Jan. 5-10 picks

Last time: 6-4-1 (Dec. 16-18, Ledyard Bank Classic, Florida College Classic)

Overall: 33-14-4

All games are 7 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Union vs. Boston University

If there’s a time to catch Boston University, it’s right now. With seven players playing in tonight’s Gold Medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championship the Terriers will be shorthanded. Union should come out firing after Rick Bennett’s comments after the North Dakota game. Union will wear down BU as the game goes along. Union wins.

Friday, Jan. 6

Princeton vs. Dartmouth

This should be a very intriguing game. Both teams had an up and down first half. The Tigers recent success carry over, will the Big Green’s success at home continue. With Dartmouth playing last week will be a big advantage. Dartmouth is victorious.

Quinnipiac vs. Harvard

This one should be a dozy. Harvard is playing very good hockey while Bobcats are trying to find the success they had at the beginning of the season. Right now I will go with the team that playing most consistent. Harvard wins.

St. Lawrence vs. Canisius, 7:35 p.m.

The Saints are looking to bounce back from their loss at Vermont. The Griffins are slightly under .500 so it isn’t a series St. Lawrence should over look. Canisius doesn’t score often and that’s not a good when Kyle Hayton is in the crease on the other side of the ice. St. Lawrence wins.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Quinnipiac vs. Dartmouth

While Dartmouth is making Thompson Arena a tough place to play, I think talent depth will be the key. The Bobcats have that advantage. Both teams start 2017 with a split on the weekend.  Quinnipiac picks up the victory.

Princeton vs. Harvard

With a game under their belt after the holiday break, Princeton should give the Crimson all they can handle. It could be a let down game for Harvard after facing the Bobcats, but with Princeton’s success Ted Donato won’t let that happen. Harvard squeaks out a win.

New Hampshire vs. Brown

The Bears should be pleased how they played out in Arizona last week and get a Wildcats playing on a second half on a back-to-back night. New Hampshire is .500 on the road. Brown will have trouble with UNH’s depth. Wildcats win.

St. Lawrence vs. Canisius, 7:35 p.m.

It’s always tough to win on the road and this the Saints third game of a six game road trip. The Griffins will want to defend home ice and may keep this close for 40 minutes. At the end of the day St. Lawrence’s defense will be key to this game and the series. Saints win.

RPI vs. Clarkson

Both teams are coming off bad losses so both teams have something to prove. The Golden Knights loss seems to be abnormality while RPI loss has been a trend of the season. I think this game helps the Golden Knights get closer to.500 at home. Golden Knights take the W.

Cornell vs. Merrimack

This nearly became the third time these teams have met this season had they met at the Florida College Classic. These teams met at J. Thom Lawler Arena on Oct. 28 with Merrimack winning 3-2. That was the Big Red’s first game of the season. Merrimack has lost three out of their past four games while Cornell has won three of their past four. Cornell looks to make it six of seven on Saturday. Big Red wins.

Yale vs. Connecticut, 3:05 p.m.

This should be a fun in-state rivalry game where both teams have shown flashes this season. The Huskies are on a three game winning streak while Bulldogs beat Northeastern on Tuesday. Yale is 1-1 against Hockey East this season. UConn should have Tage Thompson back from the WJC which should help their cause. UConn wins.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Providence vs. Yale

The Bulldogs ends their Hockey East portion of their schedule with the Friars at home. Providence is still finding away to play consistent hockey this season. Yale is looking to play well at home as this game is a start of a three game home stand to get ready for conference play. Bulldogs win.



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