ECAC Hockey Picks: Jan.27 – 28

Overall: 50-38-2

Last time:  7-5-1

Here’s a look at the upcoming games this weekend in ECAC Hockey. All start times are 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27

Yale at Brown

The Bulldogs have been playing better lately, as Yale enters the weekend with one loss in its last seven games. Patrick Spano has played well in goal for the Bulldogs recently, and that might be the difference in this game. Yale wins

Union at Clarkson

Union has continued to pile up the wins in league play, bypassing Harvard as the team to beat in the ECAC. While I wouldn’t count the Crimson out, the Dutchmen are on an impressive streak and I’m not sure Clarkson will be able to keep pace with Union’s offense. Union wins

 Harvard at Cornell

A few weeks ago, I would have picked Harvard in this matchup. But the Crimson are 1-3-1 over their last five games, while Cornell have a five-game unbeaten streak entering the weekend. This is an important game between two teams that should finish in the top four of the league – and a game where I’m picking the home team to win. Cornell wins

Rensselaer at  St. Lawrence              

The Saints have continued to play admirably despite numerous injuries and seven straight road games to start the second half. Even with those injuries, I think St. Lawrence has enough to get the win against an RPI team that has struggled for most of the season. St. Lawrence wins

Arizona State at Quinnipiac

The Bobcats haven’t been themselves this season, but I don’t see them having too many problems against Arizona State. Quinnipiac wins

Dartmouth at Colgate

It hasn’t been a great year record-wise for either of these teams. Both the Raiders and Big Green like to play with speed – it might come down to which team can be more responsible in their own zone. Colgate wins

Saturday, Jan. 28

Rensselaer at Clarkson

Aside from the win against Harvard earlier in the month, it’s hard to pick RPI given its track record this season. On top of that, I don’t see the Golden Knights getting swept at home this weekend. Clarkson wins

Dartmouth at Cornell

Lynah Rink is a tough arena to play at – and even tougher when the Big Red are playing as well as they have been lately.  Cornell wins

Union at St. Lawrence

This may be a game where missing top defenseman Gavin Bayreuther really hurts the Saints. Union has a potent offense, and I think the Dutchmen edge out a win to end the weekend. Union wins

Brown at Yale

Bulldogs with the sweep. Yale wins

Penn State vs. Princeton (Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA)

The Tigers haven’t won a game in the second half, while Penn State is one of the top teams in the country. Penn State wins

Arizona State at Quinnipiac

I think QU’s final non-conference game of the season ends with a weekend sweep. Quinnipiac wins

Harvard at Colgate

This should be another fast paced matchup, but I don’t think Colgate can match the Crimson’s scoring depth. Harvard wins

5 COMMENTS

  1. The Friars looked mighty good against the NCHC’s UNO Mavericks.
    Like really good; maybe good enough to beat B-U on Saturday for all the marbles. Will be fun to watch.
    And, it’s a hoot to see 2 eastern teams play for the championship.

  2. with all the penalties against union in the first period, either union had a long bus ride up north, or the refs up there have nothing better to do besides cow tipping

  3. While Colgate’s record is not great, Charlie Finn in goal has saved many a game this season and just broke the ‘Gate all-time saves record in last night’s 2-1 win over Dartmouth.

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