Apologies to the Hockey East fans out there. Between Dave falling off the wagon and turning Christmas into a week-long bender and me having turkey coma since Christmas Day somehow we’ve missed two days of games and thus the related Hockey East picks. Dave isn’t around to add his input but here, at least, are my selections for the remaining games of this holiday weekend.
And here is wishing you and your families a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Dave last week: 1-0-0
Jim last week: 1-0-0
Dave’s record-to-date: 49-21-18
Jim’s record-to-date: 49-15-15
Here are this week’s picks:
Friday, December 31
Boston College vs. Mercyhurst (Ledyard Bank Championship Game at Dartmouth)
Jim’s pick: Eagles win in the rematch of the 2007 NCAA regional game.
BC 5, MC 2
UMass at Wisconsin
Jim’s pick: Minutemen got trounced in the first and, while I think the second game will be closer, Bucky will still win.
UW 3, UMass 1
Saturday, January 1
Ohio State at Vermont (Catamount Cup at Vermont)
Jim’s pick: Even though it’s a new year, I have to think Vermont continues its struggles.
OSU 4, Vermont 1
Brown vs. Boston University (Shilleagh Tournament at Hoffman Estate, Ill.)
Jim’s pick: The Bears gave BU everything they could handle in a tie earlier this year but I still think the Terriers should grab the victory.
BU 4, Brown 3
Sunday, January 2
St. Lawrence at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: UNH continues its winning way in the New Year.
UNH 5, St. Lawrence 3
Harvard at Vermont (Catamount Cup at Vermont)
Jim’s pick: Not a fan of pre-determined holiday tournaments but in this case it may work Vermont’s ways. Picking the Cats over head coach Kevin Sneddon’s alma mater.
UVM 3, Harvard 1
Minnesota State OR Notre Dame vs. Boston University (Shillelagh Tournament at Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
Jim’s pick: Either opponent is feasible for the Terriers, and I think either would give BU trouble.
MSU 3, BU 2 or ND 4, BU 2