Weekend picks for Oct. 16-17

Here’s a look at the games involving ECAC Hockey teams on Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17:

Maine at Union

After defeating Boston University late last weekend, Union will take on Maine in a two-game series at home. The Black Bears are 0-0-2 after ties with Michigan State (3-3 on Friday, Oct. 9) and North Dakota (1-1 on Saturday, Oct. 10). Freshman Rob McGovern made 44 saves for Maine in the tie against North Dakota. The Dutchmen have won the last four meetings with Maine, including a sweep of the season series a year ago 3-0 and 5-2. Union is 12-1-1 in its last 14 games against Hockey East opponents.

Friday: Union 3, Maine 1
Saturday: Union 5, Maine 2

Rensselaer vs. Alaska-Anchorage, Alaska in Alaska Goal Rush

It was quite the weekend for Rensselaer, falling 3-0 to UMass-Lowell before taking down first-ranked Boston College 2-1. Junior Riley Bourbonnais scored two goals and senior goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopped 36 of 37 shots over the Eagles. But RPI is definitely feeling the effects of early injuries, as freshman defensemen Meirs Moore suited up as a forward for both of RPI’s games last weekend. RPI will hope for more magic as its makes the long haul to Alaska this weekend for games against Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska, where RPI is 0-2-1 historically.

Friday: RPI 4, Alaska-Anchorage 3
Saturday: Alaska 2, RPI 0

No. 19 St. Lawrence at New Hampshire, Merrimack

The Saints will open their road season this weekend against New Hampshire and Merrimack. St. Lawrence had an incredible weekend offensively, as nine different players scored goals and 15 different players contributed as the Saints swept Niagara (5-2) and Rochester Institute of Technology (5-1). They outshot their opponents 85-47 over the weekend. St. Lawrence has an advantage historically over both UNH and Merrimack, and is 14-1-1 against Merrimack — its only loss a 3-2 defeat in North Andover in 1986. With the Saints firing on all cylinders early, it’s hard to imagine the offense not continuing to click.

Friday: St. Lawrence 5, New Hampshire 2
Saturday: St. Lawrence 6, Merrimack 4

Clarkson at Merrimack, New Hampshire

The Golden Knights will go the opposite direction as St. Lawrence this weekend, taking on Merrimack on Friday and New Hampshire on Saturday. Clarkson had 14 players contribute offensively with at least a point in its two-game sweep last weekend. But what was more impressive was its power play. Clarkson went 4-for-9 with the man advantage and was perfect on the penalty kill. Despite this, Merrimack has won its last three meetings against Clarkson, including two shootouts, while UNH has defeated Clarkson in its last five meetings.

Friday: Clarkson 3, Merrimack 2
Saturday: UNH 5, Clarkson 3

25 COMMENTS

  1. For the record Josh, Clarkson outshot the same opponents by a similar margin as SLU (Clarkson 81-38 vs SLU 85-47) and outscored the same opponents by a wider margin (Clarkson 10-1 vs SLU 10-3). I’d say both North County teams are firing on all cylinders this past weekend.

  2. For the record Josh, Clarkson outshot the same opponents by a similar margin as SLU (Clarkson 81-38 vs SLU 85-47) and outscored the same opponents by a wider margin (Clarkson 10-1 vs SLU 10-3). I’d say both North County teams are firing on all cylinders this past weekend.

  3. It is too early to make accurate comments. However, had one been at Achilles Center to watch the Union- BU game, the Dutchmen’s W was impressive!

    • great win but that was just a case of classic union – tough against the rare high level opponents but mediocre at best against every one else – i know union – i have followed them as closely as anyone – this trend started last year when no could pick up the slack if ciampini wasn’t scoring – when they were champs they has multiple threats – but i don’t see anyone out there really buzzing and causing a lot of trouble for defenses – last year they had ciampini but the defense struggled – this year if they do not get stellar goal tending they will lose a lot of otherwise low scoring games unless a dominant defensive force like a ghostisbehere emerges quickly

      • or any player who scores prolifically – for god sakes 3 players had hat tricks last night – must be nice to have a sniper like that

    • one more thing about the BU game – when in the world is union going to build an adequately sized facility – they’re not playing plattsburgh state anymore

  4. It is too early to make accurate comments. However, had one been at Achilles Center to watch the Union- BU game, the Dutchmen’s W was impressive!

    • great win but that was just a case of classic union – tough against the rare high level opponents but mediocre at best against every one else – i know union – i have followed them as closely as anyone – this trend started last year when no could pick up the slack if ciampini wasn’t scoring – when they were champs they has multiple threats – but i don’t see anyone out there really buzzing and causing a lot of trouble for defenses – last year they had ciampini but the defense struggled – this year if they do not get stellar goal tending they will lose a lot of otherwise low scoring games unless a dominant defensive force like a ghostisbehere emerges quickly

      • or any player who scores prolifically – for god sakes 3 players had hat tricks last night – must be nice to have a sniper like that

    • one more thing about the BU game – when in the world is union going to build an adequately sized facility – they’re not playing plattsburgh state anymore

  5. i do not agree with union starting someone other than sak – if a goalie has a great game you ride him – all great teams have great goalies who play almost all the games

  6. i do not agree with union starting someone other than sak – if a goalie has a great game you ride him – all great teams have great goalies who play almost all the games

  7. C’mon River Hawks! You can send those shiny helmeted posers out of our league in style. Then keep BC from the title which all but guarentees I’ll be spending next Friday in Providence with my Friars.

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