ATLANTIC HOCKEY HISTORY

Atlantic Hockey History

 

A new chapter in the history of college hockey was ushered into existence when the Atlantic Hockey Association was created on June 30, 2003, by nine charter members. The sixth Division-I men's ice hockey conference arose when the founding members - American International, Bentley, Canisius, Connecticut, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, and the United States Military Academy (Army) - required an organization that represented their specific hockey needs.  Now in its ninth year of existence, Atlantic Hockey members are known throughout the NCAA landscape.

Quinnipiac after a two-year stay in Atlantic Hockey announced on August 24, 2004 that the Bobcats would be leaving and joining the ECAC Hockey League.  Four months later the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) announced their hockey program will be making the jump to Division I and will join Atlantic Hockey starting in the 2006-07 season.  At the end of the 2004-05 season the Air Force Academy will also be joining Atlantic Hockey making the move from the College Hockey America conference, announcing its move on April 12, 2005.  With the addition of RIT and Air Force beginning with the 2006-07 season the league increase its membership to ten (10) teams.  Another jump in membership happened at the start of the 2010-11 season, as Robert Morris and Niagara join Atlantic Hockey to increase the membership to twelve (12) teams.

Last season, RIT took home its second Regular Season Crown, while also earning its first Tournament Title in its fourth season in Atlantic Hockey.  In the previous two season, RIT was defeated in the semifinals at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., but last year got to the finals and earned the schools first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in its fifth year as a Division I program.  Not only did RIT get to the NCAA Tournament, they proceeded to win the East Regional, which took place in Albany, N.Y., defeating #1 Denver, 2-1 and then topping #3 New Hampshire, 6-2 to earn a trip to Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. for the Frozen Four, the first time an Atlantic Hockey institution played in the Frozen Four.  In the National Semifinal contest, the Tigers fell to Wisconsin.

After the 2008-09 season, Air Force became the first Atlantic Hockey squad to win back-to-back-to-back tournament championships and for the second time in league history upset the top-seed, as the Falcons defeated Michigan, 2-0 in the East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn.  The Falcons fell to Vermont, 3-2 in double overtime the next night for a place in the Frozen Four in Washington, DC.  The previous two seasons, Air Force nearly pulled upsets as the Falcons fell to Minnesota, 4-3 in 2007 and Miami, 3-2 in overtime in 2008.  In 2006, Holy Cross earned its second Atlantic Hockey Association Regular Season and Tournament Crowns.  The Crusaders posted the first ever NCAA Tournament victory as Holy Cross defeated top-seed Minnesota, 4-3 in overtime at the West Regional in Grand Forks, N.D.  Quinnipiac earned its first Atlantic Hockey Association Regular Season crown during the 2004-05 season, but fell in the title game to Mercyhurst, as the Lakers earned the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.  Mercyhurst drew top-seeded Boston College and nearly upsetting the Eagles in the First Round of the East Regional.

The inaugural season for Atlantic Hockey showed that the conference has a bright future on the horizon. Robert DeGregorio, a former commissioner of Hockey East, was named the conference's first commissioner and held an integral role in the development of the league as play between the nine squads began in the Fall of 2003. As the season unfolded, the fledgling conference made its mark in college hockey with victories over non-conference opponents, such as Ohio State and Western Michigan (CCHA), Rensselaer (ECAC), Merrimack (Hockey East) and Wayne State (CHA), along with an exciting chase to claim the first-ever regular season title. Holy Cross secured the league's first regular season title, and followed up the feat by capturing the tournament championship, sending the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's, along with the league's, history.

Success in the classroom is as important as success on the ice among the member institutions of Atlantic Hockey as on average 113 student-athletes garner All-Academic over the last five seasons.  Last season,  a record 135 student-athletes garnered the 3.0 GPA during both the Fall and Spring semester to earn All-Academic honors.  Atlantic Hockey athletes have also contributed their time off the ice to numerous charitable organizations as a way of saying thanks to their many supporters.

