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MASCAC picks: Feb. 14

With just a little over a week and a half to go, the MASCAC race for first place is about to get more exciting.

It looks like right now, the Plymouth State Panthers and Westfield State Owls will battle it out for first and second place. With some help, either the Owls or Panthers could lock up that top spot soon.

On the other hand, if it goes south for the Owls, Massachusetts-Dartmouth is right there to try and claim the number two spot.

This should be a good week, with six conference games on the docket.

Oh yeah, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let’s take a look at the picks.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Fitchburg State Falcons (9-11-2) at Mass.-Dartmouth Corsairs (8-7-6)
Both teams are playing strong hockey right now. Mass.-Dartmouth is coming off a big win over Salem State and a tie with Westfield State, while Fitchburg went 1-1, which included a 4-0 shutout over Worcester State. The Corsairs are peaking at the right time, and think it may be the sign of good things to come. I like the Corsairs in a close one. Mass.-Dartmouth 4-2

Worcester State Lancers (6-14-2) at Plymouth State Panthers (16-6-0)
Plymouth State, which should be ranked in my opinion, cannot afford to take the Lancers lightly. I called it earlier that Worcester State may play spoiler; however, the Panthers have too much riding on this one. This contest is at Plymouth State, and is a good tune up for the Panthers before the playoffs. Panthers all the way. Plymouth State 6-2

Westfield State Owls (13-6-3) at Salem State Vikings (10-11-1)
Game of the week right in the MASCAC. Westfield State, like Plymouth State, has a lot riding on this one, as it looks to jump over the Panthers in the standings. Owls coach Bob Miele will have his team amped up for this one. The Vikings though, need this one badly as well. This will be back and forth all night. I can see this coming down to the wire; maybe a little overtime, perhaps? Westfield State 5-4 (OT)

Picks to date: 25-9-6 (56 points)

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