ECAC West Weekly Picks, Dec. 2-7

Neumann threw me a curve before Thanksgiving.  I had picked the Knights to beat Manhattanville and then lose to Utica but the opposite happened.  Go figure.
Other than that, my picks were pretty close to dead on, particularly the tournament games of Hobart and Elmira.
This week, there is one last round of league games Friday night before the teams head back out for nonconference play.  My upset special this week is Neumann over Elmira Friday night.  The Knights need to reign in Elmira if anyone hopes to catch the Soaring Eagles for the title later in the season.
Last Week:  7-3      
Overall:  15-5 (.750)
{predicted winners bolded}
Friday, December 2
Utica at Manhattanville – Which Manhattanville team will show up?  The one that beat Neumann on the road 7-4, or the one that lost to WNE and tied Williams?  Utica seems like a more consistent pick.
Elmira at Neumann – “It was a tough, hard-fought game up at our place three weeks ago,” said Elmira coach Aaron Saul.  “They always seem to do very well in their rink.”
Saturday, December 3
Fredonia at Elmira – Elmira will need to break through the usually staunch Fredonia trap.
Geneseo at Hobart – Hobart is idle on Friday, while Geneseo has a tough league game against Morrisville.  A more rested Statesmen team should have the advantage.
Buffalo State at Utica – Buffalo State has big wins against Plattsburgh and St. Thomas, so Utica has to be careful after coming off the game against Manhattanville.
Tuesday, December 6
Manhattanville at Conn. College – The Valiants need to become more consistent, particularly when playing the schools from New England.
Wednesday, December 7
Hobart at Buffalo State – Hobart gets a midweek road game at Buffalo State to warm up for Oswego next weekend.