Friday, February 17, 2006

USCHO's McDonald's Weekend Picks!

Rensselaer at Princeton: Princeton has a record of 6-4-1 at home, and 3-10-0 on the road. There is quite a difference between the two, and it underscores the importance to Princeton of playing in Hobey Baker Rink. If the Tigers can't come away with a strong performance at home this weekend, they'll most likely be on the road in the first round of the playoffs.Prediction-Rensselaer 2, Princeton 2 (OT).
Rensselaer at Quinnipiac: Rensselaer has a lot to play for, as it is still conceivable — albeit distantly — for the Engineers to gain a first-round bye. More likely, though, a win here will solidify their claim to home ice in the first round.Prediction-Rensselaer 3, Quinnipiac 2 (OT).

Last weekend was an important weekend, especially with the ECAC Hockey League standings where they are," said Rensselaer head coach Dan Fridgen. "It squeezed the teams in the middle
"It was important to stay ahead of Clarkson, we're trying to catch-up to Union, and we put some distance between us and Yale," he continued. "This weekend is even more important than last weekend."

For Fridgen's team, the most important development from last weekend may not have been the four point home sweep or the win in the Big Red Freakout! For the team's possible postseason success, the return to the lineup of senior defenseman and captain Brad Farynuk may have been more important since the Engineers had been either skating only five defensemen per game or else utilizing talented forward Kevin Croxton as a blue-liner.

"I was very happy with the defense this weekend," Fridgen said. "The return of Brad took the load off of the other guys, and they did a very good job against Yale, who has some very talented forwards who can do good things with the puck."

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