ECAC Hockey Picks: Dec. 2-3

Last time: 10-2-1

Overall: 17-5-3

Most teams return to conference play this weekend with a few non-conference games sprinkled in. All games are 7 or 7:05 p.m. EDT unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Dec. 2

Dartmouth at Clarkson

I think this will be a close game with goaltending being the name of the game for both teams. Clarkson is currently on a right now, I don’t see that ending Friday night. Clarkson wins.

Union at Princeton

The question is will the Tigers carry their play from last weekend to this weekend or will the Tryptophan from a successful Thanksgiving weekend kick in? I think Princton hangs with Union, but the Dutchmen prevail.

RPI at Quinnipiac

The Engineers are struggling right now and playing the Bobcats won’t help. Being without Connor Clifton for this game shouldn’t slow Quinnpiac down. Bobcats should maintain their 3.57 goals per game in the ECAC in the victory.

Harvard at St. Lawrence

This should be the game of the night in the ECAC. I think Kyle Hayton keeps St. Lawrence in the game, but he will need help. I think Harvard’s depth should help them as they squeak a victory out.

Miami (OH) at Cornell

This will be an intriguing series for the Big Red. Miami’s record isn’t great, but they have shown to play up to the competition. It should be close, but I am going with Cornell on home ice.

Colgate at Arizona State, 9:05 p.m.

Colgate is struggling a bit, but a trip to Tempe could be rejuvenation the team needs. I think Arizona St. keeps it close due to the travel, but Colgate prevails in the end.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Harvard at Clarkson

Again the Crimson will be facing another solid goalie in Jake Kielly who’s shown he can stand-up to top competition. Although I think all good things must come to an end, Harvard ends the Golden Knights unbeaten streak.

RPI at Princeton

RPI currently has one conference victory heading into the weekend, Princeton is still looking for their first. While I don’t see them beating Union, I think they will pick up the win over the Engineers.

Union at Quinnipiac

This should be a good one between two strong offensive teams. I think the Bobcats will be able to contain the Dutchmen’s top line. I give the edge to Quinnipiac on home ice.

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence

I think this will be a low scoring game. Dartmouth hasn’t had much success on the road this season and I think that continues. Saints offense just gets enough in the victory.

Brown at Army

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bears. The Black Knights are playing some solid hockey right now at home. I don’t see Brown changing that as Army wins.

Miami (OH) at Cornell

I think the RedHawks come out strong in the second game of the weekend. Still I think Cornell heads into the break on five game win streak, Cornell wins.

Colgate at Arizona State, 9:05 p.m.

While I think the Sun Devils can keep the game on Friday close due to the travel, I think the Raiders will be adjusted to the time change for Saturday. Raiders’ offense prevail in the victory.

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