ECAC Hockey picks: Nov. 11 and 12

Last time: 6-6-2

Overall: 15-16-4

For the second weekend in a row, the ECAC Hockey schedule consists of all conference matchups. Here’s a look at what is set for the weekend. All games start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Friday, Nov. 11

Cornell at Brown

It’s been a tough few weeks for both teams – both are struggling to score and neither has been sharp defensively. Each is looking for its first win Friday; given the Big Red’s track record the last few years, I’m going with them. Cornell wins

Harvard at Princeton

The Crimson’s offense might not reach the level of last season, but it hasn’t been any slouch through the first few weeks of Harvard’s season. I just don’t see Princeton with the capability to keep up with the Crimson. Harvard wins

Dartmouth at Quinnipiac

It’s been a solid start for a Big Green team that was expected to struggle in the early going. Dartmouth is only averaging two goals a game, but junior Devin Buffalo has a .957 save percentage. The Bobcat’s puck possession game hasn’t been its typical strong self in the early going, as Quinnipiac is getting outshot by its opponents by nearly three shots a game. The Big Green are 2-12 all-time on the road against the Bobcats, but I think that trend will reverse itself Friday. Dartmouth wins

Clarkson at Rensselaer

Neither team enters the weekend on any sort of hot streak; Clarkson’s win last Saturday snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Engineers lost in overtime to Yale for their third loss in four games.  I think Clarkson is better than what it has showed thus far. Clarkson wins

St. Lawrence at Union

Union won six of its last seven games and is averaging just over four goals per-game this season. However, the Dutchmen are allowing more than three goals per game. St. Lawrence has one of the best defensive groups in the league, and the Saints offense is no slouch either. I think that gives the visitors an edge. St. Lawrence wins

Colgate at Yale

A late rally against RPI last Saturday helped the Bulldogs avoid a pointless weekend on the road. Yale might not be as tight defensively as in years past, but Colgate has really struggled to find its groove in the first month of the season. Yale wins

Saturday, Nov. 12

Colgate at Brown 4 p.m.

As much as the Raiders have struggled, it’s been worse for Brown. Colgate wins

Dartmouth at Princeton

Don’t expect a lot of scoring in this matchup, as neither team is averaging more than two goals per game. But the Big Green have been outstanding defensively, while Princeton has struggled in its own end so far. Dartmouth wins

Harvard at Quinnipiac

I predicted Dartmouth to beat the Bobcats on Friday, and I have a hard time believing Quinnipiac will get swept at home this weekend.  Quinnipiac wins

St. Lawrence at Rensselaer

The Saints look to be putting it together and should have the depth to take down RPI. St. Lawrence wins

Clarkson at Union

There should be plenty of goals Saturday at Messa Rink, as both teams are averaging more than three goals per game. Give the slight edge to the home team. Union wins

Cornell at Yale

The Big Red’s defense has bit a little below its high standards so far. That should change as the year progresses, but right now I think Yale is playing better hockey. Yale wins