ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal picks

Last time: 9-2-1Overall: 61-25-7Here’s a look at the quarterfinal matchups in ECAC Hockey. All the matchups are best-of-three. All the games are 7 p.m. starts except game three of Clarkson-Cornell which will be at 4 p.m. Sunday if necessary.No. 8 Yale at No. 1 HarvardSeason series: Harvard, 1-0-1This isn’t an easy matchup for the Harvard Crimson as they are facing a rival to start the postseason after having a week off. Yale did earn a tie at Harvard this season when the Crimson were in a stretch where they went 1-3-1 in January. Since that Yale game though the offense has been clicking for Harvard as they have scored four of more goals nine of their past ten games. Could Harvard see a new goalie this weekend? Patrick Spano suited up in both games against Harvard, but Sam Tucker swept Dartmouth last weekend to earn Goalie of the Week honors. I will take Harvard in a sweep.No. 7 Princeton at No. 2 UnionSeason series: Union, 2-0-0The Tigers needed all three games last weekend in their series with Colgate to extend there season. They now face the No. 6 team in the country and it’s fair they are in their comfort zone facing a nationally ranked team where they are 6-5 this season aginst thse teams this season. Will that trend continue this weekend? Highly unlikely, but I think the Tigers will give the Dutchmen all they can handle. Union’s depth should prevail. I have Union in two.No. 6 Clarkson at No. 3 CornellSeason series: Tied, 0-0-2As I am watching Wrestlemania’s 14 main event between Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin as writing this blog post, my “Stone Cold lock” of the weekend is there will be a winner between Clarkson-Cornell. Both games this season finished in a 3-3 tie. If you are the Big Red, you probably not happy to see the Golden Knights as you haven’t beaten them this year. If you are Clarkson looking to pull off the upset, you are saying we haven’t lost to the No. 9 team in the country this year. I expect it to be a low scoring series. Cornell wins in three.No. 5. Quinnipiac at No. 4 St. LawrenceSeason series: St. Lawrence, 1-0-1Kyle Hayton has the Bobcats number as he pitched two shutouts against Quinnipiac this season. The series technically was split 1-1. The Saints had 2-0 victory in Canton, N.Y on Nov. 5 and Quinnipiac “won” the Friendship Four series first round game in Belfast, Northern Ireland in a shootout. For Rand Pecknold who does he turn in goal this weekend? Chris Truehl who has only allowed two regulation goals against St. Lawrence this season? Or Andrew Shortridge who has been the guy the past five games and has been named rookie of the week the past two weeks? For St. Lawrence can they find their offensive form after struggling down the stretch only winning once in their past six games? Quinnipiac in three.