ECAC Picks: Dec. 9-11

I was 6-4 in my first week of ECAC picks. Not too bad, not too great. Here’s whats up for this weekend, when most teams wrap play up before the holiday break.

Sacred Heart at Quinnipiac

In-state opponent and Atlantic Hockey member Sacred Heart travels to Hamden as the Bobcats are the only ECAC team in action Friday.  Quinnipiac is a whopping 17-2-2 against the Pioneers in Division 1 play. And Sacred Heart only has one win on the year, albeit a shocking 7-6 decision over Yale on Nov. 22. The numbers seem risky, but with a hot Eric Hartzell (1.47 goals-against-average in November) I think QU has this one.

Quinnipiac 3, Sacred Heart 1

Harvard at Princeton

Of the thirty goals the Tigers have scored, thirteen have come on special teams (9 PP goals, 2 each down a man and with an empty net). Harvard’s power play is clicking at 29.2 percent rate on the year, tops in the ECAC. So look for some goals in this one, with the team dominating  special teams  probably coming away with the win.

Harvard 5, Princeton 4

RPI vs Union

It’s the opening game of the Festivus Faceoff, and RPI has plenty of grievances to air in the season’s early going.

While Union has suffered little hangover from its early NCAA exit, the same can’t be said for the Engineers. RPI finally started scoring some goals, but simply made too mistakes and turned the puck over too much against Quinnipiac last weekend. Look for the Dutchmen to take this one in Lake Placid

Union 4, RPI 2

St. Lawrence vs. Clarkson

These teams meet again for the second time in under a week, as the Golden Knights took a 5-3 win Tuesday at the Saints’ rink.  Festivus isn’t over until one of these teams can wrestle the other to the ground. Look for Clarkson and Paul Karpowich to come out victorious in the Feats of Strength.

Clarkson 3, St. Lawrence 2

 Merrimack at Colgate

Yes it’s early. And yes, the polls mean little, if anything at this point. Still, for Colgate, the represents their biggest test of the year, as the Warriors are currently No. 5 in the latest USCHO poll after checking in at No. 1 the previous two weeks. If the Raiders are going to pull the upset, it will have to be minus second-leading scorer Chris Wagner (7-13), who was suspended a game by the league for contact to the head that resulted in a game misconduct last Friday against Clarkson. It’s a toss-up here, but go with the home team, as Colgate extends its winning streak to six.

Colgate 5, Merrimack 4

Princeton at Quinnipiac

Travel partners take on one another in a rare Sunday tilt.   The Bobcats were ranked the last time these teams met, but have since cooled off as conference play started. But they’ve picked it up lately, getting their first conference win in over a month last weekend against RPI. I think they’ll add another here.

Quinnipiac 3, Princeton 1

Sacred Heart at Dartmouth

The Big Green are back in action after just over two weeks off, although those with a snarky sense of humor could argue they’re still on a break facing 1-14-1 Sacred Heart. I’m not going to be that guy, but I think Dartmouth should take this one.

Dartmouth 5, Sacred Heart 2


  1. My Picks…
    DU 4, UML 2
    SLU 3, ME 2
    BC 5, UMASS 2
    MIAMI 3, PROV 1
    MC 2, ALASKA 1
    BC 4, NU 1
    UNH 3, BU 2
    UML 4, CC 3
    ME 3, SLU 1
    MIAMI 4, PROV 2
    MC 3, UAA 2

  2. Tough one for me tonight, I’m a Merrimack and UAF graduate. Wish I could have made the trip to Fairbanks for this one! Go Warrnooks! :)

    • I don’t think even they could have predicted that Maine would lay two eggs over the weekend. That was painful to watch. I predicted a split, but that was just bad all the way around if you are a Maine fan…..which I am. Could be a long season

        • I sure hope you are refering to the comment above mine because nowhere in my post was I blaming anyone except the team themselves. Sounds more like you are just trolling and have nothing better to do today. If so, I guess I got sucked in. You got me. Now move along.

  3. Sitting here on a Sunday afternoon I have a clear reminder of why I don’t try to predict game outcomes ;)

    It takes courage to put it up there before hand


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