ECAC Hockey picks: Dec. 12 – 14

Last time: 9-9

Overall: 25-30-5

There are a handful of ECAC teams in action this week before college hockey stops for the holiday break.  Here is a rundown of who is playing this weekend, highlighted by Boston University and Jack Eichel coming to Houston Field House Saturday night.

All start times listed are EDT.

Friday, Dec. 12

St. Lawrence at No. 10 Vermont, 7:05 p.m.

While the offense has dropped a bit for the Saints, freshman Kyle Hayton and St. Lawrence’s defense have continued to be strong. The Catamounts are solid through the lineup, and have only given up 25 goals in 15 games this season. If the St. Lawrence can turn up its offense, they could have a chance, but I think the Catamounts win in a low-scoring game. Vermont wins

Princeton at No. 3 Minnesota State, 8:07 p.m.  

The Mavericks have the third-highest scoring offense in the country, averaging 3.88 goals per-game. The Tigers played Harvard close last Friday, thanks to 51 saves from sophomore Colton Phinney. The Princeton goalie should be busy again this weekend against Minnesota State.  Minnesota State wins

 Saturday, Dec. 13

No. 2 Boston University at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.

Terrier freshman Jack Eichel might be the headline in this game, but for the battered Engineers, the main goal will be to head into the break without any additional injuries and then heal up for the second half.  Forward Lou Nanne has missed the last six games, while starting goalie Jason Kasdorf hasn’t played in four games. They’re joined by forward and second-leading scorer Drew Melanson, who is out with mononucleosis, per the Troy Record.  All three players statuses for the weekend haven’t been determined, according to a university release.  Boston University wins

No. 10 Vermont at St. Lawrence, 7 p.m.

Look for the Saints to get the split at home. St. Lawrence wins

Princeton at Minnesota State, 8:07 p.m.

I can’t see the Tigers finishing off the sweep against a strong Mavericks team. Minnesota State wins

 Sunday, Dec. 14

Sacred Heart at Dartmouth, 4 p.m.

Regardless of what happens Sunday, the Big Green have been much better during this season’s first half than they were a year ago. With that being said, Dartmouth should little problem with the Pioneers, especially at home. Dartmouth wins

Clarkson at Michigan State, 5 p.m.

The magic number for Clarkson is two, as the Golden Knights are 6-1-4 when scoring at least two goals. Don’t expect a lot of offense, as Clarkson is averaging 1.79 goals per-game, while Michigan State is at 2.12 goals per-game. Slight edge to the Knights, as goalie Steve Perry and the Knights’ defense has been solid the last five games. Clarkson wins



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