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Hockey East picks : Championship Weekend

Dave “pulled the goalie” last week in a desperate attempt to close ground, but as usually happens when that tactic is employed, he just widened the gap.  With just these three games left, Jim has clinched the picks title. 

A tip of the fedora to Jimmy (and a well-timed one on St. Patrick’s Day)!

Dave last week: 5-4
Jim last week: 7-2
Dave’s record-to-date: 105-40-30 (.686)
Jim’s record-to-date: 118-35-28 (.729)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, March 18

No. 1 Boston College vs. No. 6 Northeastern
Dave’s pick: I know the Huskies have given the Eagles all they can handle in recent games, but I’m still going with BC all the way to another Hockey East and national championship. 
BC 5 NU 4 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I love the way that NU is playing but I really love the way BC is playing. Don’t think it will be as close as Dave does.
BC 5, NU 2

No. 2 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Merrimack
Dave’s pick: The safe pick would be to go with UNH.  After all, the Wildcats and BC were neck-and-neck all season long for the regular season title.  But when it comes to the Warriors, I believe! 
MC 4 UNH 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This one will not end in regulation. But I firmly believe that UNH is on track for a big March this season.
UNH 3, MC 2

Saturday, March 19

Boston College/Northeastern vs. New Hampshire/Merrimack
Dave’s pick: I’m picking BC over any opponent.  If, however, Northeastern upsets the Eagles in the semifinals, that opens the gates wide open. Any three of the other teams would have a great shot.  I’d go with whichever team from the UNH/MC bracket advanced, but not by much. 
BC 3 UNH/MC 1 or UNH/MC 4 NU 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I actually think that this is UNH’s weekend. They will finally dispell some March demons. Whether that will last until April is yet to be seen. I can’t use all the slashes like Dave.
UNH 4, BC 3; UNH 4, NU 2; if MC vs. BC: BC 5, MC 3; if MC/NU: MC 4, NU 2

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  • Bharvey13

    as a part of the UNH Faithful i have close to zero faith in UNH. But we can hope right?

    • Irish Spectre

      As a BC fan, of the three other opponents left standing, UNH is the one that I feel the least uncomfortable about, which is to say that I’m with you!!

      • Jim Reynolds

        I would be more concerned about NU at 5pm and can they withstand NU’s last ditch effort. If NU stays out of the box and Rawlings plays well – NU will play saturday.

  • Floresoscar78

    NU will Play Saturday night! Their senior class is poised and looking for a well deserve revenge against an over-rated BC team. NU is playing as good if not better than any other top ranked school and they are tired of getting pushed down and have nothing to show for. I would be more concerned about UNH.

    • Irish Spectre

      NU has been playing outstandingly well, and with great, deserved confidence, but calling BC “over-rated” is pretty imaginative; it certainly isn’t borne out by any statistic, whatsoever.

      • Floresoscar78

        Your absolutely right Irish Spectre. I got a little carried away by calling BC “over-rated” what i meant is that they are over confident and with good reason. I feel that whichever team comes out of the locker room with the highest level of intensity will win. NU has proven that. BC plays to defend their championship not to win another one.

    • Mrs. York

      how’d that work out for ya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CWPQZ32UR7QJOJ2FZTNK2MXMKI paul

    merrimack gets an early lead and watch out their wide open style will make them tough to come back on
    GO EAGLES