2021-22 AHA Power Rankings
Spoilers Stealing Late-Season Points
Sacred Heart jump in the rankings as AIC hold strong.
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1. American International (Last Ranking: 1)
Record: 15-6-1 (16-11-2 overall)
A 2-1-1 mark over the past two weeks has the Yellow Jackets sporting a 12-point lead and on the verge of their fourth-consecutive conference title. An 11-game winning streak has shifted into three-straight series splits with a loss in each of their second-half games.
The Jackets remain the team to beat, and their second-half trend shows that their rival programs are eager to dethrone the conference powerhouse.
2. Sacred Heart (Last Ranking: 7)
Record: 10-10-2-2 (13-14-3 overall)
After a 3-1 mark in their past fourgames, the Pioneers take a significant leap in this week’s rankings, in part due to a late-season jump to third place in the conference standings. Transfer Neil Shea has led the Pioneers’ three-game win streak with six points (2 G, 4 A).
The Pioneers’ next series is a stop at Canisius, which holds a two-point lead on them and could see the Pioneers’ standings movement climb even further.
3. Canisius (Last Ranking: 4)
Record: 11-9-2 (14-12-3 overall)
The Golden Griffins hold the high ground in the standings, but sit beneath the Pioneers in recent play (2-1-0-1) and this week’s rankings ahead of their matchup. Two dangerous offenses will clash this weekend for six crucial points.
The Griffins have struggled to find consistent wins with their last consecutive wins coming in mid-November—the Pioneers’ defense will attempt to hold that trend.
4. Army West Point (Last Ranking: 5)
Record: 10-10-2-2 (12-14-3 overall)
The Black Knights have shown the ability to win in every fashion: blowout, comeback, 1-0, but they’ve struggled to bring consistent offense, scoring more than two goals just once in their past five losses.
But Mike Richter nominee Gavin Abric is giving his team a chance every night and when opponents offer his forwards space the Knights are rarely making mistakes.
5. Niagara (Last Ranking: 8)
Record: 10-10-2 (11-17-2 overall)
The Purple Eagle joined the Pioneers with a late-season surge, earning a 3-1 mark in the past two weeks. In a tight standings race, the effort has lifted them to one point shy of the first-round bye, tied with Bentley at 31 pts.
A home-and-home with struggling RIT—which sits with 32 points—will put the Eagles’ power in their talons this weekend to help secure a first-round bye.
6. Air Force (Last Ranking: 3)
Record: 9-11-2-2 (11-15-2 overall)
The Falcons haven’t managed a regulation win since Jan. 22, but their ability to grab some points in three of their past four games (1-2-0-1) has kept their hopes of a first-round bye alive.
Two series remain, both against reeling RIT and Bentley—programs that went winless since last rankings—and both fall within striking distance for a standings swap.
7. RIT (Last Ranking: 6)
Record: 9-9-4-3 (13-13-4 overall)
The Tigers’ 0-3-1 record has come at an inopportune time as Niagara and Air Force await and bring hotter play into two matchups that have the potential to drop the Tigers all the way to eighth place.
With just six goals over their past four outings the Tigers’ confidence is weak and their upcoming opponents will look to be the hunters ahead of the conference tournament.
8. Bentley (Last Ranking: 2)
Record: 10-11-1 (12-15-1 overall)
The Falcons are in their worst stretch of the season with an 0-4 mark that has dropped them in the power rankings and all the way to sixth in the standings. A first-place program not too long ago, the Falcons are now a tiebreaker shy of losing their bye.
One point below the tiebreaker is Air Force, which looks to snag both six points and some insurance on a first-round bye from the Bentley series this week.
9. Mercyhurst (Last Ranking: 10)
Record: 7-11-4-1 (9-17-4 overall)
Another standings jump was made with a 3-1 record by the Lakers, but even with four wins over their past six games, they sit ninth in the conference with 27 points.
Team cohesion is balancing out and keeps them within the mathematical realm of a first-round bye but their remaining 12 possible points come against AIC and Canisius, meaning they don’t have the benefit of point-swings against competing programs.
10. Holy Cross (Last Ranking: 9)
Record: 8-12-2 (10-19-2 overall)
Despite also posting a 3-1 record, the Crusaders’ 24-points places them tenth in the conference and a strong bet to be the road team in the best-of-three first-round series.
However, their recent sweep of Air Force and four wins over their past five—including wins over AIC and Sacred Heart—should put their final two opponents on notice in Army and Bentley.
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