Now that the first round of the BCT is over we can now move onto the quarterfinals of the tournament...In this round the teams get re-seeded so that the top ranked team plays the bottom ranked team...Here are the match ups and my predictions for the quarterfinals:
All games are tonight 1/13/12 at the Ice Vault in Wayne.
#3 St. Joe's (Montvale) (7-1-0) vs #8 Ridgewood (8-4-0) @ 6:00
St. Joe's comes into the BCT with their first loss of the season which came last week to Paramus. So maybe some of their fire has burnt out?..but we will see. On the other hand Ridgewood comes into their game with momentum. They won in the first round of BCT with 18 seconds left...I feel this will be the closest game of the quarterfinals.
John Covello Pick: Ridgewood
Player to Watch: James Peer (St. Joes, Captain-Defenseman #6)
Projected Score: StJ 2 to Rwood 3
#2 Tenafly (11-0-0) vs #10 Pascack Valley (8-2-0) @ 7:00
Tenafly remains one of the only teams in the State that is still undefeated! The Tigers are really trying to prove something season, and the BCT is the perfect way to get it going. Pascack Valley enters the game after winning a thrilling shootout win over Glen Rock last night, lets see if they can keep rolling....I felt like this was the toughest game to predict.
John Covello Pick: Tenafly
Player to Watch: (Scott and Eric Shalek, Tenafly)
Projected Score: Ten 5 to PV 4
#1 Don Bosco (13-1-0) vs #11 Mahwah (6-4-1) @ 8:00
After a hard fought battle with Paramus, Mahwah has been rewarded with playing the #1 ranked team in the BCT (Don Bosco)...Not quite sure Mahwah can pull it off, but they do have good goal tending which can lead to a possible upset...maybe.
John Covello Pick: Don Bosco
Player to Watch: Brenden Calello (Don Bosco Captain-Forward #14)
Projected Score: DBP 8 to Mah 0
#5 Northern Highlands (10-3-1) vs #4 Ramapo (9-2-1) @ 9:00
I can see an overtime match up in this game...Northern Highlands always seems to play tight games no matter what, which is not a bad thing especially when you are playing a higher ranked team. This Ramapo team has not given up more then 3 goals in a game all season, and they look to continue this trend tonight.
John Covello Pick: Ramapo
Player to Watch: Scott Peters (Ramapo's Goalie)
Projected Score: NH 0 to Ram 1
Good luck to all teams tonight! Don't forget to vote on who do you think will win the BCT!!
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