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The 2012 Atlantic Hockey Tournament was held from March 2 through March 17, 2012.  The winner of the tournament received the conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Regular seasonEdit

Conference record Overall record
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#16 Air Forcedagger* 27 15 6 6 36 85 52 39 21 11 7 119 83
Niagara 27 14 6 7 35 80 53 37 17 11 9 101 81
RIT 27 14 7 6 34 72 52 39 20 13 6 99 86
Mercyhurst 27 15 8 4 34 79 68 40 20 16 4 111 116
Holy Cross 27 15 8 4 34 93 70 39 20 15 4 120 107
Bentley 27 13 7 7 33 81 59 40 16 16 8 114 109
Robert Morris 27 13 9 5 31 72 58 39 17 17 5 102 103
Connecticut 27 12 12 3 27 78 67 39 16 19 4 112 105
Canisius 27 10 14 3 23 54 74 36 10 22 4 66 111
American International 27 6 18 3 15 57 98 37 8 26 3 82 137
Sacred Heart 27 4 20 3 11 66 122 37 6 28 3 84 173
Army 27 3 19 5 11 52 96 34 4 23 7 65 120
Championship: Air Force 4, RIT 0
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion

FormatEdit

All twelve teams qualify for the tournament. The first round has seeds 5 though 12 playing in a best of three first round at the arena of the higher seeded team. Seed 5 host seed 12, 6 host 11, 7 host 10, and 8 host 9.  The teams were re-seeded after the first round.  The quarterfinal round has seed 1 host seed 8, seed 2 host 7, 3 host 6, 4 host 5. This round was also best of three at the arena of the higher seed.  Teams were re-seed for the semifinal round. The Atlantic Hockey Championships (semifinal and final rounds) were held at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

First RoundEdit

Games Played March 2nd through 4, 2012

#5 Holy Cross vs #12 ArmyEdit

  • Holy Cross defeated Army 2 games to none (3-2, 5-2)

#6 Bentley vs #11 Sacred HeartEdit

  • Bentley defeated Sacred Heart 2 games to 1 (5-3, 2-4, 5-0)

#7 Robert Morris vs #10 American InternationalEdit

  • Robert Morris defeated American International 2 games to 1 (5-3, 5-7,4-3 (OT))

#8 Connecticut vs #9 CanisiusEdit

  • Connecticut defeated Canisius 2 games to none (4-3 (ot), 4-0)

QuarterfinalsEdit

games played March 9-11, 2012

#1 Air Force vs #8 ConnecticutEdit

  • Air Force defeated Connecticut 2 games to 1 (4-3, 1-3, 4-3)

#2 Niagara vs #7 Robert MorrisEdit

  • Niagara defeated Robert Morris 2 games to none (3-0, 2-1)

#3 RIT vs #6 BentleyEdit

  • RIT defeated Bentley 2 games to 1 (1-4, 5-4 (2OT, 3-0)

#4 Mercyhurst vs #5 Holy CrossEdit

  • Mercyhurst defeated Holy Cross 2 games to 1 (2-1, 1-3, 3-1)

SemifinalsEdit

games played March 16

#1 Air Force vs #4 MercyhurstEdit

  • Air Force defeated Mercyhurst 5 to 2

#2 Niagara vs #3 RITEdit

  • RIT defeated Niagara 2 to 1 in overtime

FinalEdit

game played March 17, 2012

#1 Air Force vs #3 RITEdit

  • Air Force defeated RIT 4 to 0

Air Force received the conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

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