Hockey East Picks: March 2-3

Just a few weeks left and I have leveraged a perfectly-picked split between UMass and UNH to take a two-game lead in the standings. I’m guessing Dave is about to pull the goalie in desperation, so I hope the lead is five by next weekend.

Jim last week: 7-2-1
Dave last week: 5-4-1
Jim’s record-to-date: 109-69-17
Dave’s record-to-date: 107-71-17

Friday, March 2

Vermont at Boston College
Jim’s pick: As impressive as Vermont was in almost taking down BU last weekend, I can’t pick them against this red-hot BC team. If I get one of these wrong, I know I won’t lost ground to Dave.
BC 4, UVM 1
Dave’s pick: No disrespect to the Catamounts, but I’m not desperate enough to pick against the number one team in the country. That would be pulling the goalie in the first period.
BC 5, UVM 2

Northeastern at Boston University
Jim’s pick: I have a weird feeling NU will take one of these games this weekend, but not ready to put my money where my mouth is.
BU 3, NU 2
Dave’s pick: I share Jim’s feeling that the Huskies could get a split (or at least grab one point) on the weekend, but it won’t be at Agganis with BU still holding hopes of a regular season title.
BU 4, NU 2

Massachusetts-Lowell at Providence
Jim’s pick: This will be the toughest game to pick all weekend. Would likely go with PC at home after Lowell’s showing last weekend, but knowing Tim Schaller is out of the lineup for the Friars, this feels like Lowell’s weekend.
UML 4, PC 2
Dave’s pick: Agreed. The River Hawks stumbled last weekend, but they’ve shown a lot of bounce-back resiliency all year long.
UML 3, PC 2

Merrimack at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: The Minutemen have been great at home all year, but Merrimack looked to have found its stride a weekend ago.
MC 5, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: I’m going with the Warriors as well, although I think it’ll be a much tighter game. The Minutemen are fighting for their playoff lives while the Warriors are fighting for home ice and also are on the NCAA tournament bubble.
MC 4, UMass 2

Saturday, March 3

Vermont at Boston College
Jim’s pick: A difficult season for the Catamounts finally comes to an end.
BC 5, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: Dandy Don Meredith would have been singing “Party’s Over” for Vermont a long time ago. As for the Eagles, don’t expect a letdown. Even if they’ve locked up the Hockey East title, Jerry York has shown he always has an eye on the national picture, so this team isn’t about to fritter away a number one NCAA seed. 
BC 5, UVM 1

Massachusetts at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: A loss could mean the end of UMass’ season, thus this team may be playing at a different level. Still, not going against Merrimack at home.
MC 4, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: The Warriors haven’t been as dominant at home this year as in past ones, but I still like them holding off a life-or-death UMass team to take home ice.
MC 4, UMass 3

New Hampshire at Maine
Jim’s pick: This is the only game of the weekend for these two rivals and it could mean plenty for each team. Narrow edge goes to the home ice club here.
Maine 4, UNH 3
Dave’s pick: Here’s where I should pull the goalie, but I won’t. Maine desperately needs this game to have a shot at home ice and with the game at Alfond that would feel like pulling the goalie with the puck in my own zone.
Maine 5, UNH 3

Boston University at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: This game could mean everything for NU, but like I said earlier, not picking against BU right now.
BU 3, NU 2
Dave’s pick: Time to pull the goalie. The Huskies at home fighting for their playoff lives will be the more tenacious of the two teams and they’ll pull out the win.
NU 3, BU 2

Providence at Massachusetts-Lowell
Jim’s pick: Lowell sweeps to solidify everything from home ice to its position in the PairWise.
UML 5, PC 2
Dave’s pick: Much as I’d like to pick against Jim, I’ve got to agree.  The storybook season continues for the River Hawks.
UML 4, PC 2


  1. Bad loss by Cornell to Brown on Sunday following a great win. They had a chance to  give themselves an early advantage in the league. Hopefully they sweep next weekend (or at least pull out 3 points because Dartmouth has been a tough trip recently for the Red.

