ECAC Hockey picks: Feb. 13 and 14

Last time:  3-5-3

Overall: 40-51-11

With three weeks left in the regular season, one point separates third through eighth place in ECAC Hockey, but the highlight of this weekend is Friday’s matchup of St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac. The Saints have won seven in a row and could close to one point of the Bobcats with a win. Here’s a look at that game, along with the 11 others scheduled for this weekend. All games start at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 13

Cornell at Dartmouth

A veteran Big Green team seems to be putting it together at the right time, as Dartmouth has won five in a row heading into the weekend. Cornell scored four goals last time out against Princeton, but the Big Red have continued its offensively challenged ways throughout much of the second half. I think Dartmouth has the more balanced team. Dartmouth wins

Colgate at Harvard

Both these teams are looking for some consistency in the lineup down the stretch, as each has dealt with several key injuries. Harvard forward Sean Malone and Alexander Kerfoot appear to be healthy, while Colgate forward Mike Borkowski returned last weekend after it was originally thought he would be out for the season. I was leaning towards the Raiders, but the school announced late Thursday that starting goalie Charlie Finn was out for the weekend with an upper-body injury, meaning backup Zac Hamilton is in line to get the start. Harvard wins

Clarkson at Princeton

The Golden Knights are in position for a first-round bye, and can’t afford to let any points slip away. Princeton, meanwhile, is trying to stay out of the basement and has only won a single league game this year – in November. Clarkson wins

Brown at Rensselaer

RPI has lost four in a row, but shouldn’t have a problem taking care of the slumping Bears.  Rensselaer wins

Yale at Union

The Dutchmen are in a funk following Saturday’s 7-1 loss against St. Lawrence. Union seems to have a hard time carrying momentum from a Friday win into Saturday,  but I’m not sure they’ll have that chance against a stingy Bulldog team that still ranks first in the nation in team defense despite allowing six goals to Dartmouth last weekend. Yale wins

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac

The marquee matchup of the weekend features two of the hotter teams in the league, as the Saints (seven-game winning streak) and the Bobcats (four-game unbeaten streak) meet in Hamden, with Quinnipiac holding a three-point lead over the Saints for first place.  St. Lawrence’s overall play has finally caught up to freshman goalie Kyle Hayton, who should be in the discussion for several major awards at the end of the season. The Bobcats have some dangerous forwards, but I think the Saints’ defense and Hayton should be able to shut them down. St. Lawrence wins

Saturday, Feb. 14

Colgate at Dartmouth

If this game was several weeks ago, I would have taken Colgate. But as mentioned earlier, the Big Green are in the midst of an impressive run, and should be able to get past the Raiders, especially with goalie Charlie Finn out. Dartmouth wins

Cornell at Harvard

The Crimson have been scuffling lately, and while Cornell struggles offensively, its defense has given plenty of opponents problems lately. Cornell wins

St. Lawrence at Princeton

Saints freshman Kyle Hayton’s  .940 save percentage and 1.91 goals-against-average are impressive, and should only get better when you consider the Tigers are scoring 1.35 goals per-game and opposing goalies have a save percentage of .946 against Princeton. St. Lawrence wins

Clarkson at Quinnipiac

Both teams are good at limiting their opponents’ shots, as each is allowing less than 25 shots a game. Quinnipiac might be as dominant possession-wise as it was in the past, but the Bobcats should have enough finishers on offense to beat the Golden Knights. Quinnipiac wins

Yale at  Rensselaer

The Engineers gave Yale plenty of trouble during the Bulldogs’ stretch of NCAA tournament appearances several years ago. If RPI can stick to its gritty, unselfish style that’s led to some success the last few years, the Engineers could have a chance. But I think Yale is simply too strong from the net out. Yale wins          

Brown at Union

As much as Union is scuffling, it’s been worse for the Bears. Union wins



  1. Nate, you’ve got Yale over Union and Union over Brown. I’ll take the reverse. The Dutchmen are an enigma wrapped in a sno-cone.

    • I will hazard to guess that Union’s lowerclassmen are probably not as good as in the past, and so the future may be bleak, barring a stellar input of freshmen next year, including a standout new goalie.

  2. Boy I hope your right on the Bulldogs. I thought Harvard game would really give us some momentum, but Dartmouth blew their doors off. Lack of a true goal scorer means Yale should be involved in a bunch of nail biters. Need to play sound positional hockey & keep up their tremendous forechecking. But if they can get 2 this weekend, that would be great!


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