ECAC West Weekly Picks, Nov. 18-27

Flipping a coin worked pretty good last week, as I went 4-0.  However, I heard some grumblings about my picks when I visited Hobart on Saturday.  It is hard to make everyone happy.
This week, a bit of a bonus as I’m making picks through the Thanksgiving weekend, as teams hit the holiday tournaments.
I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.
Last Week:  4-0
Overall:  8-2 (.800)
{predicted winners bolded}
Friday, November 18
Hobart at Elmira – After a big game against Neumann last weekend, Elmira looks to remain perfect in league.
Manhattanville at Neumann – Neumann gets its first home league contest of the season.
Saturday, November 19
Utica at Neumann – Utica comes into Neumann on a three-game roll.  Having not played a game Friday should give the Pioneers an advantage.
Tuesday, November 22
Manhattanville at Western New England – The Valiants look to build some momentum on the road, and Western New England should be just the team for them to do it against.
Friday, November 25
Neumann at Cortland – Cortland certainly isn’t the pushover it used to be, but Neumann has a lot of weapons to bring to bear.
Elmira at Middlebury – Elmira hits the Primelink Tournament on a roll, but this tournament is the toughest in the country.
Saturday, November 26
Neumann at Cortland -Neumann hopefully will finish off the sweep against Cortland, if for nothing more than to build on the ECAC West’s bragging rights over the SUNYAC.
Norwich/Plattsburgh vs. Elmira – If Elmira can win the Primelink, it will make a strong case to jump to the top of the USCHO Poll.  But facing Norwich or Plattsburgh in the championship game might be a bit too much.
Hobart vs. Babson – Hobart heads east for the Cape Cod Tournament.
Sunday, November 27
Amherst/Salem State vs. Hobart – The Statesmen’s strong defensive corps will help them roll to the title in the Cape Cod Tournament.
Williams at Manhattanville – Manhattanville hosts its first nonconference game of the year.


  1. Rankings are a joke. It’s just a popularity contest.
    Just look at the pairwise.
    A lot of ranked teams are low in the Pairwise.

  2. Seriously Jim, nothing about the UML win over BU except that BU lost? I know you were there. It was a game certainly deserving of a paragraph here.

      • Except that he’s an on air radio analyst for UML games with Bob Ellis. It’s almost like he goes out of his way to not be labelled a UML homer.

        • This is ludicrous. The Monday morning wrap-up is a super-short piece that will, by definition, leave out almost every team every week. Jim and I cover UML plenty. And to show how utterly ridiculous your complaint is, check out what the featured team was in Friday night’s Hockey East roundup. And which team was featured in the Saturday night roundup. (See the “Recaps tab up top.) Oops. Lowell both nights. Yeah, they’re really getting screwed for coverage.

          • No darlings but the first part in this article literally says “Losses by BC, BU make race to finish interesting” to which you easily could have said “Wins by UML, Merrimack make race to finish interesting”.

          • But that misses the point. The point was that going into this past weekend, BC and BU were effectively in a two-team race for first, which is exactly what Jim had written a week ago. They were in control, but their losses opened up the door for the other teams. (And Merrimack isn’t one of them, so mentioning the Warriors would have made no sense.) The only sensible way to write that topic was the way Jim did it.

          • Ludicrous? Sensitive, much Dave? Almost cute that you’re sticking up for your buddy, Jim, too. It’s Hockey Dave, my comment was the off ice equivalent of a D-man’s quick cross check to a guy posting up in front of my goalie. Lighten up, Francis.

          • You criticize everyone — I believe a few weeks ago you even said Bazin had lost credibility — and then when someone points out that your critique makes no sense, you resort to name-calling.

          • My point was, that my comment was innocuous. You can spin it however your sensitive self wants. Besides, Jim essentially covered that same thought twice. First in saying BC lost in thought 1, then again in the paragraph about MC. The stories I thought were deserving (3 things) were: 1. MC jobbing BC, UML beating BU, and PC being a badass.

          • “Never said he wasn’t a great coach. I said his credibility is suspect at the moment and, Well, your comment is easy to say if you’ve been watching in the stats and maybe a few games here and there, but I see them on a weekly basis and I see the little things that have me worried, like; inconsistent effort, freelance play from individuals, disregard for team philosophy.”
            My comment verbatim, no name calling. Try again, Dave. Also, if you don’t like criticism, stop reading the comments…directed at someone else.

          • Yeah, saw them both. Maybe you missed my up vote of Bob Neal’s comment. I thought he succinctly summed up my thoughts, so I up-voted and didn’t comment. Saturday, I commented.

          • As a huge Lowell fan I cannot complain about the USCHO coverage of the Riverhawks. They get plenty of ink. Great win over BU. BC series looms big.

  3. I don’t know if I’d call Providence’s recent winning streak “remarkable”. Like every other team they lost a lot of players to graduation and early departures and it took a while for the young team to mesh. In my opinion having relatively few injuries, hard work, combined with great coaching and increased shot production has propelled their recent success.

    • I’ll beg to disagree. Nine straights wins, and all of them in the league, is remarkable if for no other reason than I don’t think anyone else has done it this year. That, by definition, is remarkable.

      • That’s the trouble with the printed word, no intonation. I took Jim’s use of remarkable as sarcasm and to paraphrase the immortal words of David Puddy ” hey man, gotta support the team”!

      • Agreed Dave. They looked good against my Lowell team. There seems to be 6 very good HE teams. Home ice and a bye is the #1 thing to try for. The last 2 weekends will be interesting.

  4. .
    i concord with the picks – you have my blessing. ;)
    BUT here is hoping BSU wins none of the two games.

  5. Mankato is an interesting team. Their ranking seems to have hit a ceiling because of the weaker strength of schedule most of the season but they’ve obviously shown they can beat some pretty good teams like St Cloud and Duluth too. Hard to pinpoint if they are a true national contender but for now I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

    • .
      no reason to see them not make it into the second round of the tourney;
      West Regional (Sioux Falls):
      14 Northeastern vs. 4 Denver
      12 North Dakota vs. 5 Minnesota State
      and they would be competitive playing either of the other ones.
      of all these teams, MNSU has been the most consistent.

  6. Say, Jack… if you thought Ferris would sweep, why would you post scores that would indicate a split?
    “I think Ferris will get a sweep. Mavericks 6-2, Bulldogs 4-3”.


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