Atlantic Hockey Picks March 29-31 (NCAA Tournament)

Last Week: 1-2
On the Season: 143-83-29 (.610)


This Week’s Picks:

NCAA East Regional
March 30-31

No. 4 Canisius vs. No. 1 Quinnipiac
A Canisius upset is a trendy pick. The Golden Griffins have been the hottest team in Division I over the last four weeks, while the Bobcats lost in the semifinals of the ECAC tournament but managed a victory the consolation (yeah, it was consoling) game.

I have picked against Canisius in its last eight games and the Griffs have proved me wrong each time. Why mess with that? Quinnipiac wins.


NCAA West Regional
March 29-30
No. 3 Niagara vs. No. 2 North Dakota
While Canisius may be a semi-popular choice to advance, almost no one thinks the Purple Eagles have a shot. Any team with a Hobey Baker finalist in net has a chance, provided Carsen Chubak shakes off his last game and his team plays better in front of him. I just think the North Dakotans (well, what else can I call them?) have more weapons and will win a war of attrition. North Dakota wins.

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