Hockey East picks: December 10-12

Both of us had solid weeks, but Jim stayed a nose ahead (or in the case of us two, a beer belly).

Dave last week: 7-2-2
Jim last week: 7-2-2
Dave’s record-to-date: 44-18-18 (.663)
Jim’s record-to-date: 42-14-15 (.697)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, December 10

New Hampshire at Maine
Dave’s pick: On a neutral sheet of ice, I’d go with UNH.  The Wildcats have allowed only two goals over their last three games. At Alfond Arena, however, the Black Bears are undefeated. Advantage Maine.
Maine 3 UNH 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: After seeing UNH with my own eyes on Sunday, I think they can take Maine at home.
UNH 4, Maine 2

Massachusetts-Lowell at Princeton
Dave’s pick: The River Hawks haven’t caught a break so far this year and it doesn’t happen this weekend either. The Tigers are looking pretty good with a share of the ECAC lead (albeit not in percentage).
Princeton 4 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: I’m with Dave here. Until Lowell shows me differently, hard to pick them.
Princeton 3, Lowell 1

Saturday, December 11

Quinnipiac at Providence
Dave’s pick: One team enters the break with a winning record, the other with a losing one.  (Non-math majors: this means they’re both now at .500.)  Call me a homer, but I’m going with Hockey East.
PC 3 QU 2
Jim’s pick: Don’t understand Dave’s rationale, but after seeing UMass beat QU, I’m saying Providence can do the same.
PC 5, QU 3

Boston University at Rensselaer
Dave’s pick: RPI is undefeated at home this year and has lost only to top-ranked Yale over the last five games.  Even so, I’m going with the Terriers, who despite defeating Northeastern on Wednesday are probably still licking their wounds from the sweep at the hands of Boston College.
BU 3 RPI 2
Jim’s pick: BU isn’t playing their best hockey right now. I’m going with the home team.
RPI 4, BU 3

Massachusetts-Lowell at Princeton
Dave’s pick: I wish it weren’t so, but I see the River Hawks going into the holiday break with a 2-14-2 overall record.
Princeton 4 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: Agreed.
Princeton 3, Lowell 2

Sunday, December 12

Massachusetts at Maine
Dave’s pick: Unless there’s a letdown after Friday night’s huge rivalry game, the Black Bears will remain undefeated at Alfond.
Maine 4 UMass 1
Jim’s pick: Maine rebounds in this one.
Maine 5, UMass 2

Vermont at Dartmouth
Dave’s pick: Dartmouth has gotten off to a strong start this year. Vermont, anything but.
Dartmouth 4 UVM 1
Jim’s pick: Keeps getting uglier for the Cats.
Dartmouth 3, UVM 1

27 COMMENTS

  1. ECAC Blogger has 2 ECAC teams in his top 20? Maybe this is why the national perception is that it is a weak conference. RPI played well out of conference and just beat Union…yet not in the rankings. Time to promote your conference a little. I doubt any SEC reporter didn’t vote Auburn #1 and LSU #2 or 3 for football.

  2. I would not consider Nick Bailen to be a rookie. He may be new to the ECAC, but he is a sophomore, as he transferred from Bowling Green after using the redshirt year to play in the USHL.

  3. ah no chance for Todd Barton to score. Also no chance for Da Costa to move up from 5th in scoring for the Warriors since they don’t play…what a shame….

  4. Melrose and Buccigross (both of whom I like) are embarrassing themselves with their complete inability to call the Union BC game. I have to watch on mute.

    • If those are the same guys that called the Quinny-Canisius game, I did not care for them at all.
      I especially can not stand the dude with the Canadian accent (mind you, I don’t have a problem with Canadian accents).
      They may know hockey, but it seems like they haven’t been following college hockey at all.
      Same as last year, actually.

  5. This will be pretty cool.
    We could be looking at four teams who have never seen a FF before.
    And definitely a first-time champ.
    This is what makes this tournament so exciting!

    • Isn’t that sort of the concept behind an upset… most people didn’t expect it?

      Look at the Pickem results… only 2 people picked the first ten games entirely correctly. Out of more than 11,000 participants.
      No one who filled out a bracket had to follow the seedings. And while lots of people picked a significant upset or two (300+ people picked Yale over MN), most people agreed with the PWR seedings enough that they have only 7-9 points after 10 games.

      So I don’t think you can really blame the PWR.
      This is how upsets work.

  6. this years tournament is clearly demonstrating that the smaller conferences such as ECAC and to a lesser extent AHA can play with the big boys. MN, UND, and now it looks like BC will all fall. the teams that are winning are working their butts off. Congrats to Yale and UMass Lowell. I would have enjoyed seeing my Gophers vs Lowell, but Yale had other ideas, this years theme is bring your game, not your name

    • This Union team can really skate and Yale is great a grinding. I’m excited for UML/Yale and hope UML can face Union if both teams are so lucky.

      • lowell has talent and they are hungry, all of the teams still playing seem to be hungry. Melrose just said Lowell was in frozen last year, is that correct?

        • I remember last year those two said all kinds of stuff that was just wrong, or at least showed they are out of touch with college hockey.

          • this years tourney looks great for the future of the game. i hope this can lead to expansion, possibly in the big10 and elsewhere, and although i’m a Gopher fan, it is exciting to see new teams smaller programs thrive, you’re right about Melrose, he knows little about the college game. I hope NBC sports network gets in the game with a fresh objective approach to the game

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