Weekend Picks: Jan. 29

This weekend, two games may be a major preview for what to expect at the national tournament in short order.

In a series, that needs no formal introduction, No. 1 Plattsburgh plays two at No. 2 Elmira on Saturday and Sunday.

That above sentence speaks volumes, says plenty.

So who wins?

Friday, Jan. 29

St. Anselm at Franklin Pierce
Candace: I sometimes think St. Anselm should go D-I. In any event, I think they win a close one here. St. Anselm 3-2
Matt: This is a battle of unranked teams that have spectacular records. And yeah, I know they’re Division II schools. St. Anselm is 15-2-0; Franklin Pierce 12-3-1. Let’s go with the visitors taking this. St. Anselm 5-3

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30

No. 3 Adrian at St. Norbert
Candace: St. Norbert is a battling team, and this series might be closer than anticipated, but I like Adrian to sweep. Adrian 4-2, 3-2
Matt: Just like the men’s version of this series last weekend, these two games will be fought tooth and nail. It just seems with Adrian that the Bulldogs are on a mission. Take away Elmira and Plattsburgh and AC could easily rule the roost in D-III. I like an Adrian sweep here. Adrian 4-1, 4-1.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 30-31

Plattsburgh at Elmira
Candace: Elmira might be the only team that could end Plattsburgh’s bid for perfection, but I like the Cardinals to escape. Plattsburgh 2-1, 3-2
Matt: I give Elmira its due — the Soaring Eales are good. Make that really good. Plattsburgh, though, is in its own section of “really good.” I see the Cardinals taking both in close games — it won’t be easy to close out Elmira. Plattsburgh 3-2, 2-1

Tuesday, Feb. 2

No. 7 Middlebury at No. 10 Norwich
Candace: Another chapter in the battle for Vermont. I like the Panthers in a close one. Middlebury 3-2
Matt: Middlebury should sweep Hamilton this weekend and then head to Norwich with momentum — and a victory — to end Norwich’s momentum after what I’ll say will be two wins this weekend at Plymouth State and Massachusetts-Boston. Middlebury 3-1

10 COMMENTS

  1. I am not a BC hockey fan at all, however Mr. York embodies everything that is great with this game – on and off the ice.

  2. I was @ Clarkson for years 2 – 6 in Coach York’s tenure. In the beginning it was rough – CCT missed the ECAC playoffs my freshman year, but by the end he’d built a dominating team @ Clarkson. Though I never played for him, he taught me so much just by watching him at the games, practice, or just chatting with him @ the gym.

    Now 924 wins and counting. Congrats, coach!

  3. I was @ Clarkson for years 2 – 6 in Coach York’s tenure. In the beginning it was rough – CCT missed the ECAC playoffs my freshman year, but by the end he’d built a dominating team @ Clarkson. Though I never played for him, he taught me so much just by watching him at the games, practice, or just chatting with him @ the gym.

    Now 924 wins and counting. Congrats, coach!

  4. I remember Coach York showing up on a Sunday afternoon on Thanksgiving weekend in 2002 at Matthews Arena to be among the 100 or so people to watch a D-III game between RIT and Wentworth. He was there to see RIT coach Wayne Wilson, who had played for him and then coached under him at Bowling Green.

    Also, I too was at that press conference – it was after BC lost to Michigan in the 1998 national championship game in Boston. He handled the situation with a lot more class than I could have.

  5. I remember Coach York showing up on a Sunday afternoon on Thanksgiving weekend in 2002 at Matthews Arena to be among the 100 or so people to watch a D-III game between RIT and Wentworth. He was there to see RIT coach Wayne Wilson, who had played for him and then coached under him at Bowling Green.

    Also, I too was at that press conference – it was after BC lost to Michigan in the 1998 national championship game in Boston. He handled the situation with a lot more class than I could have.

  6. I had the good fortune to be the radio play by play guy for St. Lawrence in the mid ’70s when York was at Clarkson. I started doing this as a 16 year old freshman and to say that I found the pre-game check in with the opposing coach to be intimidating would be putting it lightly. The first time I was to broadcast an SLU-Clarkson game, before the game, I went down to the Visitor’s locker room at Appleton (incidentally where Ron Mason played his college hockey) to get the lineups and do a short pre-game interview.

    Jerry York stepped out of the locker room. He was a big presence. Somehow he knew my name. ( I had done maybe four broadcasts up to that point). When I started asking about Dave Taylor (all anybody ever asked him) he stopped me and walked me out to the players bench and sat me down and proceeded to spend five -10 minutes talking about all of the great Clarkson players who were not named Dave Taylor (like Bill Blackwood). I’ve always remembered that. He didn’t have to give me the time. He didn’t have to know my name. And he wanted to be sure that our coverage didn’t have Dave Taylor overshadowing his other great players. Class act.

  7. I had the good fortune to be the radio play by play guy for St. Lawrence in the mid ’70s when York was at Clarkson. I started doing this as a 16 year old freshman and to say that I found the pre-game check in with the opposing coach to be intimidating would be putting it lightly. The first time I was to broadcast an SLU-Clarkson game, before the game, I went down to the Visitor’s locker room at Appleton (incidentally where Ron Mason played his college hockey) to get the lineups and do a short pre-game interview.

    Jerry York stepped out of the locker room. He was a big presence. Somehow he knew my name. ( I had done maybe four broadcasts up to that point). When I started asking about Dave Taylor (all anybody ever asked him) he stopped me and walked me out to the players bench and sat me down and proceeded to spend five -10 minutes talking about all of the great Clarkson players who were not named Dave Taylor (like Bill Blackwood). I’ve always remembered that. He didn’t have to give me the time. He didn’t have to know my name. And he wanted to be sure that our coverage didn’t have Dave Taylor overshadowing his other great players. Class act.

  8. This BU alum has nothing but the utmost respect for Coach Jerry York. If the lads at Chestnut Hill College are going to keep winning, at least their coach is the classiest in the NCAA

  9. This BU alum has nothing but the utmost respect for Coach Jerry York. If the lads at Chestnut Hill College are going to keep winning, at least their coach is the classiest in the NCAA

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