Air Force Tops Atlantic Hockey Preseason Picks
CHN Staff Report
Last year's regular season and tournament champions, Air Force, is the top pick this year in the preseason Atlantic Hockey coaches poll.
Niagara was selected second by the coaches, as the Purple Eagles collected three (3) first place votes and totaled 101 points. Mercyhurst follows in third with 89 points, while Bentley and RIT tied for fourth with 87 points. Holy Cross rounds out the top six with 74 points.
Niagara will open the regular season hosting Bowling Green on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. The other games on the slate for the opening weekend will be exhibition contests. Holy Cross will host St. Thomas at 3 p.m., Mercyhurst will take on Wilfrid Laurier and RIT will host Ottawa both at 7:05 p.m.
The 2013 Atlantic Hockey Tournament will feature the same format from last year. The top four teams receive a bye into the Quarterfinals with seeds 5-8 hosting seeds 9-12 in a best two-out-of-three First Round series starting Friday, March 8. The First Round winners will then be re-seeded and travel to the top four seeds for a best-two-out-of-three Quarterfinal series, which will begin on Friday, March 15. The four winners will then travel to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., for the league's final four.
2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll
Air Force (8) - 112
Niagara (3) - 101
Mercyhurst - 89
Bentley - 87
RIT - 87
Holy Cross - 74
Connecticut - 65
Robert Morris (1) - 61
Canisius - 38