Missing our Chi Psi College Pick’em now that football season is over? You’re in luck because we’re bringing it back for hockey season with our Hockey Night in Chi Psi series! Each week Justin Zolot and James Holman will be joined by a surprise guest to give their picks for the week’s top hockey face-offs.
This week’s surprise guest is former Eta Delta #1 Wil Smith ’15. Check out this week’s games to watch and our picks below:
Michigan State University at #8 University of Wisconsin
Justin Zolot:The Badgers enter Friday night’s contest ranked 8th in the nation with an overall record of 17-9-2 (Big Ten, 8-5-1). They unexpectedly split last weekend at Ohio State, and are looking to bounce back strong this weekend at home against Michigan State’s Spartans. Look for senior forwards Michael Mersch (26 pts, 16 G, 10 A) and Mark Zengerle (27 pts, 6 G, 21 A) to spark the Badgers’ offense and stomp Michigan State in front of a packed Kohl Center. Iota For The Win! Wisconsin 3 – Michigan State 1.
James Holman:The Kohl Center is one of the most unreal experiences in college athletics. Up until this most recent season, it has been an impenetrable fortress for the Wisconsin basketball team. Seriously, this from the mothership:“Oh and good luck winning at the Kohl Center. In a league in which most of the home venues are tough, Wisconsin’s stands out as almost impenetrable.” – ESPN.comWhat about cawwlege hawwkey you ask? Try again. Michigan State has a respectable program that has won three national championships (most recently in 2007). This isn’t football and without Tom Izzo or Mark Dantonio at the helm the Spartans aren’t going to be a match for the team that is 15-2-1 this year at home. Badgers take it 5-1.
Justin Zolot: The Redhawks of Miami University will host fourth nationally ranked St. Cloud State this weekend in Oxford, Ohio. St. Cloud State is coming off a decisive sweep of Minnesota-Duluth at home, while Miami is struggling to find a win these days. Miami has lost 8 of its last 10 games, and was pummeled by North Dakota 9-2 last Saturday night. Rho Delta is in for another long night – St. Cloud State 5 – Miami 1
James Holman:St. Cloud State was always one of my favorite teams that visited the Googin Center. Every series was a complete dogfight—absolutely brutal physical contests that were usually decided in the 3rd period. Unlike Notre Dame (viciously overrated) or Michigan (fierce rivals that usually came in at a similar or higher rank) the Huskies are usually the underdogs (pun unintended) against my Redskins Redhawks. Not so this year, coach’s name has built a strong program that has rolled through the newly minted hockey conference. The Redhawks are by far having one of their worst seasons in recent memory. They are 1-8-1 in 2014. With all that said the series has been an underrated rivalry over the past couple of years. I’m not picking with my head, but going with Love and Honor—Redhawks-3 Huskies-2
Wil Smith: On paper this looks like a little bit of a mismatch as the #4 team in the country comes to Oxford to take on a Redhawks team that’s dropped 4 straight. However, I have a feeling Holman and the Brothers at Rho Delta go home happy Friday night when the Redhawks stun St. Cloud 3-2, with Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber potting the late game-winner. (Brother Zolot, surely I was gonna find a way to work my Caps into this).
Brown University at Harvard University
Justin Zolot: Entering this Saturday night’s contest, both teams will be coming off major ECAC upsets against top ranked opponents. Brown managed to take down #4 Quinnipiac (CT) 4-2 at home, while Harvard managed to steal an overtime win at #18 Clarkson (NY) 1-0 (bumping them out of the Top 20 as a result). Look for the Crimson to continue their hot streak at home. Harvard 4 – Brown 2 …how you like them apples?
James Holman: If it wasn’t for Josh Taulbee’s (Rho Delta ’12) little brother playing football for Brown, I would not have been surprised if Brown had decided to forsake the throng at some point and quit collegiate athletics like charter Big Ten member the University of Chicago did decades ago. Harvard manages to do pretty well in all of the sports that don’t bring in tons of revenue or TV ratings (read: anything preppy, hockey, and wrestling). In what is probably our most balanced matchup this week, I’m going with Brown for the win. Emma Watsons-3. Matt Damons- 2
Wil Smith:When Brother Zolot comes to Eta Delta, I always ask him where Ryan Fitzpatrick played college football at least a couple times. Just because I want another excuse to hear him say it, I’m taking Ha-vaahd to beat the Bears in Cambridge 5-2.
Hamilton College at Williams College
Justin Zolot: Williams College was upset last weekend in Middlebury, VT and will look to overcome their hiccup against the Continentals of Hamilton College. I’m expecting a very lopsided contest, Williams 6 – Hamilton 2
James Holman: The Ephs let me down last week, but they are playing one of the worst NESCAC schools at home. Williams with an easy 6-1 win over the kids from the Hill.
Wil Smith:Williams is sitting in 3rd place in the NESCAC and is looking to gain ground on Trinity and Amherst, while Hamilton is just trying to stay out of the basement. Williams has more to play for and their colors are Purple and Gold, so you have to go with the Purple Cows in this one.
Amherst College at Middlebury College
Justin Zolot: Amherst College’s Ice Ephs currently stand in 2nd place in NESCAC standings with a conference record of 11-3-2. Expect them to continue their dominance on the road at Middlebury. Amherst 3 – Middlebury 1. After party at McMurphy’s!
James Holman: It’s Michael Britt’s birthday this week and I expect that the Lord Jeff’s bring it home for him. I fully expect the Chi brothers to sing the Chuck O’Boyle song to celebrate. Amherst wins 2-0.
Wil Smith:Amherst is undefeated in their last six games and they’re called the Amherst “Lord Jeff’s”, which is awesome. Amherst wins big in Vermont.