Welcome to the New Year! Hopefully I can do something to close the old man’s gap in the picks department.
Jim’s last week: 9-6-2
Dave’s last week: 10-5-2
Jim’s record-to-date: 64-46-11
Dave’s record-to-date: 68-42-11
Saturday, January 7
Merrimack at BU
Jim’s pick: Even though they’re at home, I don’t have much confidence in BU right now.
MC 4, BU 2
Dave’s pick: A terribly tough call to kick off a week loaded with tough calls. While firing on all cylinders in the first semester, both clubs played as well as any in the country. Now… I’m going with BU, but I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.
BU 3, MC 2 (OT)
Vermont vs. UMass (Frozen Fenway, at Fenway Park, Boston)
Jim’s pick: Vermont played a decent game at Maine on Wednesday but they’re injured and have struggled so much I can’t pick them. This one is going to the Minutemen.
UMass 3, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: Maybe Fenway Park is what the Catamounts need, but I don’t think so.
UMass 4, UVM 2
Maine vs. New Hampshire (Frozen Fenway, at Fenway Park, Boston)
Jim’s pick: Maine continues on a roll to being the second half.
Maine 4, UNH 2
Dave’s pick: My wife has called me the Most Stubborn Man on Earth, and I’m going to prove it with yet another pick for the Wildcats.
UNH 5, Maine 4
Sunday, January 8
Merrimack at Boston College
Jim’s pick: Probably the toughest game of the weekend to pick, so I’ll go with home ice.
BC 3, MC 2
Dave’s pick: The Eagles have been up-and-down of late, but I see them kicking off a hot streak here.
BC 4, MC 2
Wednesday, January 11
New Hampshire at Providence
Jim’s pick: Let’s see… both teams lost last week at home to Brown, 5-2. Should I pick a tie here? Nah, just go with home ice yet again.
PC 4, UNH 1
Dave’s pick: Call it a Stubbornness doubleheader, but I’m going again with UNH, this time to get its first road win of the year.
UNH 3, PC 2 (OT)