Air Force picked first in Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches poll

Sept. 25, 2012

HAVERHILL, Mass. - The Atlantic Hockey Association coaches have voted who they believe will take home the regular season crown for the 10th season of Atlantic Hockey. Last year's regular season and tournament champions, Air Force is the top pick in this year's pre-season poll.

The Falcons collected eight (8) first place votes en route to 112 total points. 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. In seventh place, Connecticut collected with 65 points, while Robert Morris is eighth with 61 points and the final first place vote. Canisius was chosen ninth with 38, while Army trails them for tenth with 30 points. Rounding out the rest of the poll are American International in 11th (20 points) and Sacred Heart in 12th (19 points).

Air Force opens the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game against the University of British Columbia on Monday, Oct. 8, at 6:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena. The Falcons open the regular season at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska on Oct. 12-13. Air Force opens the home portion of the schedule on Friday, Oct. 19, against Colorado College at 7:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.

 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. with the highest remaining seed facing the lowest remaining seed in the first semifinal, with the other two remaining seeds facing off in the second semifinal on Friday, March 22. The two semifinal winners will then face-off in the Championship game on Saturday, March 23 with the NCAA automatic berth on the line.



2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Air Force (8) 112

2. Niagara (3) 101

3. Mercyhurst 89

4. Bentley 87

    RIT 87

6. Holy Cross 74

7. Connecticut 65

8. Robert Morris (1) 61

9. Canisius 38

10. Army 30

11. AIC 20

12. Sacred Heart 19

         (First Place votes) -30-

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