D-III East Hockey Game Picks – November 24, 2022 – College Hockey

Cal Schell and the Oswego Lakers are hoping to continue their winning streak in the Skidmore Invitational, which begins Saturday against Wilkes (Photo by Oswego Athletics)

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving Holiday weekend always brings great tournament action and some intriguing off-conference matchups to please the D-III hockey fan in all of us. Hardware is at stake, so look for teams willing to risk everything for tournament glory and bragging rights. Last week my picks were solid again as I finished 10-2-0 (.833), bringing the season total to 28-13-3 (.670). It’s already been a highly entertaining first half of the season and this weekend should only build on the great hockey that’s been played so far. Here are some of the first round tournament picks along with some key non-conference games this weekend:

Friday 25 November 2022

Terry Moran Invitational Tournament

Franklin Pierce vs Castleton

The hosting Spartans are never hospitable, and certainly not in their own tournament. Franklin Pierce and Conor Foley have other ideas, but the home team finds a way in overtime to get into the title game – Castleton, 3-2

St. Anselm vs. Buffalo State

The Hawks will challenge the Bengals throughout and this should be a very enjoyable hockey game where special teams are vital. Emil Normann might just be a save better than Nick Howard with some bonus hockey needed to decide who advances – Buffalo State, 4-3

First Light Great Northern Shootout

(12) Aurora vs. Norwich (9)

The host team is getting a top-flight team from the west this year to open the tournament and the Kreitzberg gathering will see a great hockey game and go home happy with a cadet win, spurred on by Clark Kerner and Drennen Atherton in goal – Norwich 3-2

Plattsburgh vs. Middlebury

Middlebury played well last weekend but were lacking in opening losses to Colby and Bowdoin. You’ll face a hot Plattsburgh team that’s best not to look past their longtime rivals. Empty goal gives Cardinals a less comfortable win – plattsburgh, 5-3

Delta Hotels by Marriott Thanksgiving Showcase

Plymouth State v (4) Utica

The three-team round robin with Trine from the West begins with the Panthers and Pioneers battling. Utica have been bulletproof on the home ice and the trend continues with a quick start against a competitive and hungry PSU roster – Utica, 5-2

Saturday, 11/26/2022

Skidmore Invitation

Rivier vs. Skidmore

The Trap Game Alert is activated for the Thoroughbreds who will have a hard time with the Raiders. Milan Breczko is an offensive threat to anyone he plays against and the home side need Tate Brandon to be at their best to progress the Title game that everyone is expecting and wanting to see – Skidmore, 3-2

Wilkes v. (6) Oswego

While it’s been a rough start for Wilkes this season, the Lakers will be in contention and need a few late goals to win and advance to the title game against the host team. Cal Schell keeps the Lakers winning and progressing – Oswego, 4-2

Stovepipe Tournament

Tufts against Southern New Hampshire

The host team are still looking for their game at the start of the season and the Jumbos have just three games under their belt, with NESCAC starting last weekend and suffering a tough one-goal loss to Babson on Tuesday. This game goes into overtime with the upset alert displayed – tufts, 3-2

Massachusetts-Dartmouth vs. New England College

This game will be a racetrack competition, but goals will be valued. The Pilgrims find a way to get through this but aren’t ruling out bonus hockey to decide who progresses to the title game and a shot at a trophy – NEC, 3-2

non-conference

Amherst vs. Geneseo (8)

It’s been a very long time since the Knights lost back-to-back competitions and Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Elmira was a challenge, so the timing of the Mammoths to be next is far from ideal. The game is tight, both teams play fast and skilfully. Just a little more firepower on the home bench and it’s enough for the “W” – Genesis, 4-2

Stevenson v (11) University of New England

The home side are making it difficult for opponents to visit Biddeford and this game is no exception as Jared Christy, Jake Fuss & Company use some Man Advantage time to claim victory outside of the conference in a physical battle – UNE, 5-3

(7) Babson vs. Williams

These teams have played fairly regularly over the past few years and the games have always been both highly competitive and entertaining. The ups and downs of the ice don’t mean many goals as both teams play great team defense and have excellent goalkeeping. A goal is just enough in this case, but the beavers get insurance – Babson, 2-0

There’s a lot to like in this week’s schedule, and who doesn’t love scooping up tournament trophies? A great way to add momentum to the last few weekends of the first half – “Drop the Puck!”

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