In addition to success in the classroom, Atlantic Hockey student-athletes have been recognized on a national level by Conference SID's as well as coaches.  Eric Ehn, Air Force garnered the leagues first-ever All-American back in 2007, while fellow Falcon, Jacques Lamoureux was also named an All-American in 2009.  Army's Chase Podsaid and Air Force's Mike Phillipich were honored with the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.  Philipich was also honored by earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors.

Currently, Atlantic Hockey spans a total of five states, reaching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains. Members reside in Colorado (Air Force), Connecticut (University of Connecticut, Sacred Heart), Massachusetts (American International, Bentley, Holy Cross), New York (Army, Canisius, Niagara, RIT), and Pennsylvania (Mercyhurst, Robert Morris).

Below are the postseason results during the seven-year existence of Atlantic Hockey:

2004 Atlantic Hockey Tournament 2005 Atlantic Hockey Tournament

 at Tate Rink, West Point, N.Y.
Friday, March 12 – First Round
#9 American International 4, #8 Army 3

 
Wednesday, March 9 – First Round
at #8 Army 5, #9 American International 3

 Saturday, March 13 – Quarterfinals
at Tate Rink, West Point, N.Y.
#1 Holy Cross 5, #9 American International 0
#2 Mercyhurst 5, #7 Bentley 4
#6 Canisius 1, #3 Quinnipiac 0 (OT)
#4 Sacred Heart 3, #5 Connecticut 0

 Saturday, March 12 – Quarterfinals
at #1 Quinnipiac 2, #8 Army 0
#7 Bentley 4, at #2 Canisius 2
at #3 Mercyhurst 7, #6 Connecticut 4
at #4 Holy Cross 4, #5 Sacred Heart 2

 Sunday, March 14 – Semifinals
at Tate Rink, West Point, N.Y.
#1 Holy Cross 4, #6 Canisius 1
#4 Sacred Heart 3, #2 Mercyhurst 2

 Friday, March 18 – Semifinals
Northford Ice Pavilion, Northford, Conn.
#1 Quinnipiac 4, #7 Bentley 1
#3 Mercyhurst 4, #4 Holy Cross 3 (OT)

 Saturday, March 20 – Finals
at Tate Rink, West Point, N.Y.
#1 Holy Cross 4, #4 Sacred Heart 0

 Saturday, March 19 – Finals
Northford Ice Pavilion, Northford, Conn.
#3 Mercyhurst 3, #1 Quinnipiac 2 (OT)

 2004 NCAA West Regional
World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Friday, March 26 – First Round
#1 North Dakota 3, #4 Holy Cross 0

 2005 NCAA East Regional
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.
Friday, March 25
#1 Boston College 5, #4 Mercyhurst 4

 

 

 2006 Atlantic Hockey Tournament 2007 Atlantic Hockey Tournament

Saturday, March 11 - Quarterfinals
at #1 Holy Cross 3, #8 American Int'l 1
at #2 Mercyhurst 7, #7 Canisius 2
#6 Connecitcut 4, at #3 Sacred Heart 1
at #4 Bentley 4, #5 Army 3 (2 OT)

Saturday, March 3 - First Round
#9 American Int'l 2, at #8 Canisius 1

Saturday, March 10 - Quarterfinals
at #1 Sacred Heart 4, #9 American Int'l 0
at #2 Army 6, #7 Bentley 2
at #3 Connecticut 5, #6 Mercyhurst 4
at #4 Air Force 3, #5 Holy Cross 0

 Friday, March 17 - Semifinals
Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.
#1 Holy Cross 4, #6 Connecticut 1
#4 Bentley 3, #2 Mercyhurst 2 (2 OT)

Friday, March 16 - Semifinals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#4 Air Force 5, #1 Sacred Heart 4 (OT)
#2 Army 3, #3 Connecticut 1

Saturday, March 18 - Finals
Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.
#1 Holy Cross 5, #4 Bentley 2

Saturday, March 17 - Finals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#4 Air Force 6, #2 Army 1

