Feb. 3-7 picks

Last time: 5-2-2

Overall: 46-19-5

All games are 7 p.m. starts otherwise noted.

Friday, Feb. 3

Quinnipiac at Brown

The Bobcats look to get back on track as they face the Brown Bears. Brown only has one win in 2017, but I expect them to come out hard playing at home. Despite Quinnipiac’s struggles, their depth should take over. Bobcats win.

Dartmouth at Harvard, 7:30 p.m.

This should be intriguing match-up as the Big Green defeated Harvard 8-4 two and half weeks ago up in Hanover. Dartmouth hasn’t had much success outside of Thompson Arena this season. The Crimson seem to be back in rhythm after a slump after Christmas break. They also have the Beanpot on Monday so this game could easily be a trap game. Harvard wins a close one.

Colgate at Rensselaer

Both teams have been struggling, but this is important game for playoff seeding. Colgate has 10 points while RPI has six. The Raiders are sitting in ninth while the Engineers are in 12th. With Brown facing Quinnipiac, RPI can start moving up the ladder with a win. Colgate can be tied with Dartmouth at the end night for eighth. The Raiders win.

Cornell at Union, 8:30 p.m.

This one should be a great game. Both teams are playing some outstanding hockey lately. This game should feature a good offense vs. a good defense. Will the Big Red be able to limit Mike Vecchione, Sebastian Vidmar and Spencer Foo? Will those three players be able to solve Mitch Gillam in Cornell’s crease. The Achilles Center should be rocking and that should play apart in the game. Union wins.

Princeton at Yale

The Bulldogs have been playing some pretty good hockey in 2017. Patrick Spano was named the goaltender of the month for January and I think his hot play continues in February. It won’t be an easy game because the Tigers like to play up to the competition. Yale wins a tight one.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Princeton at Brown, 4 p.m.

Both teams will be trying to move up from the bottom of the standings this weekend. It should be an intriguing battle Saturday afternoon. Princeton’s top six should be the difference maker in the contest. Tigers win.

St. Lawrence at Clarkson

Another intriguing contest on the schedule this week as two rivals meet up. The Saints are riding high over their victory over Union Saturday night. The Golden Knights are looking to halt a three game losing streak. Rivalry games tend to be close. Saints squeak a win out.

Cornell at Rensselaer

The Big Red should be hungry as they look to get back to their winning ways. They play very well on the road and I think that continues on Saturday. RPI will look to Evan Tironese and Riley Bourbonnais to keep the game close, but offense has been a struggle all season for RPI. Cornell wins.

Colgate at Union

Both teams look to get four points out of the weekend from my predictions. The Raiders will need an unexpected offensive explosion to keep up with the Dutchmen as they have only score 1.92 goals in conference games. Charlie Finn has the ability to steal a game. If it’s low scoring, the Raiders have a chance. I am taking the Dutchmen.

Quinnipiac at Yale

The Bobcats are starting to feel the heat from the middle of the pack of the standings. One of those teams is Yale. This should be a battle between instate rivals. Can the Quinnipiac’s offense come together and put pucks behind Spano which hasn’t happened too much lately. Will Yale continue to get secondary scoring like they did last week? Quinnipiac responds well to playing a team that’s chasing them. Bobcats win.

Monday, Feb. 6

Beanpot

Northeastern vs. Harvard, TD Garden in Boston, 5 p.m.

Harvard completes their battle of Boston area schools with their opening round game of the Beanpot against Northeastern. Both teams will be pumped up and it will be interesting to see which Northeastern team comes to play. They have been up and down all year. They are on a four game winning streak coming to the weekend. It will be a close one. Harvard wins.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Colgate at Cornell

The Big Red return home where they dropped their previous two games. With a 4-3-1 record at home this game is a perfect opportunity to start building a home ice advantage with playoffs coming around the corner. The Raiders hope they can steal two points and getting four of six points out of thee would be outstanding for them. Cornell doesn’t want end this year like they did last year down the stretch. The victory goes to the Big Red.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Fixing the PWR or limiting it’s importance would be something to look at. Providence College barely got in and is in the championship game. The PWR might be a tool for the committee to use, but obviously is flawed and didn’t allow the best 16!teams in……..

    • No RIch, Harvard and Yale barely got in. If Harvard didn’t make it to their conference semi-final, then win the final and ECAC auto-bid, they and Yale wouldn’t have made it by the PWR. Other teams, different in each instance, would have… And Providence would have been no less than a 12 or 13 seed. Providence was ALWAYS in, ALL year. They were one of the top 15 teams ALL year.
      I’d like to know which team you think was left out that should have made it… Please don’t say anyone other than UML. Vermont, BGSU, Colgate, or Michigan were no more qualified than Harvard and Yale.
      You have a good point about the flaws in the PWR, but Providence is not the culprit here.
      I question the auto-bid… Maybe the regular season champ should get the auto-bid instead. In that case, both Harvard and Yale would have been out.
      I also question 5 or 6 teams from one conference, when the strength of a conference (determined by inter-conference w-l records) is decided after the mid-season tournaments, with half a season still to play for teams to likely IMPROVE.
      And smaller conferences (BIG, NCHC) have a greater opportunity to schedule more non-cons… A distinct advantage in building their “conference resume” in the PWR.

  2. I’m real interested to see how this “group” and college hockey handles the ASU situation. Right now they don’t have a conference, and there isn’t one that makes sense (Ala-Hunstville comes to mind). To my knowledge, WCHA teams, 1/2 of which are upper Midwest members, already have an issue with travel time and costs… Adding ASU increases the problem. The NCHC will want no part of a weak, start-up program. Waiting 25 years (as noted in the article) for 4-5 more western programs is an awful long time.

  3. After reading this again, I ask… What did we fans of college hockey learn here that we don’t already know?
    What’s even more discouraging is the acknowledgement of ESPN as a “great partner.” The FF play-by-play has been terrible… Amateurish and ill-informed at best. Where was the FF preview show to excite fans prior to Thursday? ESPN promotes Cricket (and Curling) more than D1 College Hockey. Jezz, man, Cricket… Really?
    You bought into their bright lights and hype, but with little or no substance.

    • I had to turn the sound down watching the FF as I couldn’t stand that play-by-play announcer. Him getting excited and raising the pitch of his voice over every shot really got annoying. That’s the best crew ESPN could find for the FF?

      • I’ve said this a hundred times myself… I know several fans of the FF that feel the same way. Very annoying. I don’t need to hear that silly ESPN news hype lingo, or to be told what’s happening every moment on every play… Just let the game breath!

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