ECAC Hockey picks: Oct. 21 and 22

Here’s a look at the upcoming weekend in ECAC Hockey, with several good matchups with Hockey East on the schedule. All games are at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Last week: 7-2-2

Overall:  9-10-2

Friday, Oct. 21

Niagara  at Rensselaer   

It’s been a bumpy go of it so far for RPI, but the Engineers are back home after a trip to defending national champion North Dakota last weekend. I think RPI will get its first win  of the year in the home opener. Rensselaer wins

 RIT at Union

Like RPI, the Dutchmen have been on the road for the first two weeks of the season. Union hasn’t been dominant at home the last few seasons, but I think returning to Messa Rink should be a boost for them. Union wins                                            

 Clarkson at Providence, 7:05 p.m.

The Golden Knights have won three straight games against Providence, and the Friars only have six goals in three games. These are two hard-skating teams and I think should be a tight defensive battle, which might tilt it in Clarkson’s favor. Clarkson wins

St. Lawrence at Massachusetts-Lowell, 7:15 p.m.            

St. Lawrence has won three in a row in Mark Morris’ return to college hockey, while the Riverhawks have yet to lose this season. I’ll take the home team in what should be a tight game. Massachusetts-Lowell wins

 Colgate at Merrimack, 7:35 p.m.             

Neither team has a win so far, but Merrimack’s two goals in three games make it awfully tough to pick them. Colgate wins

  Saturday, Oct. 22

Niagara at Union, 4 p.m

Dutchmen finish the weekend on a good note. Union wins

RIT at Rensselaer

RIT has scored plenty of goals, but has had problems in its own end. Can the Engineers take advantage? RIT wins

Clarkson at Massachusetts-Lowell

Should be another close one, but the Riverhawks are averaging over four goals a game. Massachuetts-Lowell wins

Quinnipiac at Boston University, 7:05 p.m.

The Terriers snapped Quinnipiac’s 17-game unbeaten streak last Dec. 12, beating the Bobcats 4-1 in Hamden. Boston University is just 1-2 this year, but should be one of the top teams in the country and might be a challenge for a Quinnipiac team working in new players in several important positions. Boston University wins

Colgate at Merrimack, 7:05 p.m.

Warriors bounce back for the split. Merrimack wins

St. Lawrence at Providence, 7:05 p.m.

The Saints are strong on both ends of the ice and should have enough to take down the Friars on the road. St. Lawrence wins





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