This Week in College Hockey – Weekend Picks

Analysts Dan Shulman and Chris Picher go head-to-head in the first weekend of the conference playoffs picking winners for all four conferences.

*  – Defending Champions in Italics.

Northern Michigan goaltender Atte Tolvanen tied an NCAA Men’s Record with 5 straight shutouts, including a 48-save performance in his record-tying game against Alaska-Fairbanks.


#1 Bemidji State vs. #8 Northern Michigan
DAN – Bemidji State; CHRIS – Northern Michigan

#2 Michigan Tech vs. #7 Lake Superior State
DAN – Michigan Tech; CHRIS – Michigan Tech

#3 Minnesota State vs. #6 Alaska-Fairbanks
DAN – Minnesota State; CHRIS – Minnesota State

#4 Bowling Green vs. #5 Ferris State
DAN – Ferris State; CHRIS – Bowling Green

Sacred Heart spoiled the regular season finale for Air Force with a last-minute equalizer and an overtime game-winner to lock the Falcons into second place.


#rit-logo6 RIT vs. #11 Niagara

#7 Mercyhurst vs. #10 AIC

#8 Bentley vs. #9 Sacred Heart
DAN – Sacred Heart; CHRIS – Bentley


Hickey Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac won the ECAC Championship for the first time in 2016.

#5 Quinnipiac vs. #12 Brown
DAN – Quinnipiac; CHRIS – Quinnipiac

clarkson#6 Clarkson vs. #11 RPI
DAN – Clarkson; CHRIS – Clarkson

princeton-logo#7 Princeton vs. #10 Colgate
DAN – Princeton; CHRIS – Princeton

#8 Yale vs. #9 Dartmouth
DAN – Yale; CHRIS – Yale


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Massachusetts did not pick up a regular season win in 2017.

#5 Providence vs. #12 Massachusetts
DAN – Providence; CHRIS – Providence

#6 Vermont vs. #11 Maine
DAN – Vermont; CHRIS – Vermont

#7 Merrimack vs. #10 New Hampshire
DAN – Merrimack; CHRIS – Merrimack

#8 Northeastern vs. #9 Connecticut
DAN – Connecticut; CHRIS – Northeastern


UConn at Northeastern
UNH at Merrimack

Colgate at Princeton

Sacred Heart at Bentley
AIC at Mercyhurst

Northern Michigan at Bemidji State
Ferris State at Bowling Green

Author: Dan Shulman

A New Englander at heart, Dan is a sports contributor for covering the New England Patriots primarily among other sports. He has written for the Boston Globe since 2014 with a focus on local sports, and has contributed to SB Nation, FanSided, Inside Hockey, New England Soccer Journal, and WEEI. Follow him on Twitter @DanielRShulman.

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