ECAC East/NESCAC Game Predictions – 1/14-18/2011

Another week of league play and a couple of new winning streaks are on the line. Trinity has picked up two wins in a row and hopes to build on that momentum on the road this weekend. New England College has three wins in a row as they play hosts this week to long time rival Norwich and St. Michael’s.
“Points are rally hard to come by so everyone is pressing to get them every time out,” said Trinity coach Dave Cataruzolo.
This week the match-ups are bringing together a lot of league pairings which are like four point games. This should be a fun weekend – the holiday hangover is over.
Last Week: 11-12-3
Overall Record: 56-56-14 (.500)
Winners in Bold.
Friday, January 14,2011
Amherst@ Conn College – Eddie Effinger, Trip Wray and Mark Colp have picked up the offense but the Lord Jeffs are going as far as Mr. Anderson can carry them. New London isn’t too long a ride – Amherst 4, Conn Coll 2.
Hamilton @ Tufts – The Continentals are coming off a big three point weekend and don’t want to lose momentum against the Jumbos. They don’t – Hamilton 5, Tufts 3.
UMass-Boston@ Castleton – Both teams are hunting Norwich at the top of the standings. This one plays like a playoff game – UMB 3, Castleton 2.
Babson @ Skidmore– Both teams need to get some positive momentum going and the home team has the advantage this week – Skidmore 4, Babson 3.
Southern Maine @Bowdoin– Offense is great but not at the expense of team defense. The Polar Bears can play both- Bowdoin 6, USM 2.
UNE @ Colby – Both teams are mired near the bottom of the standings but not for a lack of effort by either squad. The unofficial Maine tournament favors experience – Colby 4, UNE 2.
Norwich @ NEC – The Pilgrims are on a bit of a roll and the Cadets rebounded strongly last weekend after a couple of lackluster outings. It’s always close between these teams – Norwich 3, NEC 2.
St. Michael’s @ St. Anselm – D-II rivals face-off in what is likely to showcase a lot of goals. Fun for fans, heartburn for coaches – St. A’s 6, St. Mike’s 5.
Trinity @ Middlebury– A 50th anniversary celebration for Midd’s 1961 championship team will be the perfect backdrop to keep the Panthers unbeaten in 2011 – Middlebury 4, Trinity 1.
Wesleyan @ Williams –The brakes got jammed on last weekend for the Ephs who suffered their first losses of the season. Nothing like a little home cooking for Williams – Williams 3, Wesleyan 1.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Amherst@ Tufts – The Lord Jeffs like being at the top of the standings and a clean weekend keeps them on track – Amherst 3, Tufts 2.
Hamilton @ Conn College – The Camels can make some noise in the league but need to win the tough battles. They start now – Conn College 4, Hamilton 3.
UMB@ Skidmore – The Beacons are a very confident bunch and the carryover from Friday is a positive one – UMB 4, Skidmore 2.
Babson @ Castleton –The Spartans have big goals and will want put some distance on an annual rival – Castleton 5, Babson 4.
Norwich @ St. Anselm – The defending national champs have seemingly put it back together. The Hawks don’t have the answers for the Cadets – Norwich 5, St. Anselm 2.
St. Michael’s @ NEC – A hard fought game against Norwich as the Pilgrims that they can make run – NEC 4, St. Mike’s 1.
Southern Maine @ Colby – The White Mules have struggled at home and the Huskies would like to prolong the misery – USM 3, Colby 2.
UNE @Bowdoin –The Nor’easters make their way to “The Sid” for the first time and the Polar Bears are less than welcoming hosts – Bowdoin 7, UNE 3.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Tufts @ Suffolk – Another old ECAC match-up that will show off the Ram’s Jeff Rose. He just can’t stop them all – Tufts 3, Suffolk 2.
Salve Regina @ Conn College– The Seahawks have seen enough of NESCAC teams this season. The Camels make them wish for a Northeast opponent – Conn College 5, Salve Regina 1.
UMass-Dartmouth @ UMass-Boston – These two teams always play spirited games and this one is likely to be a physical one. The Beacons won’t take any opponent lightly – UMB 4, UMD 3.
Lots of action this weekend so go root your team on. With each passing week the games grow fewer and points become more precious.
Despite all the snow, the action is heating up – drop the puck!