Friday, February 24, 2006

USCHO's McDonald's Picks!

Cornell at Rensselaer: Scott noted Cornell's predicament in his PairWise Analyzed column; two wins this weekend are important and would help Cornell in the PairWise Rankings, while two losses would not only damage the Big Red's RPI, it might also add Union and Rensselaer to the ranks of TUCs.
While Rensselaer forced a tie on Cornell earlier this season at Lynah, that game is deceiving. The Engineers were only in position to steal that point thanks to the brilliant play of Mathias Lange, as Cornell outshot Rensselaer 36 to 13. I expect a more competitive game as far as the stat sheet is concerned, but less equality in the final score.Prediction-Cornell 2, Rensselaer 0.
Colgate at Rensselaer: I outline above why this game is critical for Colgate, especially if it fails to collect two points against Union. For Rensselaer, this game can only determine who its faces in the first round. The Engineers are assured of home ice in the first round, but whether they face Brown or Yale or Princeton or Quinnipiac is uncertain. With all due respect to Brown, everyone is going to be gunning for that 5th place finish and the opportunity to host the Bears.Prediction-Colgate 4, Rensselaer 2.

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