College Hockey:
ECAC Northeast picks: Jan. 4

Friday, Jan. 4

Salve Regina vs. Utica
Salve Regina has a tough draw on Friday night. No other easy way to say it. The Seahawks are just 4-7-1, would love to have a few games back, and now have to face the No. 8 team in the country … on the road.

Utica indeed will host Salve on Friday night, and the home team is streaking. The Pioneers (9-2) have won four straight, including a win over another ECAC Northeast team, Nichols, on Dec. 8 (4-1). It’s tough to think they won’t get another win over this conference right here. Utica is 7-1, after all, at home, and should be greeted by a packed house this time around, as the Pioneers play for the first time in a little less than a month. Utica 6-3

Saturday, Jan. 5

Wentworth vs. Massachusetts-Boston
The Codfish Bowl in Boston features a dandy of a Saturday matinee, as the Beacons (7-2-1) take on the enigmatic Leopards. Wentworth, at 6-5-1, has puzzled at times, but here’s thinking coach R.J. Tolan has the troops focused for the stretch run. A big win over the Beacons could go a long way toward building some confidence with the heart of ECAC Northeast play still in front of the Leopards. Wentworth 2-1

Sunday, Jan. 6

Becker vs. Southern New Hampshire
The St. Michael’s Tournament offers the Hawks a decent shot to gain some momentum. On Sunday, they draw the struggling Penmen (2-7-2), a team that has allowed 17 goals in its last three games. Becker has won its last two by a combined 6-1 count, and if the defense keeps up that mojo, everything should be fine here. Becker 5-1

Last week: 1-2; Overall: 16-9-1.

The following is a self-policing forum for discussing views on this story. Comments that are derogatory, make personal attacks, are abusive, or contain profanity or racism will be removed at our discretion. USCHO.com is not responsible for comments posted by users. Please report any inappropriate or offensive comments by clicking the “Flag” link next to that comment in order to alert the moderator.

Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.

North Dakota 2016 National ChampionsBNY Mellon Wealth Management