D-III East Hockey Game Picks – November 3, 2022 – College Hockey

Geneseo sophomore sensation Peter Morgan looks to bring in more points against a tough Skidmore team on Saturday (Photo by Geneseo Athletics)

The week two matchups bring plenty of conference intrigue with teams looking to get back on track after a tough opener streak. Last week I opened the season with a 6-4-2 (.583) record which is above average but not stellar by any measure. This week sees crucial early-season games in conference play that can not only gauge where your team is at, but potentially generate plenty of momentum for the rest of the first half with successful results. Here are this week’s picks:

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Plymouth State vs. Fitchburg State

The Falcons got off to a strong start last weekend as PSU recorded a loss and a tie. Fitchburg’s high-flying offense could pose a problem for the Panthers, especially in front of their home fans – Fitchburg State, 4-3

Anna Maria vs. Westfield State

The AmCats statistically topped some scoresheets last week and will be hoping the goal feast against Worcester State continues against the Owls. Much tighter play in this game, but visitors get timely goals to earn another ‘W’ – CMA, 3-1

Friday, November 4, 2022

Nicholas c. (15) Endicott

The Bisons enter the CCC game in style after winning the Woo Cup tournament last weekend. The start of conference play means a battle with perennial contender Endicott to determine where Alex Gacek’s team is a threat in the conference. The bison are better than advertised, but so are the gulls – Endicott, 3-2

(7) Babson v. (3) Hobart

Hobart was gone and running with wins over Oswego and Potsdam to open the season and the freshman goaltenders acquitted themselves well. The young Beavers also showed courage with an overtime win over Plymouth State. This one will be close, but the home team get a win with a late goal – Hobart, 3-2

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Skidmore v. (2) Geneseo

If you like goalkeeper matches, this game might be for you. Geneseo’s Matt Petzian against Skidmore’s Tate Brandon is as good as it gets in the blue paint. Petzian has a better supporting cast as the Knights squeal one in front of a boisterous local crowd – Geneseo, 3-2

Chatham v. King’s

The Monarchs knocked out Wilkes in overtime last week and aren’t likely to sneak up on the Cougars, but Jack Cooper and Ismael Ralsten are looking to show last week’s conference honors aren’t unique – King, 5-3

Plattsburgh vs. Cortland

The Red Dragons host a dangerous Plattsburgh side, with both looking to prove they’ll be in the title fray. Bragging rights come with points and Luca Durante makes sure Cortland gets both – Corland, 3-1

(5) Utica v. stevenson

The Pioneers played a big game without result on Friday against Adrian, then were eliminated on Saturday. 0-2 on the season doesn’t sit well with Coach Heenan’s side and what better place to redeem themselves than a visit against key title rival UCHCX. Many offensive weapons make it difficult for Ryan Kenny and the Mustangs – Utica, 4-2

Wentworth vs. Curry

The Colonels had one of the best home records in the conference last season and Coach Roundy will want to continue to make the Ice House a tough place for his opponents. Timmy Kent and company do – Curry, 4-1

Franklin Pierce c. Assumption

The Ravens got off to a great start with their Western Massachusetts Invitational Tournament win buoyed by Conor Foley’s offense and Kyle Martin’s goalie. Big Ne-10 battle between two teams who want to show that they are contenders. Visitors steal a road win – UPC, 3-1

Every game matters, and some of those early-season battles can have outcomes that will impact the playoffs next year. Maintaining momentum or establishing some of it are all on the teams’ plate this weekend. More Conference Games Begin This Weekend – “Drop the Puck!”

Catherine J. Martinez