Jim and I finally put together an excellent week. Let’s see if we can make it two in a row.

Dave last week: 10-1-0
Jim last week: 10-1-0
Dave’s record-to-date: 94-58-13
Jim’s record-to-date: 91-61-13

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, February 10

Maine at Providence
Dave’s pick: Two teams going in different directions. The Black Bears extend their winning streak to seven while administering  a fourth straight loss to the Friars.
Maine 4, PC 2
Jim’s pick: Have to agree. Things just aren’t going well for the Friars and that continues.
Maine 4, PC 3

Northeastern at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: The Huskies’ performance at the Garden is stuck in my brain like a Bee Gees song from the eighties.
UNH 4, NU2
Jim’s pick: Things have to dramatically change from Monday for NU. While I believe it will, I still think UNH wins.
UNH 3, NU 2

Massachusetts at Boston University
Dave’s pick: On paper, this shouldn’t even be close. The Minutemen will score first, then it will be all over.
BU 4, UMass 1
Jim’s pick: UMass, road, loss. That sums it up
BU 3, UMass 2

Merrimack at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: Merrimack has actually been better on the road this year than at home, but I’m still going with home ice as the deciding factor. The River Hawks go to 10-1 at the Tsongas.
UML 4, MC 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This is the one Merrimack Valley has been waiting for. I agree with Dave: this game will give fans what they hope.
UML 4, MC 3

Boston College at Vermont
Dave’s pick: Do the Eagles fall for the ultimate pre-Beanpot championship trap game?  I think not.
BC 5, UVM 2
Jim’s pick: Not sure this game is even as close as Dave has it.
BC 6, UVM 2

Saturday, February 11

Providence at Massachusetts 
Dave’s pick: I’m basing this strictly on home ice.  The struggling Minutemen remain winless on the road but are 8-2-3 at home; the struggling Friars are 2-6-0 away from Schneider Arena.
UMass 3, PC 2
Jim’s pick: As good as UMass has been at home, I think Providence can and will win.
PC 4, UMass 2

New Hampshire at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: The upset special really tempts me, but I’ll stick with Merrimack.
MC 3, UNH 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This is the toughest game to pick this weekend. I should go against Dave just to try to gain a game, but I will go with my gut.
MC 2, UNH 1

Maine at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: Maine used to have Lowell’s number, but I’m sticking with the River Hawks and home ice. Barely.
UML 4, Maine 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: Okay, so maybe THIS is the toughest game to pick. I really think Maine is out for blood and a difficult two-game weekend is a bit much for Lowell.
Maine 4, UML 2

Monday, February 13

Harvard vs Northeastern (Beanpot conso)
Dave’s pick: When the puck drops at 4:32, will the sound be audible high up in the press box? I wouldn’t bet against it.
NU 4, HU 3 (Real answer: who cares?)
Jim’s pick: If Harvard plays like it did last week, it wins.
HU 4, NU 2

Boston University vs Boston College
Dave’s pick: This game by itself should have more intensity and fan appeal than all the other three Beanpot contests put together.
BU 4, BC 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: Is BC ready for a Beanpot three-peat? I think so.
BC 5, BU 3

  • Guest

    Are you sure the Ivy Shootout games count for the Ivy championship?  I thought it was only the ECAC games.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto. I’m pretty sure the Ivy shootout does NOT count towards Ivies’ championship.

      • Joshua Boyd

        You’re both right – I misunderstood something I read in the game notes. Apologies for the confusion. Again, I’m a rookie here…

    • Anonymous

      Highly unlikely that the Shootout games count in the Ivy standings.  Each of the four Shootout teams has the full complement of 10 games against Ivy opponents that also count in the ECAC standings.  If the Shootout games were to count in the Ivies, you’d either have some teams playing more Ivy games than others, or some of the later ECAC meetings between two Ivies would have to be held out of the Ivy standings.  Both of those sound too messy

  • Anonymous

    Oops, never mind, I took too long to finish the post.

  • Guest

    It’s Houston Field House, not Houston Arena…

    • Joshua Boyd

      It takes a community to raise a child, and you’re all raising me. Thank you. 

  • Jodiejeezie2020

    Rensselaer not only beat CC, but shut them out..?? I have read this blog once (just now) and am done forever!!

  • Css228

    Might as well give it a shot
    Friday GamesYale 5 – Princeton 3Dartmouth 3 – Brown 0
    CC 4 – RPI 1
    Niagara 2- Colgate 1
    Clarkson 2 – Bentley 0
    Union 3 – UNH 1
    Saturday Games
    Brown 3 – Princeton 2
    Yale 4 – Dartmouth 3
    Cornell 5 – Mercyhurst 0
    Colgate 4 – Niagara 2
    CC 5 – RPI 2
    Clarkson 5 – Bentley 4
    Union 3 – AIC 0

  • UMOFan

    Fill the steins to dear old Maine, shout ’till the rafters ri-ing.  Stand and drink a toast once again, let every loyal Maine man sing.  Drink to all the happy hours, drink to the careless da-ays, drink to Maine our alma mater, the college of our hearts always.

  • Anonymous

    Why do they still play the Beanpot?  Wouldn’t BU and BC rather play some different competition for their NC games?  I understand it is tradition, but is there any other tournament like this where the same two teams are in the finals every year? And you hit the nail on the head with the 3rd place game, really who cares?  For the NU and Harvard fans that hold out hope for a title, maybe your teams can decide to play another tournament elsewhere and put this thing to bed.

  • Floresoscar

    Are there any Hockey East real writers on this website?? I feel like they just write the same over and over… I even wonder if they even attend games…?

    • Anonymous

      No they are not real writers and they attend very few games.  Good grief these guys are terrible…

      • Anonymous

        If the writers at USCHO don’t know anything and aren’t real writers, why is it that your tag name pops up on the comment board of articles so often? Seems to imply that you continue to read their “terrible” and misinformed writing on a regular basis.

  • peter puck

    BC will win the hockey east

  • Anonymous

    GOooooooooooooo Blue!!!! How to be Maine!

  • hahahalak

    PC clinches playoff berth with “no lead is safe” in the net – amazing!