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Hockey East Picks : Nov. 12-13

Only a single pick from last week — New Hampshire over Massachusetts-Lowell – prevented Dave from going oh-fer the week.

Mulligans, anyone?

Dave last week: 1-5-2
Jim last week: enjoying himself in Ireland while Dave got trounced (Jim’s Note: Timing is everything!)
Dave’s record-to-date: 16-12-10 (.552)
Jim’s record-to-date: 14-8-8 (.600)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, November 12

Merrimack at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The nation’s number one team remains undefeated. 
BU 3, Merrimack 1
Jim’s pick: This won’t be an easy game for the Terriers but I think the home ice advantage is enough for the win.
BU 4, Merrimack 3

Northeastern at Maine
Dave’s pick: The Huskies going 0-for-3 against Atlantic Hockey teams in Matthews Arena makes you think they’re going to get shellacked at Alfond Arena. 
Maine 5, Northeastern 1
Jim’s pick: This trip has always been a nightmare for the Huskies. That nightmare continues
Maine 4, Northeastern 2

Massachusetts at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: UMass is left still looking for its first win. 
UNH 3 UMass 1
Jim’s pick: This is my upset pick of the week. Minutemen finally in the ‘W’ column
UMass 3, UNH 2

Boston College at Vermont
Dave’s pick: The Eagles aren’t operating on all cylinders yet, but they’ll have enough to keep the Catamounts on the schneid. 
BC 3 UVM 2
Jim’s pick: Gutterson has never been BC’s favorite place to play, but it hasn’t been Vermont’s either this season.
BC 5, UVM 3

Providence at Alabama-Huntsville
Dave’s pick: If Alabama-Huntsville were a member of Atlantic Hockey, I’d be obliged to pick the Chargers (since Hockey East is a collective 1-4-4 against that league).  Fortunately, they’re an independent so Tim Army’s crew is safe.
PC 4, Alabama-Huntsville 1
Jim’s pick: I have this weird feeling the Friars take the Chargers a little too lightly. 
Alabama-Huntsville 3, PC 2

Saturday, November 13

Boston University at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: I came this close to going with the Warriors, but I’m picking BU to remain undefeated for one more week. 
BU 3, Merrimack 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I’m simply not picking against Merrimack at home unless they give me a reason to.
Merrimack 3, BU 2

Northeastern at Maine
Dave’s pick: It’ll be a long trip back from Orono. 
Maine 4, Northeastern 1
Jim’s pick: Black Bears complete the sweep.
Maine 3, Northeastern 2

Massachusetts at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: The Wildcats finish off the home sweep. 
UNH 4, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: UNH bounces back for the split.
UNH 5, UMass 2

Boston College at Vermont
Dave’s pick: The winless Catamounts will be dangerous, but BC has just enough to complete the sweep.
BC 2, UVM 1 (OT)
Jim’s pick: Really think this will be a tie, but I’ve never picked a tie, so why start now. Eagles sweep.
BC 3, UVM 2

Providence at Alabama-Huntsville
Dave’s pick: How ’bout them Friars? 
PC 4, Alabama-Hunstville 2
Jim’s pick: It’s splitsville for the Friars.
PC 6, Alabama-Huntsville, 3

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  • Downtown71

    As someone with a backgorund as a working journalist, I believe Mr. Sullivan shuld be going the extra mile to show a non-bias against the ECACHL, given his Big East / BU ties. Instead, he slips in a shot at Cornell regarding their uniforms, injecting his own BU bias into the discussion.

    USCHO should post an apology to readers for this juvenile behavior by one of its writers.

  • Mvalenstein

    Writing in from New Haven here,

    Yale has been a great 2nd and 3rd period team. Through the first four games they have a GD of 0 in the 1st (7-7), but a GD of +13 (17-4) in the 2nd and 3rd.

  • Mainer4

    I see BC losing one in Burlington this weekend, too difficult a building to go into and win, when your not playing well. Also, UMass will not win at UNH this weekend, aint gonna happen. I do see a possible victory by MC over BU though, I still think BU is a little overrated with that #1 ranking. Outside of Playing Maine to a tie, they really havent beaten anyone of significance.

  • LtPowers

    Really? No Laura Chamberlain?

    • Chris Conrad

      She wasn’t all-conference, therefore she wasn’t qualified for this award.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD7KSGIYMAEFXG7Z3S6CBUEAOM John Smith

    true BU beat ND who beat BC but Merrimack also beat BC so lets not get ahead of ourselves

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD7KSGIYMAEFXG7Z3S6CBUEAOM John Smith

    Mr. ECAC writer how come you leave Colgate out of the national polls every year, yet they continually do well in the ECAC, and we’ll see if Colgate is worthy when the play Clarkson your #20 this weekend

  • 4Hockeyeast

    Actually if you’d note that i said “opponents” in no way does that refer to “games played” they have played 5 opponents, 2 of which the poster above me thought were respectable. In my world 2/5= 40% not sure which world you’re living in though. Nice try though calling out my math skills. You should check your reading comprehension first.

    Summary: BU has played 5 teams total. 2/5 of them considered respectable teams. 2/5= 40%.

  • 4Hockeyeast

    Ok let’s compare meaningful opponents relative to the number of times BU has played them. When your post was made, BU had played 7 games. 2 of those 7 were considered to be against meaningful opponents. So then 2/7 games can be considered to be meaningful. That would mean that 28.57% of their games were against meaningful opponents. I’ll round to the nearest hundredth’s place, like you attempted (poorly), to do. The number above rounds to 28.6% for those of us who can’t do simple rounding in our heads. Bad reporter is bad at math AND reading comprehension. Too bad BU will probably be #1 in the national poll after this weekend. Looks like my post is now inconsequential seeing as the ECAC writer of this blog really did end up picking the #1 team as #1.

  • T. Benedetto

    Roving Reporter,

    How’s your face?

    -Tim Benedetto

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