Last week:

Dan: 4-3-4
Chris: 2-5-4

On the season:

Dan: 43-26-10 (.608)
Chris: 44-25-10 (.620)


This Week’s Picks:

NOTE: Dan Rubin, away on his honeymoon, sent me his picks before his wedding. He asked me to write “some awesomely funny comments for me”. Uhuh. Plus we have some bonus picks due to pair of games on Tuesday.

Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22
Canisius vs. Mercyhurst
Chris:Friday’s game at Mercyhurst has been postponed due to a snowmaggedon that hit the area between Buffalo and Erie hard. At the time this is published, Saturday’s game in Buffalo is still on. I usually go with the home team in these home-and-home series, but I’ve been burned a lot using this method so far this season. Plus I think Mercyhurst is the better team right now so I am picking the Lakers to keep the Golden Griffins winless at HARBORCENTER.
Dan: Dan might make some crack about how HARBORCENTER is now all in caps in the school’s and league’s press releases. Is it supposed to be an acronym? Have fun making some up. Anyway, Dan likes Canisius at home on Saturday.

Robert Morris at American International
Chris: The Colonials suffered their first defeat last Saturday at home to Air Force and look to rebound on the road. AIC has the reputation of stinging teams ahead of them in the standings but I think RMU gets it rolling against a struggling Yellow Jackets defense. Robert Morris sweeps.
Dan: Dan has been saying for the past couple of seasons that when he picks against RMU, they win and vise versa. Sorry, Sons of Schooley, but he’s picking an RMU sweep.

Army at Niagara
Chris:Niagara got its first win on Nov. 8, 3-2 in overtime at Bentley, and then was off last weekend. The Purple Eagles have several of their injured players back, and I think this weekend marks the return of a little of the Dwyer magic that made NU almost unbeatable at home prior to last season. Niagara Sweeps.
Dan: I (Chris) thought I was making a gutsy call as one could easily make a case for Army to be the favored team, but Dan is also picking Niagara to sweep. Now I don’t feel so intrepid.

Sacred Heart at Rochester Institute of Technology
Chris: RIT has owned Sacred Heart since joining Atlantic Hockey: 16-4 all time and unbeaten (8-0-1) in its last nine games with the Pioneers. But this is an improving SHU team that knocked off UConn last weekend and has beaten Bentley and Canisius. I’m going with a split. Sacred Heart wins on Friday; RIT wins on Saturday.
Dan: Sacred Heart has had some success against Bentley the past couple of seasons, and Dan sees a lot of Bentley games, so I can understand why he picks Sacred Heart to sweep.

Friday, November 21
Air Force at Denver
Chris: The Falcons are coming off a good weekend at Robert Morris and came with seconds of knocking off (then) third-ranked North Dakota a couple of weeks back. But I think No. 10 Denver gets it done at home.
Dan: Dan deems Denver desirable to deliver. Pioneers win.

Bentley at Harvard
Dan: Dan is going to tell you that the third time will be charm for the Falcons, who for two straight seasons have brought 500 fans to the Bright Hockey Center to see their team shut out (5-0 in 2012 and 3-0 in 2013). He’s picking (cough, homer, cough) Bentley to win.
Chris: History repeats. Harvard wins.

Saturday, November 22
Colorado College at Air Force
Chris: Air Force hasn’t had much success at home so far this season (2-3-1) but Colorado College is 2-7 and has scored two goals in its last three games. I’m predicting an Air Force victory.
Dan: Dan fails to see the superiority of my logic and picks CC to win.

Tuesday, November 25
Bentley at Holy Cross
Dan: Dan’s going with the home team here in a game he would probably be broadcasting if he didn’t decide to GET MARRIED IN THE MIDDLE OF HOCKEY SEASON. He thinks Holy Cross will win.
Chris: I will definitely be catching this one on These teams have a nice little rivalry going and I expect this to be an entertaining contest. I like Bentley to pull out a win on the road.

Army at Providence
Chris: Providence has tumbled down the polls but has had a tough schedule so far and I think still has the ability to defeat an improving Army squad. PC wins.
Dan: Dan is also picking Providence. Wait, can I change my pick?

  • Jason

    It’s nice that you recognize what we are saying. Regardless if what we say is right or wrong it’s nice to get acknowledged so thanks for that. 

  • Vizoroo

    Drew Shore

  • Poker Face

    As an easterner, I just want to interject and say that I’m fine with a westerner winning the award this year.  This year the best player in the East is Kreider but he doesn’t have the numbers.  Same with Dumoulin – hands down the best defenseman in the East.  Both phenomenal talents and they look great when you watch them.  Don’t be fooled by Spencer Abbott.  Not Hobey material.  Good player having a great season but he won’t blow anyone away.  No goalies out East really stick out either, especially in HE where the level of competition is high.  This kid in the ECAC has eleven billion goals but the ECAC is borderline DIII. 

    Is it time maybe we actually give it to the best player and not the guy with the most goals/points.  People are such stuck on the numbers end of the argument it is just getting ridiculous.

