Hockey East Picks: Nov. 8-13, 2018

Posted by: Mike McMahon

Last Week: 9-0-1
This Season: 18-8-3

Thursday

Boston College 3, Vermont 1 
BC seemed to figure something out on Saturday against Merrimack. Granted, the game was a little more even than the 4-1 score would suggest, but I think the Eagles finally have some confidence cooking and playing at home will be a big help here.

UMass 5, Providence 3
The Minutemen are for real. This is the most exciting matchup of the weekend. Right now, Providence and UMass look like the best two teams in Hockey East. UMass is pumping this game as their biggest home game in a decade, and it might be. I’m expecting a charged-up UMass team to come out flying and pick up a memorable win.

Friday

Boston College 5, Vermont 2
The Eagles will pick up their first sweep of the season, and they’ll get their offense going against the Catamounts, who have defended pretty well (as far as goals against) but have allowed some big shot totals this season.

Boston University 3, UConn 2
This is one of the tougher games to pick this weekend. BU looked good on Saturday night to get its first win, but they looked bad in some early-season games. UConn, meanwhile, has been slow but steady. I think BU edges out a close one.

UMass Lowell 2, New Hampshire 1
UNH is struggling to score goals but have defended well. UMass Lowell has more firepower, but they’ve been in the same position. The River Hawks come out victorious in a low-scoring game.

Merrimack 2, Bemidji State 1
Craig Pantano has rebounded well after getting pulled, including posting a shutout over BU one game after getting yanked against Army. Pantano was pulled against BC on Saturday as Merrimack faces a Bemidji team that is 4-1 despite scoring just 1.67 goals per game. Pantano powers the Warriors to a win on the road.

Saturday

Northeastern 3, UMass Lowell 1
So far, Northeastern has been able to find pieces for its lost firepower up front. Oh, and Cayden Primeau continues to shine.

Providence 3, UMass 2
The Friars come back and get some redemption for the Thursday game at home. Both of these games are going to be close, though.

New Hampshire 3, Boston University 2
I’m not sure what to make of this game. We could see UNH break out of a funk on home ice, or we could see BU’s skill players take advantage of more time and space on the larger ice. Both teams are also likely to be in for a grind the night before. 

Bemidji State 2, Merrimack 1
Bemidji gets the split with the Warriors with some stellar goaltending, which the Beavers have received all season.

Tuesday

UConn 4, Brown 1
I watched Brown-Vermont a few weeks ago, and it was a tight game despite Brown not being all that stellar. The Bears have made some inroads with recruiting in recent months, but they’re going to struggle against a more-talented UConn squad.

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