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College Hockey:
ECAC Hockey picks: Feb. 14-15

Overall: 60-38-8

The snow’s stopped and the roads seems to be mostly clear, so don’t look for a repeat of this over the weekend. All games are 7 p.m., unless noted.

Friday, Feb. 14

Princeton at Brown

Both teams have been pretty beat up at times this season. The Bears’ trio of Matt Lorito, Nick Lappin, and Mark Naclerio have been excellent, but Brown could use some more secondary scoring as the postseason nears. As for the Tigers, they’re just looking for whatever offense they can get. Princeton averages  under two goals per game and only has one player with more than five. Brown wins

Harvard at Clarkson

Clarkson has been in limbo for the last few weeks. The Golden Knights haven’t really done anything to move closer to a first-round bye or take themselves out of the running for one. As per usual, Harvard won the Beanpot consolation game, and could put together a better run down the stretch. However, if Clarkson wants a top-four spot, this is a win they have to get.  Golden Knights captain and top center Ben Sexton is out this weekend, according to Cap Carey of the Watertown Daily Times, while sophomore forward T.J. Moor left the team for personal reasons. Clarkson wins

Rensselaer at Colgate

The Raiders rebounded from a pair of tough games two weeks ago with a 6-1 drubbing of Cornell in their only game last weekend.  RPI has improved over the last month, but Colgate looks to be back on track. Colgate wins

Union at Cornell

The Big Red have gotten better scoring depth as the season has progressed, while that’s been a strength of Union for much of the season. The Dutchmen have two players with double digits goals, and five more who could potentially pass that mark over the next few weeks. Union wins

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence has gone 3-1 since snapping a two-month winless skid last month, a stretch that will likely define much of the Saints’ regular season, for better or worse. The Big Green haven’t shown any signs of getting back on track following a rough start, winning just one of their last seven games. St. Lawrence wins

Quinnipiac at Yale

These rivals tied 3-3 back in November. The Bulldogs need to get something going if they want a chance at making the NCAA tournament and defending their national title, while the Bobcats are trying to catch first-place Union and capture their second straight Cleary Cup. Quinnipiac wins

Saturday, Feb. 15

Quinnipiac at Brown, 4 p.m.

The Bears have given Quinnipiac problems over the years, but the Bobcats offense have been on a roll for the most part lately, as QU has a staggering seven players with double-digit goals. Quinnipiac wins

Dartmouth at Clarkson

I don’t like pegging games as “must win,” but the Golden Knights want a top-four spot, these are two points they can’t afford to let pass by. Clarkson wins

Union at Colgate

Colgate rolled over Union 5-3 back in November, and the Dutchmen followed that loss by stringing together a ten-game unbeaten streak. There should be plenty of goals this one, but I think Union will come away with the win. Union wins

Rensselaer at Cornell

I’ve got a feeling the Engineers could pull off the upset. Ryan Haggerty and Mike Zalewski have both been red-hot for RPI, and that might be enough to get by Cornell team that gave up six goals to Colgate last time out. Rensselaer wins

Harvard at St. Lawrence

Both teams are fighting for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. It’s an interesting special teams matchup, as the Crimson penalty kill is fifth in the country, while the Saints have the nation’s best power play.  On the flip side, St. Lawrence’s penalty kill and Harvard’s power play have struggled for most of the season. St. Lawrence wins

Princeton at Yale

As mentioned above, the Tigers have struggled to score regardless of who they face, and Yale’s Alex Lyon is having an excellent freshman year in goal. Yale wins

 

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