    • css228

      Yeah 30 goals in a defensive league not Hobey worthy? If Colgate makes the tourney it has to be Smith

      • Does Smith have nearly 200 career points?

        Thought so.  The Hobey isn’t always a single-season award, no matter how much they say it is.

        • K

          idiot… yes, it IS a single-season award… given out EACH year. duh. with a relatively lack-luster league, its an ease to knock down goals

        • keppelfinga

          smith no, connolly is the leading scorer for all active skaters

    • Boston-Maine~iak

      How is Abbott not a legitimate candidate? The kid took his game to a whole other level this season. The Black Bears needed people to step up and fill voids left by last year’s Seniors and Gustav Nyquist and Abbott (along with Flynn, Diamond, and Mangene) have been a major reason why Maine has had the season they have had and are back in the National picture. 

      • Taylor Birkelo

        Sorry Jack is the only honest contender for this.

      • 2011NAT_champsUMD

        gosh now only if Abbott did that for 4 straight years like Jack Connolly did then he might have a chance…..Jack is at 191 points. This is his second straight 50+ point year. Come on man pull your ” East Coast Biased” head out.

    • Tom

      Ur dumb Abbott is def top candidate been leadin league for a while and taking Maine to the tourney after loosing Gus. KReider is good but not hobby material this year, Abbotts put up mad points and set lots of achievments this year, like turning around a team ppl wrote off after winning 3 og the first 11. The Maine reason was Abbott.

      • WCHAFAN

        Bet he is not as dumb as the guy who thinks it is the “Hobby” Baker Award.

  • ColSkate

    Poker Face should wake up and smell the coffee. The Union goalie – I think it’s Troy Grosenick – is only leading the country in GAA – something like 1.52. He is far and away the best and deserving of Hobey mention. And this is coming from an arch enemy who would like to see Austin Smith win the award.

    • Gatefan

      Since when is Union our archenemy?

  • JJ

     Jack Connolly should win this hands down. The best college hockey player, in the best league on the best team.

    • Agassiseven

      Best team that is in 2 nd place.  Was lost 2 to the Gophers.  Not so much..

  • Brettno44

    How can you not even mention Torey Krug of MSU as he is leading the CCHA in league scoring as a D-man??????

  • Geoffrey Chiles

    Wait…MSU fans follow hockey?

  • krios

    I also wanted to say thanks for listening. Whether we were all wrong or right, it was nice of you to listen and acknowledge our comments. 

  • Tech Fan

    Jack Connolly.  Leadership.  Integrity.  Makes plays and delivers the puck like no-one else.  

    • K

      all done in a weak league.  its easy to play division-2 quality opponents

      • Cdahlin05

        Hahahaha, weak league???? You fricken crack me up. That is the exact equivalent to calling the SEC weak in football. Get a clue pal.

      • WCHAFAN

        Gotta be the dumbest statement ever made on this site…  Ill take any WCHA team and plug them into any other conference around, and bet my lif savings they finifh in at least the top half of that conference.

  • broz

    Look at JCon’s entire career as well as this season. Looking at the big picture he wins. With his scoring and leadership he has taken a Bulldog team way beyond expectations this season. GO JACK!

  • keppelfinga

    jack connolly deserves this. leadership like said before, and he proved to everyone he can be a top player even when he lost both of his linemates.

  • 2011NAT_champsUMD

    Kent Patterson? WHO? who does he play for? Kenny Reiter from UMD has a better chance of winning it than Patterson does. I mean Reiter has 5 points this year….as a GOALIE. He has more points than 10 players on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMTC) squad…..But with that aside UMD’s Jack Connolly will win HANDS DOWN. Nobody else in the country even has a remotely close chance of winning. Wooo, Abbott puts up 4 points against North Dakota in a weekend. While Jack on the other hand puts up 6 in a weekend against North Dakota…Oh yea and (5) in Saturdays game. All the East Cost people can shut up. Not a chance…. Jack Connolly will be UMD’s nation leading fifth Hobey Baker Award Winner come season end.

    • Tom

       I didn’t know Abbott vs JC came down to a ND Series lol, checkout Abbotts series last year vs them.  5 points is a solid game even thou ND spent most the game in the box, thats a huge help….

      For this season Abbott has a better story, bringing a team who won only 3 games out of the first 11, back to make the tournament(first time since 07), something that was never done with Nyquist.  Also to be leading the nation on a team that wasn;t ranked number 1 all year is a big thing as well.

  • K

    who is this idiot Olshansky??  a native of Minnesota?  when it comes to puck, all leagues are ignored except WCHA and Hockey East.  we’ll see who comes out on top …
    and people… READ the definitions pertaining to Hobey. its not all about scoring in an easy conference

  • Ryan Lund

    Bjustad is the best canidate just look at the teams success if Bjustad scores the gophers usually win. So if Bjustad doesnt come to play so do the gophers! Look out fo the Gophers in the NCAA we will be in the frozen four and make it to the title game

  • RyanMaine

    Abbott should take it!!! Best player this year!!