Hockey East picks – Jan. 14-19

Last week was not a good one for me to be away as Jim widened his lead in New Hampshire-like fashion.

Dave last week: no picks
Jim last week: 7-2-0
Dave’s record-to-date: 49-21-18 (.659)
Jim’s record-to-date: 60-19-16 (.716)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, January 14

Providence at Maine
Dave’s pick: The Black Bears will be looking to redeem themselves after taking a beating at the hands of Merrimack last weekend.
Maine 5 PC 2
Jim’s pick: Providence played Maine tough at home, but that should change with a hungry Maine team playing in Orono.
Maine 5, PC 3

Vermont at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies have hit their stride and aren’t about to misstep at home. 
NU 4 UVM 2
Jim’s pick: One of many difficult picks among the lower half of the league. For this one, I see a split starting with the Cats win.
UVM 3, NU 2

Massachusetts at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: Both teams are on losing streaks right now, but the Minutemen are playing much the better of the two teams. 
UMass 3 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: If Lowell is going to win, it will be Friday night on home ice.
Lowell 3, UMass 2

Merrimack vs Alabama-Huntsville
Dave’s pick: The easiest pick of the week.  The Warriors all the way. 
Merrimack 6 AH 2
Jim’s pick: Warriors take the Grand Ole Opry by storm.
Merrimack 4, UAH 1

Saturday, January 15

Massachusetts-Lowell at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: The Minutemen extend Lowell’s losing streak to 13.
UMass 3 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: Minutemen earn the weekend split and take the Alumni Cup.
UMass 4, Lowell 1

Vermont at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies sweep to go over .500 within the league. 
NU 3 UVM 2
Jim’s pick: NU rebounds to earn the split.
NU 3, UVM 1

Merrimack vs Alabama-Huntsville
Dave’s pick: The Warriors complete the sweep, giving them a 12-4-4 overall record. 
Merrimack 5 AH 2
Jim’s pick: Yet another win for Merrimack. This team keeps rolling.
Merrimack 3, UAH 2

Dartmouth vs New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: Dartmouth is having a good year; UNH is having a great one. 
UNH 4 Dartmouth 2
Jim’s pick: Almost want to pick the upset here, as Dartmouth always gives UNH headaches. But I’ll go with records and recent performance here.
UNH 5, Dartmouth 4

Harvard at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The Terriers have stumbled a bit lately, but the Crimson have struggled all year. 
BU 4 Harvard 2
Jim’s pick: Not a chance, Harvard.
BU 5, Harvard 1

Sunday, January 16

Boston College at Maine
Dave’s pick: In the most compelling game of the week, the Eagles extend their winning streak to eight games.
BC 4 Maine 2
Jim’s pick: Tough pick but going with the rested Eagles team, even on the road.
BC 3, Maine 2

Tuesday, January 18

Boston University at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: This isn’t just about Merrimack’s home ice dominance.  The Warriors are simply the better team right now. 
Merrimack 4 BU 2
Jim’s pick: I went with Merrimack last week and this game was snowed out. Not changing my mind now.
Merrimack 3, BU 2

Wednesday, January 19

Harvard at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies keep the momentum going. 
NU 4 Harvard 2
Jim’s pick: Preview of the Beanpot semis. Northeastern should win both.
NU 3, Harvard 1


  1. I dunno if it’s even worth mentioning, but Merrimack is AT alamaba-huntsville (tho on neutral ground at the NHL rink in Nashville, which actually has a blue and gold seating color scheme!). I still take the warriors.

  2. BC should be #1 today after the new rankings come out due to the fact they lost to a ranked team unlike UND and Yale. Either way it’s of no consequence as long as they remain top 4 in the pairwise and claim a #1 seed in a regional. See you in St. Paul

  3. Question for those that may know: The B10 Championship: will the games be a 5 minute OT followed by a Shoot Out? Maybe just in the Quarter finals? And 20 minute OT’s in the Semi’s and Final. Anyone know for sure?

  4. All the UND and Gopher haters that complain about the schedule need to get a life and realize these schedules are made a year in advance. There is no possible way to know how good any teams will be a year in the future. The object is to win the games you play, and get the top 14 in the PWR, knowing 2 slots will go to conference champs that might not be in the top 16.

  5. I herd that Ralph Engelstad was a Nazis. As a megga Fitting Soiux fan, this makes me two sad. I herd that he throwed birthday party’s too honer Hitler. I can not bilieve that some body wood due that. I doesn’t think I wil ever goto the Ralph again. :(

      • It’s nice to see Joe Black’s take a stand against a horrible man. He’s a very smart North Dakota fan and a solid human being.

    • You’re right about Ralph, Joe Black’s. Here are some facts on the real Ralph Engelstad.

      “Ralph Engelstad is a Las Vegas casino owner and a major donor to the University of North Dakota, where he was a goalie in the late ’40s. He’s also a guy who’s been fined $1.5 million by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for damaging the reputation of the state by holding, in two separate years, private Hitler’s Birthday parties at his casino, complete with a swastika cake, German food and marching music, bartenders wearing T-shirts with the words “Adolph Hitler European Tour 1939-45,” and a life-size
      portrait of Hitler inscribed “To Ralphie from Adolph, 1939.”

      I find it sad that that a university of “higher” learning embraces Engelstad while he celebrated a man responsilble for the genocide of 11,000,000 people and starting a global war.


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