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NCAA Coach of the Year Rand Pecknold of Quinnipiac can do without the broken record: “What’s the status of star forward Sam Anas?” Deja vu all over again for the Bobcats. In the end, healthy UMass Lowell has just a bit more offense to get over the hump, which makes the River Hawks Dave Dondoneau’s pick to win the East Region:
Last season Quinnipiac’s drive to the Frozen Four ended in the regional against North Dakota in part because Sam Anas missed the ECAC tournament title game and played injured in the NCAA Tournament.
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Anas missed the conference tourney again last week with an injury, and if he plays this weekend he won’t be at full speed. That’s a shame because the Bobcats earned the No. 1 overall seed by being the most consistent team in college hockey.
By that, we mean Rochester Institute of Technology probably will take the lead in Saturday’s opener, but Quinnipiac likely will rally and move on behind goalie Michael Garteig. But beating RIT without Anas will not be easy.
Last year RIT knocked off overall No. 1 seed Minnesota State in the region semifinals and gave Nebraska Omaha all it could handle in the region championship before falling. RIT has been here before and knows what to do.
The other semifinal pits the top two defensive teams in the nation against in each other in Yale vs. UMass Lowell or, as some NHL scouts may see it: Yale goalie Alex Lyon vs. UMass Lowell goalie Kevin Boyle.
Semifinals: Quinnipiac 5, RIT 2; UMass Lowell 2, Yale 1
Championship: UMass Lowell 4, Quinnipiac 2
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