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Hockey East picks: Oct. 18-20

Q: When is a record of 15-3-1 a disappointment?

A: When your competition goes 16-2-1.

Dave last week: 15-3-1
Jim last week: 16-2-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 15-3-1
Jim’s record-to-date: 16-2-1

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Oct. 18

Wisconsin at Boston College
Dave’s pick: This ranks as the Game of the Week, the number two team in the country against number seven. I’m going with number seven, BC at home.
BC 3, Wisconsin 2
Jim’s pick: I agree with Dave that the margin of this selection is narrow but home ice wins out for BC.
BC 2, Wisconsin 1

Northeastern at Holy Cross
Dave’s pick: Holy Cross played BU tough last weekend and Northeastern has struggled against Atlantic Hockey teams in the past.
HC 4, NU 2
Jim’s pick: I think Dave is underestimating the ability of Northeastern. The offense clicked last weekend and I see more of the same this weekend.
NU 5, HC 3

Mercyhurst at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: Don’t let the records deceive you. These two teams may be 0-5 between them, but I expect both to be at least middle-of-the-pack in their conferences. This should be a good game with home ice helping the Merrimack cause.
MC 4, ‘Hurst 2
Jim’s pick: I like Mercyhurst’s team but think that Merrimack will be very fired up to play at home.
MC 4, ‘Hurst 1

Michigan State at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: After two tough road games last weekend, UMass breaks into the win column at home.
UMass 4, MSU 2
Jim’s pick: Good test for UMass at home but I think that the Spartans are a probably a better team.
MSU 3, UMass 2

Quinnipiac at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: The Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda national championship game from last April. I don’t feel terribly confident in this pick since the River Hawks have typically started slowly under coach Norm Bazin, but I’m going with them at home anyway.
UML 3, QU 2
Jim’s pick: After last Friday’s loss for Lowell, I feel like I should be picking QU. But I like Lowell at home in this one.
UML 4, QU 2

Rensselaer at Boston University
Dave’s pick: This clash of Top 20 teams is another one where home ice is helping me decide.
BU 3, RPI 2
Jim’s pick: I think RPI is a little bit over-rated. We’ll find out on Friday night.
BU 4, RPI 2

Michigan at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: Ditto what I said about RPI and BU. With almost every nonconference game in Hockey East barns, I’m turning into Homer Hendrickson.
UNH 4, UM 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: Tough one to call. I believe Michigan will earn a win. Questions is which game.
UM 5, UNH 3

Michigan Tech at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: The Irish aren’t number four in the country for nothing. They easily put away their long-time Western foe.
UND 4, MTU 1
Jim’s pick: Agreed. Irish will roll.
UND 5, MTU 2

Saturday, Oct. 19

Wisconsin at Boston University
Dave’s pick: If BU wins this one over the second-ranked Badgers, it’ll make a lot of people sit up and take notice. But I don’t see it happening. The Terriers have played at a level belying what will be a 3-0 record.
UW 4, BU 2
Jim’s pick: Can’t agree more. This is a great test for BU, but I see the Badgers coming away with the win.
UW 3, BU 2

Mercyhurst at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: The Warriors go from being winless without a goal scored following Week One action to .500.
MC 3, ’Hurst 2
Jim’s pick: Another tough one to call but I think at home Merrimack has what it takes.
MC 3, ‘Hurst 2

Holy Cross at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies salvage a split to go to 3-1 on the season.
NU 3, HC 2
Jim’s pick: I see this series as a Northeastern sweep, though a high-scoring series.
NU 5, HC 4

American International at Providence
Dave’s pick: The Friars should have an easy time with this one.
PC 4, AIC 1
Jim’s pick: If Providence can avoid a let down, they will win going away
PC 6, AIC 2

Massachusetts-Lowell at Quinnipiac
Dave’s pick: The River Hawks can’t finish off the tough end of a sweep.
QU 3, UML 2
Jim’s pick: This series is close enough that home ice will matter.
QU 4, UML 2

Michigan State at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: This two-game set has “split” written all over it, but I’m sticking with home ice as a deciding factor. That plus a big weekend for Branden Gracel.
UMass  3, MSU 2
Jim’s pick: I’m going with the split that Dave predicted but wouldn’t call.
UMass 4, MSU 1

Michigan at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: These two teams are so closely matched, I’ve got to go with a split even though I could go oh-fer picking it the wrong way.
UM 3, UNH 2
Jim’s pick: If Dave goes “oh-fer,” I go 2-for-2
UNH 4, UM 2

Bentley at Maine
Dave’s pick: If the Black Bears don’t get into the win column with this one, the sticks might start getting gripped a little tighter.
UM 4, Bentley 2
Jim’s pick: Maine will get into the win column on Saturday.
UM 5, Bentley 2

Sunday, Oct. 20

Michigan Tech at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: The Irish sweep to move to 4-0 on the season and in the process, inch closer to a number one ranking.
ND 4, MTU 2
Jim’s pick: If they haven’t grabbed your attention yet, start considering Notre Dame a legit contender.
ND 3, MTU 0

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  • Guest

    Dear Santa,
    While you’re stuffing your sleigh can you bring the Nanooks a couple of bona-fide snipers who can score with the best of them? 
    Thank you
    A Nanooks Fan Who Hates One Goal Losses.

  • Dick

    Who are these posts written for? I would guess any hockey fan visiting this site knows the ins and outs of the season, maybe even more in depth. Hell, I could write this. I guess it’s un biased fwiw. Just wasted 5 mins reading this and another 2 commenting geez. gimme some real news. Merry Xmas

    • Paula Weston

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Dick!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t pay that much attention to the CCHA. I now considered myself briefed.

  • Yooper

    Indeed NMU hasn’t scored much so far with Vijier, Gron, and Florek leading the way.
    However, when your strength of schedule has been the toughest in the nation, you probably won’t score much anyway.  NMU has a history of being outshot 40-20 and winning the game late 2-1 etc.  Please note that Notre Dame has had an intense
    schedule as well and their third best scorer only has 5.  There is clearly much more to winning hockey than goal scoring.  I don’t see NMUs 6 CCHA home games and 8 CCHA road games  as a significant hindrance during the rest of the season.  They did get soundly beaten at OSU but their other road games (WMU and LSSU) were
    close contests.  Watch out for Reed Sekel… he’s better than the stats show.

  • 81GRRBRONCO

    Dick….Might want to work on those typing skills if it took you 2 minutes to “Post” your meaningless comment.