ECAC Hockey picks: Week 20

Last week: 3-7-1

Overall: 85-88-29

Quinnipiac’s unbeaten streak finally ended last weekend. Now the Bobcats will be looking for their second win this month against local rival Yale. That game, which will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network, is the highlight of the weekend, along with senior nights for Princeton, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Cornell, Colgate, and Quinnipiac. All times are at 7 p.m. unless noted. I’ll be at Quinnipiac tonight, so follow me on Twitter for updates: @Nate_Owen41

Brown at Princeton

Both teams were swept last weekend, but each had been playing pretty well prior to that. The Bears’ Anthony Borelli had been outstanding prior to last weekend, and forward Matt Lorito is due for a breakout game. Brown wins

Dartmouth at Clarkson
Injuries and inconsistent scoring have slowed the Big Green of late, although the expected return of forwards Eric Robinson and Matt Lindblad should help. This is a big game for Dartmouth, as they are a point ahead of Clarkson in the standings.  The Big Green are just 2-6-3 on the road this season, with both of those wins coming at Brown. I think they’ll get their first non-Providence road win here. Dartmouth wins

Harvard at St. Lawrence
The Crimson are playing better over the last few weeks, although that’s not too hard given the way their season had gone up to that point. Still, I’m not ready to declare a post-Beanpot hot streak yet. A win against the Saints would certainly help that cause, although St. Lawrence is on a roll and has gotten production from players other than Kyle Flanagan and Greg Carey. Saint Lawrence wins

Rensselaer at Cornell
Cornell’s three-point weekend last time out showed they might have something left entering the postseason. But the Engineers have won a nation-best six straight games and are looking to secure a first-round bye for the playoffs.  Rensselaer wins

Union at Colgate
Initially thought to be out for the season, Colgate defender Spiro Goulakos returned Saturday after missing five games due to chemotherapy for Hodgkins lymphoma. The Dutchmen were looking shaky a week ago, but a four-point weekend  will change things. Union is right in the mix for a top-four spot..  The Raiders have been maddeningly inconsistent, and are in the midst of a six-game winless streak. I think the Dutchmen keep it going. Union wins

Yale at Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m.
Yale has been without starting goaltender Jeff Malcolm for three weeks now, and the Bulldogs are 0-4 in that stretch. It’s unlikely he’ll be back this weekend, as Chip Malafronte of The New Haven Register  reports Malcolm is out for Friday and doubtful for Saturday.  Yale’s offense only have five goals in the four games that Malcolm has missed, and two of those came in the opening period against Quinnipiac on Feb. 2. This is the 11th annual Heroes Hat championship, which was established in honor of those who risked or lost their lives following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Quinnipiac wins

Saturday, Feb. 23

Brown at Quinnipiac
The last game between these teams finished as a 1-1 tie in Providence. I think the Bobcats get the win on their senior night in Hamden. Quinnipiac wins

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Both teams got off to a good start, but it’s all about what they’ve done lately. The Saints have had an impressive second half, while Dartmouth is trying to recapture a lot of what went right earlier in the season. St. Lawrence wins

Harvard at Clarkson
The Golden Knights steamrolled Harvard 5-1 in Boston when these two met last month. Clarkson is looking to secure home ice in the playoffs and has a shot at a first-round bye, while the Crimson are in last place, three points behind eleventh-place Cornell. Clarkson wins

Rensselaer at Colgate
Colgate’s underclassman may have carried them early, but  its been the Engineers underclassman who have been on a roll of late.  Five of RPI’s top six scorers are either freshmen or sophomores, with the lone upperclassman being senior defender Nick Bailen, who’s been red hot lately. Rensselaer wins

Union at Cornell
The Big Red’s only win during their recent cold-stretch came against the Dutchmen on Jan. 18. It looks to me like Union has started to put it together, but I’ve been wrong before. Union wins

Yale at Princeton
Yale needs to  to start generating some offense, regardless of whether or not Jeff Malcolm returns. They can’t let themselves get frustrated by Princeton’s Mike Condon, who has proven to be more than capable of stealing a game.  I think the Bulldogs find a way to squeak out a win. Yale wins