College Hockey:
Hockey East picks – Jan. 10-14

I picked up a single game on Jim last week. I don’t know whether that’s good news because it’s improvement or bad news because I needed more.

Dave last week: 7-3-4
Jim last week: 6-4-4
Dave’s record-to-date: 92-51-19
Jim’s record-to-date: 96-47-19

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Jan. 10

Providence at Boston College
Dave’s pick: Jon Gillies may be back, but the Friars have hit a few potholes. BC isn’t the right team to be facing now.
BC 3, PC 1
Jim’s pick: Home ice may be the deciding factor here.
BC 3, PC 2

Merrimack at Clarkson
Dave’s pick: Clarkson is 12-2-1 against everyone else, but 0-4-1 against Hockey East. That would argue for picking the Warriors, but they’re still winless on the road.
Clarkson 3, MC 2
Jim’s pick: Clarkson has just enough talent to beat the offensively-challenged Warriors.
Clarkson 3, MC 1

Massachusetts at Cornell
Dave’s pick: The momentum the Minutemen had been picking up before the holiday break seems all gone now. Cornell is just too good, especially at Lynah.
Cornell 4, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: If this was a home game for UMass, I’d be tempted to pick the Minutemen. The fact is, it’s not.
Cornell 3, UMass 2

Alabama-Huntsville at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: It’s great that the Chargers kept their program alive, but at 1-21-0 they’re easy pickings for the Irish.
ND 5, UAH 1
Jim’s pick: No brainer here.
ND 6, UAH 2

Saturday, Jan. 12

Frozen Fenway: Massachusetts-Lowell vs. Northeastern
Dave’s pick: Both teams are coming on strong now, but the River Hawks are the stronger of the two.
UML 3, NU 2
Jim’s pick: This is a tough one to pick given that NU won the first meeting. I assume Lowell won’t hit four posts this time.
UML 4, NU 2

Frozen Fenway: Maine vs. Boston University
Dave’s pick: The Terriers just lost at home to a 2-11-2 Dartmouth team, running their winless  streak to five games.
Maine 4, BU 1
Jim’s pick: This one shouldn’t be close. Though it likely will be.
Maine 3, BU 2

Boston College at Brown
Dave’s pick: Brown has played .500 hockey this year. That ain’t good enough against the Eagles.
BC 5, Brown 2
Jim’s pick: Agree. This is BC’s game to lose.
BC 3, Brown 2

Dartmouth vs. New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: UNH may be going places this year; Dartmouth isn’t.
UNH 4, DC 2
Jim’s pick: Very tough pick given that Dartmouth made BU look bad at home. Manchester has rarely been kind to UNH either. I’m going Green.
DC, 3 UNH 2

Merrimack at Clarkson
Dave’s pick: I’d be picking the Warriors to split at home, but not on the road.
Clarkson 3, MC 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This is one good, and very hungry, Clarkson team.
Clarkson 4, MC 1

Vermont at Colgate
Dave’s pick: The Catamounts are 8-1-2 over their last 11. I’m lumbering onto that bandwagon.
UVM 4, Colgate 2
Jim’s pick: I’d feel better if this was in Vermont. No sure the Cats can handle a tough road game against a team that just tied and beat No. 1 and No. 2.
Colgate 3, UVM 2

Alabama-Huntsville at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: Anything I say at this point would seem like picking on the Chargers. So I’ll just list the score.
ND 6, UAH 1
Jim’s pick: Second night is typically a lot tighter for the Chargers. Doesn’t mean it’s a win..
ND 3, UAH 2

Tuesday, Jan. 14

American International at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: UMass has struggled in its last few games, but the Yellow Jackets are 1-10 over their last 11.
UMass 4, AIC 1
Jim’s pick: Western Mass. battle goes to the hosts.
UMass 4, AIC 2


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  • Redhawk fan13

    Unfortunately OSU has a two point lead over Miami and Western.

