Game Picks: Merrimack vs. Boston College

Game Picks: Merrimack vs. Boston College

By: WZBC Sports Staff

Fresh off their thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Boston University in the 64th annual Beanpot tournament, the Boston College Eagles (20-4-4, 11-1-4 HEA) resume regular Hockey East play. Tonight Jerry York’s squad welcomes in the Merrimack Warriors (8-14-6, 2-8-6). Our WZBC Sports broadcasters make their picks below for the Eagles’ second-to-last regular season home game of the 2015-16 season. Below each name is the broadcaster’s record in our new game picks series. 

Projected goaltending matchup: BC junior Thatcher Demko (19-4-3, 1.64 GAA, .940 save percentage) vs. Merrimack sophomore Collin Delia (7-11-6, 2.78 GAA, .895 save percentage).

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Broadcaster  Winner Score  Comments
Kevin Fritz

Senior, 1-0

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Scott Geyman

Junior, 1-0

header-pic   4-2 Riding the momentum after the OT victory in the Beanpot Championship, Boston College gets this win without trouble.
Casey Hague

Junior, 0-0

header-pic  4-1 BC hasn’t lost in 2016 and that is sure to continue. BC wins by at least three.
TJ Hartnett

Soph., 1-0

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Conor Hawley

Junior, 0-0

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Anthony Iati

Junior, 1-0 

header-pic 4-2 BC cannot afford a lapse in focus against bottom-dwelling Merrimack. Of the Eagles’ final five games, four come on the road, and the opponents (Vermont, UMass Lowell) will present challenges. The Eagles are too talented and well-coached not to realize the need to bury the Warriors early. BC has also gone 26-0-3 in their last 29 home games against Merrimack, dating back to 1997. The young forwards will pick up the scoring slack as BC doubles up Merrimack, even without Miles Wood
Andrew Kelley

Junior, 1-0

header-pic  4-0 Merrimack has been shut out 5 times this season and BC has shut out its opponent 9 times this season. Make that 10. 
Quinn Kelly

Soph., 1-0

header-pic   3-2 After the 61:57 effort the Eags put forth against BU on Monday night, the team engaged in some well deserved celebration.  The Beanpot championship game had true playoff feel to it, as any big game against the rival Terriers tends to.  Unfortunately though, it’s often tough, especially for young teams, to get up for lesser quality opponents coming off a huge win in an emotional game.  Look for the Eagles to have a little bit of big game hangover (wink wink) and come out sluggish against Merrimack.  Compound this with the loss of Miles Wood due to his 1-game suspension for his Beanpot hit and the line shaking that will result, and the Eagles will put forth some lackluster play. Even with a sloppy performance, Coach York doesn’t lose to a cellar-dweller.  BC wins 3-2.
Steve McAlee

Soph., 1-0

header-pic   3-2 It’s a close game late as the Eagles are still riding high spirits from their Beanpot win, but a 3rd period goal gives them the nod in this Hockey East matchup. 
Ryan Poor

Senior, 1-0

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I’m from North Andover, so I’ve always had a soft spot for Merrimack, the college of my hometown. However, Merrimack comes into this game 1-10-1 in their last 12 games, even though the win and tie have come over Arizona State and UConn in their last 2 games, respectively. Meanwhile, BC comes into this game hot off an epic Beanpot championship game, and riding a 4-game win streak. They also haven’t lost since the Florida College Classic against Providence in late December. I see BC’s dominance continuing in this game, largely thanks to their advantage in the net with Thatcher Demko and on the power play. I also expect BC to win the shot battle by a significant margin. In the end, the Eagles are the better team, and I expect it to show clearly in this game.

The Pick: Boston College (unanimous)