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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Elite 8 Predictions Week 11 (2/25-3/5)

I am going to stick to the 8 games per week. If you would like a "Twitter Pick" tweet @cthshockey and I'll send you a pick there!

RECORD: 47-22-5   LAST WEEK: 3-3-1

Elite Predictions: Mark these on the calendar

2/25 Eastern CT Eagles @ WMR 4:40 @ Newington Ice Arena
It's been a rough year for the WMR co-op, Wethersfield's first year as a co-op. They are 0-15 and their post season hopes look dim, while not impossible. Tonight they face the Eastern CT Eagles. The Eagles haven't scored a goal in three games coming in and seem to be the type of opponent that WMR needs to break through. I think they do. While it's hard to have impressive point totals on a winless team, seniors Anthony Portonova, Nick Hock, Tyler Garcia and Ryan Wolfer have done what they can this year up against tough odds. It would be nice to see these guys go out with at least a win, tonight's their best shot. WMR 4, ECE 3

2/25 Xavier @ ND Fairfield 6:00 @ Milford Ice Pavilion
NDF's Mark Russo in a recent game vs. Greenwich
I'll be at this one. It's a monster tilt. Both teams have been electric of late. NDF has won 6 of 7 while Xavier hasn't lost in 9 (6-0-3). Both teams play a fast, hard hitting style and get scoring contributions from up and down the roster. While goaltending earlier this year was a large question mark with both of these teams Ben Guidobono and Billy Scovill have erased any of those worries with their play of late. I hate picking against Xavier when they've done just about everything right recently. I think I'll just go with the home team in this one as a cop out. Should be a fantastic game. NDF 3, Xavier 2

2/25 Branford @ Glastonbury 7:30 @ Trinity College
Branford is in the midst of an uncharacteristic two game losing streak. Glastonbury comes into play off a loss to Xavier in OT but many of their wins recently have come in OT or were close affairs. This one sets up to be pretty close. Glastonbury is certainly the deeper team, running three solid D1 lines. Branford has top line power but falls off offensively after that. However, the Hornets D-core has been a staple all year and this game features two of the state's best goalies regardless of division in AJ Brink and Kyle Thibodeaux. I think the Tomahawks' depth could be the difference in this one, but wouldn't be surprised in the least bit if Brink's boys found a way to win. Glastonbury 2, Branford 1

2/25 Housatonic-NW-Wam @ Masuk 7:45 @ The Rinks
Housy battles with everyone and this will be no different tonight at the Rinks. The big difference tonight is that Masuk, right now, is the toast of D3. Housy is in the midst of a tough D3 stretch, coming off a tie against Tri-Town, Masuk tonight, followed by NFI and Shepaug. This stretch will tell us a lot about Housy. Masuk is 5-0-1 since losing in OT to Branford. I think this one will be close, or else I wouldn't have selected it as an E8P but Masuk should win. Masuk 5, Housy 3

2/28 Fairfield Prep @ Hamden 2:30 @ Lou Astorino Rink
Senior day at the Lou and a likely opponent in Fairfield Prep. The Jesuits have ruined the last three senior days for Hamden and look to do the same again this Saturday. The Dragons are hurting, after a 7-1-1 start they've lost 8 of 9. Luckily, the Dragons have a chance to break this string of ineptitude Wednesday against NDWH on their senior night. Prep has been hard to read of late, getting shut out by Wade Conlan and NDWH last time out. But prior to that they ran off back to back 3-1 wins over Catholic Memorial (MA) and Ridgefield. I think Prep is the more tournament ready team right now but I don't have a ton of confidence in either squad right now. The good thing about rivalry games, though, is that can all change with one win. Prep 4, Hamden 2

2/28 EO Smith-Tolland @ Newington-Berlin 7:20 @ Newington Ice Arena
I'll be checking out this evenly matched D3/D2 tilt Saturday night. The Bucks were able to beat New-Ber 3-2 in OT back on 1/14. The Indians are 8-1 since that loss with their only loss coming to D2 #1 Conard. The Bucks are also 8-1 since that night with their lone loss coming against D2 up and comer Fermi-Enfield. I think both teams' schedules have been light this year and EO will have their hands full with Tri-Town tonight. I think New-Ber won't allow themselves to lose to the Bucks twice in one year and I think they're slightly deeper than the D3 powerhouse. New-Ber 4, Bucks 3

2/28 North Branford @ North Haven 7:30 @ Northford Ice Pavilion
This will be a great D2 NIP roommate clash. North Haven is 6-1-1 over their last 8 which includes a 2-1 win over North Branford. The T-Birds haven't been the electric power they were earlier this year and losing to East Haven last time out shouldn't sit well with the boys in the locker room. Like New-Ber and the Bucks, I find it hard to believe that North Haven will sweep the season series between these two evenly matched squads. I hesitantly pick North Branford to even the score. NB 3, NH 1

3/4 Suffield-Granby-WL @ Conard 7:30 @ Veteran's Ice Rink
D2 Game of the Week won't happen till next week. As of now Conard is my D2 #1 and SGWL is my D2 #2. Conard won the first meeting 2-1 back on 1/21. Conard has won 8 of 9 including 4 against D1 opponents. The Wildcats started off quite mediocre, sitting at 5-4 through nine games. Since then, they've run off 7 straight wins beating Branford, Simsbury and Cheshire in the process. This one is as hard as any to predict. SGWL will be coming in after games against East Catholic and Tri-Town while Conard will have played NWC, Hall and SW. Neither team will be rested. I'm flipping a coin (not really). Conard 4, SGWL 3

The Conard Chieftains have celebrated many a win this season.

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