  2. Minnesota will win the WCHA! UMD’s schedule down the stretch is tougher then Minnesota’s. The overall opponents record vs the Bulldogs is not as good as the Gophers opponents record but the teams UMD will face are playing better hockey. UMD has home series with North Dakota & Colorado College, they also play at Mankato & St. Cloud. The Gophers play at Denver & Omaha, they play host to Bemidji and Wisconsin. I like the Gophers position headed down the stretch vs Duluths. I will predict the Bulldogs will get 10pts out of 14. Even if the Gophers split all of their remaining series the Bulldogs wouldn’t catch them. The Bulldogs would need to sweep 2 of those series if the Gophers played 500 the rest of the way. The Gophers will sweep either Bemidji or Wisconsin and split with Omaha and Denver. No matter what it would be tough for the Bulldogs to catch the Gophers.

    • i think UND and CC will both get 2 points out of duluth, for some reason they are slumping.  and going to St. Cloud this year has not been easy, and as we can see this weekend, MSU-M isn’t going to go down easily either. I can’t see the bulldogs even getting 8 out of the 14 the way they are playing right now.  They need a big weekend against the no namers

      • This is very doubtfull, the Bulldogs are in a slump, but when their game is on their great. If you look back to past games the Bulldogs have showed dominate traits throughout most of their games that make it hard for oppoents. Their going to be excited to the challenge of UND and CC and wouldn’t doubt if they won 3/4 of those games.

  3. Problem with your logic Mr Hockey is that UMD has 8 games remaining with 16 points available, not 14. 
    However, after all is said and done, I do agree that the Gophers will win the WCHA crown.  I predict that UMD will take 12 points during the remainder of the schedule and that Minnesota will match that total.

    • Yes my math was off a little, the morning red bull hadn’t kicked in yet…lol. However that being said I was figuring the Gophers points as the same 14 not 16. So either way it will be tough for the Bulldogs to catch them.

    • Gogophs I do! The Gophers, Bulldogs, & BU have proven that they’re the top teams this year. No matter which team you cheer for, you have to admitt that they’re. Boston U has been through the most adversity with kids leaving and getting suspended. BU fans were saying it was time for Jack Parker to leave. I’d guess those fans have resinded those comments now. The Gophers have been playing great lately. Yes, they had a little slump, every team does. My hope is when the selection committee meets they realize this and put Gophers and Bulldogs on opposite sides of the bracket. I’d like Boston in the Gophers bracket just to see a good frozen Four match up. Go Gophers. 

  4. BU actually holds the tie-breaker over BC so they can be the number one seed if they sweep and BC drops one. Alternately, if BC ties twice then BU would take the number one seed by virtue of more league wins (again assuming a sweep).

    • You are correct and I’ve changed the offending language.  The tiebreaker list went:
      BC wins vs. UML, 2-1-0BU wins vs. BC, 2-1-0…
      With the BU-BC tiebreaker coming right after a BC tiebreaker win, I misread it. If I’d just used my memory, I’d have recalled Jack Parker saying after the Beanpot championship game that his team took the tiebreaker but BC owned the bigger win.

      Sorry for the error.  A casuality of being on the West Coast…

  5. UNH hasn’t given up 5 goals since their last game against Maine @ Fenway which was an OT game and DeSmith’s second ever start.  And they’ve only given up 4 goals 3 other times since DeSmith got the nod (vs BC, VT, @ UMass).  All of Maine’s scoring comes from that top line.  If the UNH defense can keep them in check I don’t see Maine scoring 4 or 5 goals (doesn’t mean they won’t win though).  

  6. BC should take the regular season title and hockey east championship. BU and Maine are both capable of winning as well. I would say Maine has the second best chance given how they played BC and that they havn’t lost 3 top players for off ice incidents.

  7. BC would have this in the bag if UVM didn’t gag late last week. Even a tie then would have worked. I’m a bit leery of the Cats playing at least one good game this weekend….

    •  I have to agree… I was enjoying seeing Merrimack ranked highly, but the second half of the season has been unimpressive.

  8. Chris. Can you write a letter to the editor of the Springfield, MA paper saying that you think more people should be aware of the quality hockey being played at the Olympia. I’ve tried it twice, and they don’t want to publish it. You have more creds than me!

  9. I know there is still a ton of hockey to be played but if the NCAA field was picked today neither Omaha nor UMD would be eligible because both teams have a sub 500 record.


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