Site: Conte Forum
Head to Head Record: UMass 2, BC 1
|Chris Kreider leads the Eagles in both|
goals scored and total points.
(photo from the Bleacher Report)
Prediction: BC is on a roll right now, but the games will be close. UMass has a knack for playing the top team in the Nation tough. BC in two.
|Doug Carr has the |
lowest GAA in Hockey
Site: Tsongas Center
Head To Head Record: Lowell 2, Providence 1
I know Providence is the seven seed and are "supposed" to better than UMass, but I would much rather play PC. Just last weekend, Lowell ran circles around the Friars in a weekend series. Lowell out scored PC 9-3 in two games. Like last year when BU and Northeastern played on the last weekend of the regular season and then faced off in the quarterfinals, it is hard to beat a team four times in two weekends. With that being said, I sill think Lowell rolls to the Garden
Prediction: Lowell in two.
3. Boston University vs 6. New Hampshire
Site: Agganis Arena
Head To Head Record: BU 3, UNH 0
|Alex Chiasson leads the|
Terriers in total points with
38 (12g 26a)
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Prediction: BU in Three, UNH wins the second game.
4. Maine vs 5. Merrimack
Site: Alfond Arena
Head To Head Record: MC 2-0-1
This series, Like the BU-UNH one, has the potential to be very close. Maine has played .500 hockey since sweeping Alabama Huntsville at home in the first weekend of February. Merrimack has also been up and down since losing their first game in November. This series will be a battle of two very strong goalies. Merrimack's Joe Cannata was a preseason nominee for the Hoby Backer award and Maine's Dan Sullivan has a 19-8-3 record. Maine plays very well at home and Alfond is the most hostile rink in the League.
Prediction: Maine in three
Yes, I know I did not pick a single "upset", but I truly believe that all the top seeds will advance to the Garden next weekend.
Comparing my Preseason picks to the end of the year league standings
My Preseason prediction:
3. New Hampshire
2. Boston College
1. Boston University
Actual end of year standings:
6. New Hampshire
3. Boston University
1. Boston College
Ok, a little off with Lowell and Vermont I guess, but besides that, not bad.