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College Hockey:
Hockey East picks – Jan. 18

Though I had a pretty good week, Dave held right with me.

Jim last week: 8-1-1
Dave last week: 8-1-1
Jim’s record-to-date: 73-47-12
Dave’s record-to-date: 80-40-12

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Jan. 18

Massachusetts at Boston College
Jim’s pick: With the way these two teams are headed, I can’t pick against BC.
BC 4, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: I’ve got to agree.  It’s hard to envision this game even being close.
BC 5, UMass 2

Northeastern at Boston University
Jim’s pick: This game is NESN’s Game of the Week, which for BU isn’t the best news given the last time the Terriers were on TV (6-5 OT loss to Harvard). But doesn’t know if lightning can strike twice.
BU 5, NU 2
Dave’s pick: While the Terriers have admittedly been inconsistent — how did they blow that lead to Harvard? – the Huskies have been consistent in a negative way.
BU 4, NU 1

Merrimack at Maine
Jim’s pick: I feel like Maine has to win at home eventually. Is this week game? Gut says yes, mind says no.
MC 3, Maine 2
Dave’s pick: I share Jim’s sentiment that Maine has to turn it around eventually, but it’s hard to forget their 6-0 shellacking at the hands of the Warriors last week.
MC 3, Maine 1

Saturday, Jan. 19

Massachusetts-Lowell at Boston University
Jim’s pick: Call this my upset of the week, but I think Lowell can win this game.
UML 4, BU 3
Dave’s pick: I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the River Hawks win their ninth straight game, but I’m sticking with home ice even though Agganis hasn’t been all that friendly to the Terriers.
BU 3, UML 2 (OT)

Merrimack at Maine
Jim’s pick: Like I said, Maine eventually has to win at home. I think this is the night.
Maine 3, MC 2
Dave’s pick: I’m sticking with Merrimack to pull off a tough road sweep.
MC 3, Maine 2

Boston College at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: While BC has struggled with the Huskies at times, I don’t think this is a trap game.
BC 4, NU 1
Dave’s pick: BC suffered a few stumbles during the holidays, but Johnny B. Gaudreau has returned and all is well.
BC 4, NU 1

Providence at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: Wildcats keep on rolling as PC faces a tough schedule.
UNH 3, PC 1
Dave’s pick: I see UNH and BC going neck-and-neck all the way to the final weekend. The Wildcats win here to stay on pace.
UNH 4, PC 2

Vermont vs. Penn State
Jim’s pick: Should be a pretty easy game for Cats.
UVM 4, PSU 1
Dave’s pick: Smooth sailing for the Catamounts.
UVM 4, PSU 1

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