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ECAC West playoff picks: Feb. 20

I went 4-0-1 last week, and was 49-13-5 (.828) for the regular season.

Preliminary Round Picks

No. 6 Nazareth at No. 3 Neumann
Neumann has been playing well since early January and will be at home, where the Knights are 9-1-2 this season. Nazareth has shown some growing pains the last few weeks, and is facing a tall order against the 13th-ranked team in Division III. Neumann 4-1
 
No. 5 Elmira at No. 4 Manhattanville
The Valiants have had to play all their “home” games in Connecticut since Hurricane Sandy struck, but still managed to go 7-2-1 away from the road. The Soaring Eagles have struggled in recent weeks, and were 0-3 against Manhattanville this season. Manhattanville 4-3
 
Semifinal Round Picks
 
No. 4 Manhattanville at No.1 Utica
The Pioneers have lost just twice at home all season, went 2-0-1 against Manhattanville this winter, and are averaging nearly five goals per outing. The Valiants played the Pioneers tough last weekend, but Utica should have just enough to advance to the league final. Utica 5-4
 
No. 3 Neumann at No. 2 Hobart
The host Statesmen are allowing less than two goals per game, but the visiting Knights topped them two weeks ago by a 3-1 count behind netminder Braely Torris. The Knights might be able to turn the trick again, if they get the goaltending once more. Neumann 2-1

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