.
    Robert Morris having mixed results, a .389 pace to start the season.
    Bentley struggling to find their consistency, .312 win percentage at the moment.
    Air Force not putting up the wins, only six games played in conference but a worrying .250 clip.

    With in-conference games numbering between 5 and 10 there is plenty of time for things to balance out, it has been tough for predictions this year in the “AHC Pick Em” thread and that is refreshing seeing on any night any team can win.

    Place, Team, GP, W, L, T, Pts., Win %
    1) RIT > GP6, W5, L1, T0, PTS10, WIN % 0.833
    2) Niagara > GP7, W5, L1, T1, PTS11, WIN % 0.786
    3) Holy Cross > GP8, W3, L1, T4, PTS10, WIN % 0.625
    4) Army > GP10, W6, L4, T0, PTS12, WIN % 0.600
    5) American International > GP8, W3, L3, T2, PTS8, WIN % 0.500
    5) Canisius > GP8, W4, L4, T0, PTS8, WIN % 0.500
    5) Mercyhurst > GP6, W2, L2, T2, PTS6, WIN % 0.500
    8) Robert Morris > GP9, W3, L5, T1, PTS7, WIN % 0.389
    9) Bentley > GP8, W1, L4, T3, PTS5, WIN % 0.312
    10) Air Force > GP6, W1, L4, T1, PTS3, WIN % 0.250
    11) Sacred Heart > GP6, W1, L5, T0, PTS2, WIN % 0.167

    End of season predictions have to be a daunting task right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komey1 View Post
    The relatively good early success in non-conference action has been a pleasant surprise.
    Bentley now 2-1 in OOC games, with last three coming up this Saturday (at Dartmouth) and January 5th and 6th (home and home with Northeastern).

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