2006 NCAA West Regional
Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.
Friday, March 24
#4 Holy Cross 4, #1 Minnesota 3 (OT)

Saturday, March 25
#2 North Dakota 5, #4 Holy Cross 2

2007 NCAA West Regional
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
Saturday, March 24

#1 Minnesota 4, #4 Air Force 3

   
2008 Atlantic Hockey Tournament   2009 Atlantic Hockey Tournament
Friday, March 7 - Quarterfinals (Game 1)
at #1 Army 4, #10 American Int'l 0
at #2 RIT 5, #9 Holy Cross 4 (OT)
at #3 Air Force 9, #8 Bentley 2
at #4 Sacred Heart 6, #7 Connecticut 5
at #5 Mercyhurst 4, #6 Canisius 1
Saturday, March 7 - First Round
at #7 Holy Cross 1, #10 American Int'l 0 (OT)
at #8 Sacred Heart 4, #9 Connecticut 2
 Saturday, March 8 - Quarterfinals (Game 2)
at #1 Army 5, #10 American Int'l 2
at #2 RIT 5, #9 Holy Cross 4 (OT)
at #3 Air Force 3, #8 Bentley 1
#7 Connecticut 3, at #4 Sacred Heart 2 (OT)
at #5 Mercyhurst 2, #6 Canisius 1 (OT)
 Friday, March 13 - Quarterfinals (Game 1)
at #1 Air Force 4, #8 Sacred Heart 3
#7 Holy Cross 5, at #2 RIT 3
at #3 Mercyhurst 6, #6 Army 2
at #4 Bentley 6, #5 Canisius 3
 Sunday, March 9 - Quarterfinals (Game 3)
at #4 Sacred Heart 4, #7 Connecticut 1
 Saturday, March 14 - Quarterfinals (Game 2)
#8 Sacred Heart 4, at #1 Air Force 1
at #2 RIT 6, #7 Holy Cross 4
at #3 Mercyhurst 5, #6 Army 0
#5 Canisius 7, at #4 Bentley 3
 Friday, March 15 - Final Five Game
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#5 Mercyhurst 4, #4 Sacred Heart 1
 Sunday, March 15 - Quarterfinals (Game 3)
at #1 Air Force 8, #8 Sacred Heart 1
at #2 RIT 9, #7 Holy Cross 5
at #4 Bentley 4, #5 Canisius 2
 Friday, March 16 - Semifinals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#5 Mercyhurst 4, #1 Army 2
#3 Air Force 5, #2 RIT 0
 Friday, March 20 - Semifinals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 Air Force 3, #4 Bentley 0
#3 Mercyhurst 5, #2 RIT 4 (OT)
 Sunday, March 17 - Finals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#3 Air Force 5, #5 Mercyhurst 4 (2OT)
 Saturday, March 21 - Finals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 Air Force 2, #3 Mercyhurst 0
 2008 NCAA Northeast Regional
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.
Saturday, March 29
#1 Miami 3, #4 Air Force 2 (OT)
 2009 NCAA East Regional
Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.
Friday, March 27
#4 Air Force 2, #1 Michigan 0

Saturday, March 28
#3 Vermont 3, #4 Air Force 2 (2OT)
   
2010 Atlantic Hockey Tournament  2011 Atlantic Hockey Tournament 

Friday, March 5 - First Round
at #7 Holy Cross 4, #10 American Int'l 2
Saturday, March 6 - First Round
#9 Connecticut 2, at #8 Bentley 1

