College Hockey:
Hockey East Picks – Feb. 9 – 13

Did someone actually say “bet the ranch” when predicting yet another Boston University Beanpot win over Northeastern?

Well, that was hyperbole, you see.  Officially, USCHO deplores all forms of gambling.  (Except, of course, when Jim and I play poker. That isn’t gambling.  That’s separating fools from their money.)

As for how the two of us did last week, we again took it on the chin.  This league has become impossible to pick well on a consistent basis. Each week, we get a reminder of Hockey East’s top-to-bottom strength.

Dave last week: 3-5-1
Jim last week: 3-5-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 88-55-16
Jim’s record-to-date: 81-62-16

Note: These picks reflect the updated schedule due to the cancelations associated with the blizzard.

Here are this week’s picks:

Saturday, Feb. 9

Maine at Vermont
Dave’s pick: Here’s another pivotal game in the race for the playoffs. I’ve made no secret that I like Maine’s chances better than Vermont’s.  If the Catamounts are going to prove me wrong, they’d better start here.
Maine 2, UVM 1
Jim’s pick: And I’m the first to believe that the Catamounts will do just that, Dave. Especially at home.
UVM 2, Maine 1

Sunday, Feb. 10
Providence at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: UNH bounces back from its home loss to Merrimack, but I’ll be surprised if this one isn’t neck-and-neck the whole way.
UNH 3, PC 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I like Providence’s chances here but don’t think I should go against UNH at home.
UNH 4, PC 3

Massachusetts at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: The Minutemen remain dangerous, but I’m predicting a fourth-straight win for the Warriors that gets them to within a point of first place.
MC 3, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: I agree with Dave. We have one heck of a great race for first. 
MC 2, UMass 1

Monday, Feb. 11

Boston University vs Harvard (Beanpot consolation)
Dave’s pick: Methinks BU remembers two years ago when it missed the NCAA tournament despite a 15-6-6 league record. The Terriers lost to Harvard in this same dreaded consolation game and got upset by the Huskies in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Between all that, their doom was sealed. Let’s see if it was a lesson learned.
BU 5, Harvard 1
Jim’s pick: BU understands how important this game is to the NCAA tournament race.
BU 4, Harvard 1

Northeastern vs Boston College (Beanpot championship)
Dave’s pick: What a story it’ll be if the Huskies can win their first Beanpot since 1988.  Arguably, that would be great for the tournament since the last time a team other than BC or BU won dates all the way back to 1993. But I don’t think it’s going to happen.
BC 3, NU 2
Jim’s pick: You could say that I’m picking different from Dave just to try to catch up. But I actually believe that NU is a destiny team in this year’s Beanpot.
NU 4, BC 3 (OT)

Wednesday, February 13

New Hampshire at Providence
Dave’s pick: The Wildcats earn a very tough sweep to climb within a point of BC and first place.
UNH 4, PC 2
Jim’s pick: Providence grabs the much-needed victory at home.
PC 3, UNH 2

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  • Leggs2

    The last two weeks of the season are very exciting.  With 8 points available, the playoff lineups are tight and could change in a Chara slap-shot.

  • NotFriskyEnough

    Calling for a sweep of the north country?! Very surprising, especially for a “frisky” blogger like Sullivan.

  • stangles

    Union is 
     22-4-5-1 at home? Whats the extra 1?

    • http://twitter.com/SullivanHockey Brian Sullivan

       Typo, fixed. 22-5-6.

  • Wainwrightd

    No way does Colgate and Cornell Sweep St. Lawrence…Appleton will be rocking and it’s going to be a tough place to play…my picks…SLU 5  Colgate 4    SLU 3 Cornell 2 in OT

    • Guest

      Worth noting Cornell hasn’t swept this road trip since 2004-2005.

      • Guest

        And they won’t again.  Yet another blown third period lead.

    • Notgonnahappen

      I bet SLU wont win both games like you think 

  • kdiff77

    Funny that you guys both picked Brown to lose against Harvard, who we’ve been really good against the past several seasons, and beat Dartmouth, who has absolutely dominated us with no exceptions since they hired Bobby Gaudet away form Brown in the ’90′s. 

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