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I, for the most part, righted the ship last week, going 11-3 (.785). I’m calling Wisconsin’s shootout win a win, so there it is. One thing I think that we can take away from last weekend is that Minnesota is one of the hottest teams in the country right now. For a while, the Gophers were splitting series, but they are a on a roll, and swept a dangerous Ohio State squad last weekend. The series this weekend with No. 1 Wisconsin should be amazing. Overall, I am now 104-39-15 (.719). Let’s try and keep it up this weekend.

Friday-Saturday, January 28-29

Merychurst at Niagara: At this point, the Lakers are not going to be stopped by anyone save one of the top programs in the country. Niagara, despite an upset overtime win earlier in the year over the Lakers, isn’t in that category. Mercyhurst 5-1, 5-2

Connecticut/Boston University: A home-and-home with the Huskies gives the Terriers a chance to stay hot ahead of the Beanpot on February 8. Look for a Terriers sweep. Boston University 4-2, 4-3

Ohio State at St. Cloud: I could see the hapless Huskies pushing a reeling Buckeyes squad, but after last weekend’s losses to Minnesota, St. Cloud is just the recipe Ohio State needs. Ohio State 4-1, 2-1

Minnesota State at North Dakota: The Mavericks have the potential to be dangerous, but they haven’t really pushed a top squad since early in the first half of the season, and the Sioux seem to have gotten over their win one, lose one pattern. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth: The Bulldogs are in the middle of a rough patch, and after getting swept by Wisconsin are itching for two in a row, but I think the Beavers will win one of these games. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, Bemidji State 3-2

Minnesota at Wisconsin: These two games are where all eyes will turn this weekend. A red-hot Gophers squad against the top team in the country. Honestly, I think this will probably be a split, but I’m going against my better instincts and calling for a sweep by the home team. Wisconsin 3-2, 2-1

Friday, January 28

Union at Cornell: Another ECAC pigeon served up on a platter for the mighty Big Red to feast on. Cornell is just too strong this year. Cornell 5-1

Clarkson at Quinnipiac: QU has been the solid second place team in the ECAC last week, but they did just lose to Wayne State last Friday. I think the Bobcats win a close one here. Quinnipiac 3-2

Providence at Boston College: The Friars righted ship last week by upsetting the Eagles, 3-1. I expect BC to come back strong, especially with the Beanpot looming. Boston College 2-1

Saturday, January 29

Rensselaer at Cornell: The Big Red continue to roll over the rest of the ECAC. Cornell 5-1

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac: This is one of the most interesting games on the weekend. St. Lawrence is dangerous, and has some wins over top schools. This is the type of game the Bobcats have to win to cement their status, but I think the Saints pull the upset. St. Lawrence 3-2

Sunday, January 30

Northeastern at Boston College: The Huskies certainly have the talent to throw a scare into the Eagles. I think BC will have just enough to get a win and set themselves up well for the Beanpot. Boston College 3-2

Providence at Vermont: Can the Friars establish any consistency? That is the big question in Hockey East right now. Look for a close game, with Providence on top. Providence 3-2

  • FireTimWhitehead

    Yale could lose out and still snag a No 1 NCAA seed. Really? That is ridiculous.

    • Bulldogs07

      I don’t think it could lose out, but in reality it’s not far off. Go to Siouxsports’ pairwise tracker, and you’ll see Yale is only vulnerable to losing about 5 comparisons at this point, and that solely because losing the RPI category would mean a tiebreaker going against them. Having a 10-3 record against TUC is a very strong helper, especially with only two TUC games left (Dartmouth and Princeton).

    • Yeah that is a silly statement based on their SOS it wouldn’t happen.

  • Css228

    How is Iles not the goalie of the week? His numbers don’t tell the whole story, given that at least four of those saves at Harvard were sliding across the net pad saves.

    • Huterlab

      you weren’t at the fieldhouse either, when York shuts out Brown on Friday and then beats the Number 1 team in the country on Saturday. He alone kept them in that game for 30 minutes while Rpi took penalty after penalty and lost their best defensemen. if not for him they would have been down a handful by the middle of the second.

      • Css228

        At least then Iles should have gone for Rookie of the Week. No offense to Ammon, but the Red would have had a sweep if it werent due to Brisson’s shoulder and Iles was the number one reason for that

  • HellzCowbells

    Princeton as number 10?! I like the optimism, but that’s too much.

    • Bison54

      You been to Baker Rink to watch the Tigers? C’mon down.

      • Css228

        I have, they lost to Cornell and weren’t particularly impressive in the process either. Definitely not the #10 team in the country

  • Union ’97

    With 8 left, can you give us a prediction on who wins the conference?

    • ECACWriter

      Hard to argue against Yale, this weekend notwithstanding. They’re the team to beat, until they’ve been thoroughly beaten.

      • come play some upper level WCHA teams on consecutive weekends then we will talk… Come play at the Ralph for weekend.

        • ECACWriter

          What does anything we just said have to do with the WCHA? The only part of this entry that addressed anyone outside of ECAC Hockey was the ballot, and your comment clearly doesn’t pertain to that. Please try to keep your contributions somewhat relevant, if you care to engage others in something resembling a reasonable discussion.

          • Please! This comment is absolutely silly…
            “I think so. Yale has more margin for error than it — or we — may believe. The Bulldogs are still atop the PairWise, and could likely lose out the rest of the way and still pull a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s.”

            Second your post is nothing but chest pounding arrogance. Like I said if you team actually played in a league that was tough top to bottom we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

          • Css228

            @ Goon maybe ECAC teams would be more willing to come to the Ralph if they were more willing to reciprocate a series the next year on the road. You can’t complain about teams not scheduling you when you go out of your way to ensure they won’t schedule you.

          • That is an incorrect statement as well, UND has played @ Harvard and they had played at REA before. Also, Harvard is coming to the REA next season, UND also traveled to SLU and had a home and home with Cornell the last two season. Harvard also coming to UND next season. UND played QU two or three season back at REA. I am sure if the Yale coach asked Coach Hakstol they would be happy to have them come to UND as well as travel out to Yales home rink.

          • ECACWriter

            Not going to argue with you on that point: UND has been good at reciprocating. One of the ECAC’s biggest problems is that half its teams – the Ivies – play restricted schedules, with only seven non-conference games on the docket. Add in universal challenges to arranging a reasonable schedule, and you get the current arrangement.

          • Css228

            Fair enough, I am a recent newcomer to the sport, as I am now a freshman in the Lynah Faithful, but I know many WCHA teams aren’t great at reciprocating series. UND however has my respect as a program no doubt.

          • I like the fact that UND likes to travel to out east almost every season. A lot of programs won’t… And you’re right.

          • Css228

            That said Yale plays great hockey, you have to see them in person to really see them play, and yes I wish they’d play fewer AHA teams out of conference, but they are a solid team, and I say that having seen them in person. I’m convinced they can play with anyone in the country, I guess we just have to wait until March to see it.

  • eddyB

    ECAC??? really??? lets see how many of them are alive after the 1st round of the national tourney