    • Paula Weston


      • Fox5 2

        Ladies and Gents can we change the subject for a minute.The hockey poll voters are getting as bad as those for ncaa football.Can anyone give me an explaination on how teams can lose six straight games and 3 out of 4 and stay in the top 7?It just doesn’t make sense 2 me.CCHA best conference in the country going 2 miss it.

  • Decatur Spartan.

    With just 6 pts separating first from eighth, it looks like a very fun race to the end of the season. No team can take another for granted any longer.
    Time to hold your breath!
    Go Spartans!

    • Paula Weston

      This season is awesome!  I hope that the CCHA’s last year, next season, will be as thrilling.  

  • John Fitzgerald

    “Histories of sustained success?”  Journalistic Creativity at it’s best.  Berenson has traditionally used the GLI as a springboard, and this year seems no different as their slump was in November and December.  However nobody fears the Block(head) M any longer as the “Yost Ghosts” were chased away in 2011 by many teams.  History is a class, not a predestined determination of an outcome of a sport played by 8-24 yr old males.

    The CCHA standings are condensed due to a surprising 1st year by Anastos @ MSU and Murray has kept the Broncos staying relevant (although the offense took the weekend off vs Miami of Ohio), plus as you’ve mentioned recently, the 3 points earned for a regulation W.  Miami of Ohio, OSU and U of M have all played 2 extra games so far, so other than Bowling Green living in the basement this year, almost every contest during the next six weeks will be a “pivotal positional” game.


    • Paula Weston

      Um, maybe I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that 21 consecutive NCAA appearances is a history of sustained success, nor do I think it’s a stretch to say that a team that has had a run of six consecutive NCAA appearances — and Frozen Four appearances in 2009 and 2011 — makes an argument for a history of sustained success.

      The Broncos were in the NCAA tournament last year for the first time since 1996.  They look like they’ll make the tournament again this year.  This is a good start toward building a history of sustained success — but they haven’t done so yet.

      Players in programs with ongoing success understand better than players from emerging programs how to be successful — even when it appears that they’re slumping.  They may not achieve that success, but they have far more experience at their disposal than players in other programs.

      No one fears Michigan?  Really?  Given their history, I doubt that any coach in the league is thinking, “Gee, I’d really like to face Michigan in the playoffs.”  I’m not sure any coach in the country would say that.  Same goes for the RedHawks.  

      • Hawks

        Any school from Boston would want to face the Redhawks :/

      • John Fitzgerald

        Other than my “Go Broncos” sign-off, this wasn’t about the Bronco’s and their recent success as much as it was the Michigan Hockey Team’s past success not being relevant in 2012.  Yes, players have to learn how to win, and that confidence is developed with the influence of others.  But sports in general has examples of “teams rising above and surpassing their historical results.  Underachievers and overachievers are why games are played and not decided based on “Statistics”.  And yes, any coach/player lacing up their skates that is should want to play Michigan or Miami University anywhere, anytime, otherwise I don’t want them playing for WMU.  Call Andy Murray and ask him if he “really wants to play Michigan in the playoffs”. 

    • Bob

      All’s I’m saying is this is another case in point of delusional Western Michigan fans having come out of the woodwork lately.

      • John Fitzgerald

        Bob….This has nothing to do with the 1 and 1/2 years of improved play at Western Michigan, but more that Michigan has proven that they can be vulnerable and their history isn’t relevant this year.  They’ve got great players, but the parity in the CCHA that is apparent in the 2011-2012 is more relevant than the overall coaching record of Red Berenson. 

        • UM Deker

          The biggest reason for the UM Nov slump was turnovers in the defensive end. (3 unassisted goals by Union was the low point) After 7 game winless streak, UM was still 5th in scoring nationally. Since getting Merrill back the defense has been much improved and they have only one loss (@ND).

  • Miami

    John who is Miami of Ohio?

    • LoveAndHonor

      Miami University … Love and Honor

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