Saturday, March 5 - First Round
#6/12 American International 6, #3/10 Army 3
#5/11 Sacred Heart 6, #4/11 Bentley 3
#6/8 Canisius 6, #3/4 Niagara 3
#5/7 Mercyhurst 5, #4/5 Robert Morris 1 
Friday, March 12 - Quarterfinals (Game 1)
at #1 RIT 4, #9 Connecticut 3 (OT)
at #2 Sacred Heart 4, #7 Holy Cross 0
at #3 Air Force 3, #6 Army 0
#5 Canisius 5, at #4 Mercyhurst 1 
Friday, March 11 - Quarterfinals (Game 1)
at #1 RIT 5, #12 American International 0
at #2 Air Force 7, #11 Sacred Heart 5
at #3 Holy Cross 6, #8 Canisius 3
at #6 Connecticut 5, #7 Mercyhurst 2 
Saturday, March 13 - Quarterfinals (Game 2)
at #1 RIT 4, #9 Connecticut 1
at #2 Sacred Heart 4, #7 Holy Cross 3 (OT)
at #3 Air Force 4, #6 Army 2
#5 Canisius 5, at #4 Mercyhurst 4 (2 OT)
Saturday, March 13 - Quarterfinals (Game 2)
at #1 RIT 5, #12 American International 1
at #2 Air Force 4, #11 Sacred Heart 0
#8 Canisius 3, at #3 Holy Cross 2 (OT)
at #6 Connecticut 4, #7 Mercyhurst 3 (OT) 
Friday, March 19 - Semifinals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 RIT 4, #5 Canisius 0
#2 Sacred Heart 2, #3 Air Force 1
Sunday, March 14 - Quarterfinals (Game 3)
at #3 Holy Cross 7, #8 Canisius 3
Saturday, March 20 - Finals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 RIT 6, #2 Sacred Heart 1
 Friday, March 18 - Semifinals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 RIT 4, #6 Connecticut 2
#2 Air Force 3, #3 Holy Cross 2 
2010 NCAA East Regional
Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
Friday, March 26
#4 RIT 2, #1 Denver 1

Saturday, March 27
#4 RIT 6, #3 New Hampshire 2
Saturday, March 19 - Finals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#2 Air Force 1, #1 RIT 0 
2010 NCAA Frozen Four
Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Thursday, April 8
#1 Wisconsin 8, #4 RIT 1
2011 NCAA East Regional
Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.
Friday, March 25
#1 Yale 2, #4 Air Force 1 (OT) 
   
2012 Atlantic Hockey Tournament  
Friday, March 2 - First Round (Game 1)
at #8 Connecticut 4, #9 Canisius 3 (OT)
at #7 Robert Morris 5, #10 American Int'l 3
at #6 Bentley 5, #11 Sacred Heart 3
at #5 Holy Cross 3, #12 Army 2 
 
Saturday, March 3 - First Round (Game 2)
at #8 Connecticut 4, #9 Canisius 0
#10 American Int'l 7, at #7 Robert Morris 5
#11 Sacred Heart 4, at #6 Bentley 2
at #5 Holy Cross 5, #12 Army 2 
 
Sunday, March 4 - First Round (Game 3)
at #7 Robert Morris 4, #10 American Int'l 3 (OT)
at #6 Bentley 5, #11 Sacred Heart 0
 
Friday, March 9 - Quarterfinals (Game 1)
at #4 Mercyhurst 2, #5 Holy Cross 1
#6 Bentley 4, at #3 RIT 1
at #2 Niagara 3, #7 Robert Morris 0
at #1 Air Force 4, #8 Connecticut 3 
 
Saturday, March 10 - Quarterfinals (Game 2)
#5 Holy Cross 3, at #4 Mercyhurst 1
at #3 RIT 5, #6 Bentley 4 (2OT)
at #2 Niagara 2, #7 Robert Morris 1
#8 Connecticut 3, at #1 Air Force 1
 
Sunday, March 11 - Quarterfinals (Game 3)
at #4 Mercyhurst 3, #5 Holy Cross 1
at #3 RIT 3, #6 Bentley 0
at #1 Air Force 4, #8 Connecticut 3
 
Friday, March 16 - Semifinals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 Air Force 5, #4 Mercyhurst 2
#3 RIT 2, #2 Niagara 1 (OT) 
 
Saturday, March 19 - Finals
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
#1 Air Force 4, #2 RIT 0
 
2012 NCAA Northeast Regional
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.
Saturday, March 24
#1 Boston College 2, #4 Air Force 0 
 

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