Last Week: 8-2-2
On the Season: 149-60-27 (.689)
This Week’s Picks:
Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25
Air Force at Robert Morris – The Falcons are the only team that has locked up a first round bye going into the final weekend, but the Falcons still need three points to guarantee the top seed. Robert Morris has to sweep and still needs a lot of help to finish in the top four. I’m picking a split. Air Force 3, RMU 2; RMU 2, Air Force 1.
Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Niagara – RIT needs two points to clinch a bye; Niagara three. The Tigers have yet to beat Niagara since moving to Division I (0-6-3) and haven’t defeated the Purple Eagles since 1996. I think they break that streak, but only on home ice on Saturday. Niagara hosts Friday. Niagara 4, RIT 2; RIT 2, Niagara 1.
Holy Cross vs. Bentley – Both teams have feasted on the lower part of the standings in recent weeks, but now face each other in a crucial showdown. The Falcons need three points for a bye while the Crusaders need a sweep. I think neither team gets what it wants and will be scoreboard watching on Saturday. Bentley 4, Holy Cross 3; Holy Cross 5, Bentley 4.
Mercyhurst vs. Canisius – The Lakers need three points to lock up a bye and I think they’ll sweep their long-time rivals. Mercyhurst 3, Canisius 2; Mercyhurst 4, Canisius 2.
Army vs. Sacred Heart – This series will determine who finishes last in the regular season. The Pioneers need to sweep the Black Knights to avoid the basement, and I think they’ll do it. Sacred Heart 3, Army 2; Sacred Heart 4, Army 3.
Connecticut vs. American International – UConn needs a point to host a first round playoff series as well as regaining the momentum the Huskies have lost since the holidays. I’m picking them to right the ship with a sweep. UConn 4, AIC 2; UConn 3, AIC 1.
So my final predictions for the regular season standings are:
2. Air Force (loses tiebreaker with Mercyhurst)
5. Bentley (loses tiebreaker with Niagara)
6. Holy Cross
7. Robert Morris
11. Sacred Heart
12. Army (loses tiebreaker to Sacred Heart)
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Feel free to chime in by posting your picks in the comments.