Hockey Night in Chi Psi – Week 5

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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 Sean Aaron, Pi ’12. Check out this week’s games to watch and our picks below:

NotreDameBoston

Hockey East Playoff Quarterfinal (best of 3 series)
#11 Notre Dame at #2 Boston College

Zolot Justin Zolot: The Irish are coming off a dramatic 3-2 home victory over Boston University, while the #2 nationally ranked and Hockey East regular season champs Boston College have waited patiently upon Chestnut Hill to find out who their quarterfinal playoff opponent will be. Well folks, the stage is finally set, and the next chapter of “The Holy War” is about to be written. Look to Notre Dame’s Rust-Tynan-Herr line to make some noise, and the Eagles Hobey Baker candidate/Calgary Flames fourth round draft pick Johnny Gaudreau to dangle defensemen. This will be a closer contest than most anticipate. For Boston, For Boston, thy glory is our own. Eagles in 3.
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James James Holman: Notre Dame’s hockey team choking in the old CCHA conference tournament was taken for gospel during my four years at Miami. On the road and against a better opponent, I see no reason why that trend won’t continue this weekend. BC over the Fighting Irish in two games. 
 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: Even though Notre Dame beat Boston College in Overtime earlier this month, I still have a tough time betting against Boston College come playoff time. I think Boston College takes this one in 2 games. 

NortheasternUNH

Hockey East Playoff Quarterfinal (best of 3 series)
#14 Northeastern University at University of New Hampshire

 Zolot Justin ZolotAfter a two-year drought, #14 Northeastern has finally made the playoffs, earning the #5 seed and a first round bye. However, they have a tall task ahead of them as the Whittemore Center, known to New Hampshire folks as simply “The Whit”, is one of the most hostile environments in the Northeast. After every first goal opposing goalies give up, the student section will throw a giant dead fish onto the ice in the goalie’s direction so that he’ll “fish the puck” out of the net. It’s definitely a sight to see! Despite being unranked, I expect the Wildcats to defend home ice in controllable fashion. My sister, a current junior at UNH will be happy with this pick. Wildcats in 3.
 James James Holman: New Hampshire has come to play in big series this year, sweeping programs like Colorado College, Northeastern, Boston, and Nebraska-Omaha. I like that trend to continue at home against the #14 team in the country. New Hampshire in three games. 

 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: If this series wasn’t at UNH I think Northeastern would take it. On the bigger ice and with a strong finish to the regular season, I like UNH in 3 here. 

31 MAR 2013: Riley Barber (Miami - 11), Nic Dowd (St. Cloud - 26)  Miami University plays St. Cloud State University in the NCAA Midwest Regional finals at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH.  The winner of this game goes to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh

Hockey East Playoff Quarterfinal (best of 3 series)
Miami University at #4 St. Cloud State

 Zolot Justin Zolot: Miami has been a thorn in my side all month, and I can’t stand James Holman saying, “I told you so.” No way they go into St. Cloud and steal a playoff series from the #4 nationally ranked Huskies. St. Cloud takes care of business and silences the Redhawks in a series sweep. Boom, take that Rho Delta!
 James James HolmanThis is the third time Miami has been featured in Hockey Night in Chi Psi and each time they have been the underdog. I have yet to lose betting on my Alma Mater and even against the #4 team in the country I’m going to predict that the Redhawks advance to the semifinals in the first NCHC conference playoff. Redhawks take it in three. 



 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: St. Cloud comes into this series red hot, winning 7 of their past 9 games. The two schools have split the four game season series 2-2. That said, I like Miami with the big upset here in 3 as the catch St. Cloud looking ahead to next weekends match-up.

ClarksonCornell

ECAC Playoff Quarterfinal (best of 3 series)
Clarkson at #12 Cornell University

 Zolot Justin Zolot: The Golden Knights of the North Country take Ithaca by storm. Clarkson stuns Cornell in 3.




 James James HolmanClarkson has had one of their best seasons in the program’s history and has beat some hockey bluebloods along the way. That being said, Ithaca is still a frozen fortress even in March and Cornell should be able to take care of business at home. Cornell in two closely fought games. 

 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: I like Cornell in 2 here. I think they cruise through easily to Lake Placid. I always love to see any Clarkson team lose! (too many close lacrosse games with them) 
 

WisconsinMichiganSt

#5 Wisconsin at Michigan State

 Zolot Justin Zolot: On Wisconsin! Cheese and beer all around. The fifth-nationally ranked Badgers stomp the Spartans on the road, 4-1.
 James James HolmanMichigan State’s young team has gotten steadily better as the year has gone on and I’m really tempted to pick them in an upset special on Friday night. But Wisconsin has been too good this year to justify it. Badgers- 4 Spartans-2. 
 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: Wisconsin comes in with a 5 game win streak. I think they extend that streak to 6 with a win Friday night.  

BONUS PICK – UNION DUTCHMEN in two over Dartmouth! 

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