I’d have bet the ranch that I was picking up a game on Jim when he took Massachusetts over Providence.

And I’d have lost the ranch.

But I got that one back with Boston University’s overtime win in the Beanpot, so I remain six games up.

Dave last week: 7-3-3
Jim last week: 7-3-3
Dave’s record-to-date: 149-73-24
Jim’s record-to-date: 143-79-24

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Feb. 27

Maine at Providence
Dave’s pick:  The Friars should sweep with this series being entirely in their own barn, but their inability to take four points in hardly any weekend does concern me.
PC 4, Maine 3
Jim’s pick: I have concerns too, but I’m not betting against Providence at this point.
PC 4, Maine 2

Massachusetts at Connecticut
Dave’s pick: You’d think that home ice would dictate a UConn win, but the Huskies have struggled mightily the last few weeks while UMass has played well.
UMass 2, UConn 1
Jim’s pick: I fell like UConn has to right the ship at some point and the last home game of the season – a place that has been kind – is the only place to start.
UConn 2, UMass 1

Vermont at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: I’m feeling better about Lowell’s chances after the big win over UMass and, even more significantly, the tie at BC.
UML 3, UVM 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This will be one of the ultimate grinder series with both teams fighting to earn a bye and home ice in the quarterfinals.
UML 3, UVM 2.

Northeastern at Boston University
Dave’s pick: I can’t believe that the Terriers will fritter away another opportunity to clinch sole ownership of the regular season title.
BU 4, NU 3
Jim’s pick: These teams played an emotion-filled game on Monday. But part of me believes that loss might start a tailspin for these Huskies.
BU 4, NU 2

Merrimack at New Hampshire 
Dave’s pick: As noted in this week’s column, I see UNH sweeping this weekend to gain the last home ice berth.
UNH 4, MC 2
Jim’s pick: I like UNH at home. But as you will see later, no sweep pick for me.
UNH 2, MC 1

Boston College at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: Notre Dame’s impressive performance last weekend at BU has me concerned, but I’m going with the Eagles.
BC 3, UND 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: At least on night one, I think the Eagles will prevail.
BC 3, UND 1

Saturday, Feb. 28

Merrimack at New Hampshire 
Dave’s pick: The Warriors, whose overall record got them nationally ranked, slide into the cellar.
UNH 3, MC 1
Jim’s pick: I feel like senior night will provide the spark to get this team going.
MC 2, UNH 1 

Boston University at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies salvage a split in the series, though after their loss on Monday in overtime it’ll hardly feel that way. It could even be a blowout, if BU ignores the Pairwise implications and just sits on their first-place laurels.
NU 4, BU 1
Jim’s pick: I think that BU takes this sweep and glides into the playoffs red hot.
BU 3, NU 2

Maine at Providence
Dave’s pick: Although I suspect one of the two games in this series ends in a tie, I’m certainly not going to start picking ties now.
PC 3, Maine 2
Jim’s pick: As much as I want to agree with Dave that this series will probably yield points to Maine, I think I am compelled to pick Providence at home.
PC 3, Maine 2

Vermont at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: A split in this series feels like by far the most logical outcome, but I’m not going to open myself up to Jim gaining two games on me if I pick the split the wrong way. Besides, I think the River Hawks’ shaky confidence got a huge boost in the last two games.
UML 2, UVM 1
Jim’s pick: As much as Dave talks about confidence, I think more about Lowell being a team that is generally built for the postseason and that postseason begins this weekend locking up a bye.
UML 4, UVM 2

Boston College at Notre Dame 
Dave’s pick: Here’s another probable split in which I’m going to use Tigran Petrosian chess tactics to stymie Jim. I also think the Eagles are the better team even if they’ve had a tough time with Notre Dame and it’s in South Bend.
BC 4, UND 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I will go against Dave here. Notre Dame is playing too well to tank the final weekend, even to BC. They salvage the split.
UND 3, BC 2


    I’m not one for downplaying the efforts of good players, but this post exists in a bubble. Sure, Yale hasn’t played as many games as most other teams, but the top 10 scoring leaders generally play in strong conferences against reputable teams. With the competition Yale plays, they should have no trouble putting up a 7 spot nightly if everyone out east says they’re as good as they really are. While Atkinson and Camper have proven themselves year after year, these Yale boys are just a flash in the pan – Yale needs to start playing games against real teams at least two-to-three times a year.

    As for the Brown players – forget about it. They may be on an ECAC Hobey list, but no one has heard of them.

    Enough bashing – that’s not my scene. I don’t understand why the ECAC doesn’t schedule games against teams outside of it’s conference. That would put an end to all this mindless arguing about which conference is better, which teams are over/underrated, etc. I read somewhere that ECAC teams are something like 3-4-1 against the WCHA this year. That’s great, but it was also against the bottom-tier teams. Lengthen Yale’s schedule to conform with the rest of the country, throw in a trip to UND, Wisconsin, UMD, Denver (big, fast, physical hockey) etc. every now and then, and if Yale is running the show I will respect them.

    • FightingSioux4ever

      Well said. And what if you put a Duluth or Denver or UND in the ECAC? They would pile up the points. No one wants to take that angle. Anyway, it will all sort itself out come late Febuary, and if you’re like me, I would love to see a UND-Yale re-match. Hopefully the Sioux won’t have to travel 1500 miles for their regional.

      • Mjohnson713

        i agree with the prior two posts, its hard for me to feel that the numbers of some of the ecac players would be what they are if they played a schedule that included wcha, ccha, and hockey east teams and not the bottom feeders from each league but teams like north dakota, notre dame, boston college, wisconsin, miami and other teams like them. then the ecac players numbers would have merit in my book. i think the author of this blog is a little off when he stated that atkinson of b.c. is leading the nation in goals with 16. the last i checked the stats matt frattin from und had 17 to lead the nation.(he had 16 when article was posted) paul zannette (niagra) has 16 and atkinson(b.c.) has 14. as of sundays games. go sioux!