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Dave “pulled the goalie” last week in a desperate attempt to close ground, but as usually happens when that tactic is employed, he just widened the gap.  With just these three games left, Jim has clinched the picks title. 

A tip of the fedora to Jimmy (and a well-timed one on St. Patrick’s Day)!

Dave last week: 5-4
Jim last week: 7-2
Dave’s record-to-date: 105-40-30 (.686)
Jim’s record-to-date: 118-35-28 (.729)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, March 18

No. 1 Boston College vs. No. 6 Northeastern
Dave’s pick: I know the Huskies have given the Eagles all they can handle in recent games, but I’m still going with BC all the way to another Hockey East and national championship. 
BC 5 NU 4 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I love the way that NU is playing but I really love the way BC is playing. Don’t think it will be as close as Dave does.
BC 5, NU 2

No. 2 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Merrimack
Dave’s pick: The safe pick would be to go with UNH.  After all, the Wildcats and BC were neck-and-neck all season long for the regular season title.  But when it comes to the Warriors, I believe! 
MC 4 UNH 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This one will not end in regulation. But I firmly believe that UNH is on track for a big March this season.
UNH 3, MC 2

Saturday, March 19

Boston College/Northeastern vs. New Hampshire/Merrimack
Dave’s pick: I’m picking BC over any opponent.  If, however, Northeastern upsets the Eagles in the semifinals, that opens the gates wide open. Any three of the other teams would have a great shot.  I’d go with whichever team from the UNH/MC bracket advanced, but not by much. 
BC 3 UNH/MC 1 or UNH/MC 4 NU 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I actually think that this is UNH’s weekend. They will finally dispell some March demons. Whether that will last until April is yet to be seen. I can’t use all the slashes like Dave.
UNH 4, BC 3; UNH 4, NU 2; if MC vs. BC: BC 5, MC 3; if MC/NU: MC 4, NU 2