ECAC Hockey Picks: Dec. 30 – Jan. 3

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Five of the twelve teams in ECAC Hockey are taking part in the various holiday tournaments across the country. Here’s a look at the league’s teams playing in non-tournament games over the next few days. Click here for more information on the holiday tournaments currently in progress.

Friday, Dec. 30

Rensselaer at Harvard

This is the only league game in ECAC Hockey this weekend. Harvard is at home and enters the second half looking like one of the top teams in the country, while RPI is looking to gain any sort of traction in what has been a rough season so far. Harvard wins

Clarkson at Northeastern

The Golden Knights are 5-1-1 on the road and freshman goalie Jake Kielly has continued to improve as the year has moved along. That should be enough against a Huskies team that can score, but has had troubles in its own end this year. Clarkson wins

Saturday, Dec. 31

North Dakota at Union, 4 p.m.

This will be the first time these teams have met, although North Dakota has been to the Capital Region before. The Fighting Hawks have dropped off a bit from last year’s national championship team, but are still dangerous, while Union has been piling up the wins during the first three months of the season. It’s going to be close, but give me the home team. Union wins

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Massachusetts-Lowell at Rensselaer

The Riverhawks are pretty solid at both ends of the ice, and shouldn’t have much trouble against a struggling RPI team. Massachusetts-Lowell wins

Northeastern at Yale

Both these teams made the NCAA tournament last season; both have some serious work to do in the second half if they want to return to the postseason. The  young Bulldogs had some defensive issues in the first half, and they will need to tighten it up against a Northeastern team averaging over three goals per game. Northeastern wins

St. Lawrence at Vermont

The Catamounts ended the first half of the season getting swept by Union, but will have already gotten the second half of the season underway when they face the Saints on Tuesday. St. Lawrence’s last game was Dec. 9, so the Catamounts have the advantage of already being back in game shape. Vermont wins

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