ECAC Hockey picks: Feb. 10-13

Here’s a look at the upcoming games in ECAC Hockey this weekend. The blizzard that blanketed the Northeast Thursday resulted in several schedule changes, with Colgate and Cornell’s games against Brown and Yale each getting bumped back a day. All times are 7 p.m. EDT unless noted.

Last time: 6-7

Overall:  56-45-2

Friday, Feb. 10

Union at Harvard

This is a big game for the Crimson, as Harvard is one point behind Union for second place, but has a game in hand over the Dutchmen.  The Crimson are one a six-game unbeaten streak and I think they will push that to seven against Union. Harvard wins

St. Lawrence at Princeton

The Saints play one game for the second straight weekend when they head to New Jersey to face the Tigers. Unlike last weekend when St. Lawrence lost to rival Clarkson, I think it heads home with a narrow win against a Princeton team that has played better of late. St. Lawrence wins

Clarkson at Quinnipiac

Clarkson is coming off a win against St. Lawrence that coach Casey Jones hopes will get his team back on track. Still, the Golden Knights are 7-14-3 all-time against the Bobcats, including a loss earlier this season. Quinnipiac wins

Rensselaer at Dartmouth

RPI is on a modest 2-1 stretch over its last three games, but I think the Big Green’s speed may give the Engineers some trouble. Dartmouth wins

Saturday, Feb. 11

Yale at Cornell

The Bulldogs have played better in the second half, but Cornell has won three in a row and has scored at least four goals in all three games. I think the Big Red’s balance gives them the edge. Cornell wins

Clarkson at Princeton

Expect plenty of goals in this matchup, as neither team has been great defensively this season. I think the Golden Knights will emerge with a narrow win. Clarkson wins

Brown at Colgate

It’s been a rough season for both teams. I think Colgate has the edge in goaltending, but if Brown can stay out of the box, it should be able to generate enough offense to win. Brown wins

Union at Dartmouth

Dartmouth has scored at a respectable rate this year, but I’m not sure if the Big Green will be able to keep up with a Union team that is averaging almost four goals a game. Union wins

 Sunday, Feb. 12

Yale at Colgate, 3:05 p.m. EDT

Both teams have traditionally skated well, but Yale has been a little better at turning its speed into goals this season. Yale wins

 

Brown at Cornell, 4 p.m. EDT

The Bears have a solid group of skaters, but special teams and goaltending have been an issue this season. That could be a problem against a Big Red team that has been good in both areas this season. Cornell wins

Monday, Feb. 13

Harvard vs. Boston University, 7:30 p.m.  EDT (Beanpot Championship game at TD Banknorth Garden)

The fact that Harvard advanced to the Beanpot championship game for the first time since 2008 is an impressive feat, but I have a hard time picking against the Terriers, who have historically dominated the tournament. Boston University wins

5 COMMENTS

    • It’s a big game. Period. Big game for both teams involved and everyone else too. Has further reaching implications as we approach playoffs.

    • just noticed that colgate had ONE power play vs. union last weekend – ONE – union couldn’t stay out of the box last night – refs were horrible though – why is interference a penalty – c’mon – but then again harvard way outplayed them and so some calls might have been understandable – but i was there and most looked bogus to me – but you could tell the way harvard was flying around it might be ugly – but kupsky has to play better – much, much better – which begs the question, why isn’t mighty joe young in net tonight – he played much better than kupsky did, and there is no way that kupsky, from his play in the last 3 games, earned this start??

  1. i don’t care if union scores 10 goals or dartmouth has 50 shots – kupsky has to play better if union hopes to rebound from the spanking they got last and move confidently into the remainder of the season

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