ECAC Picks Nov. 17-18

Last Time: 6-4-2

Overall: 17-11-5

It’s an intriguing weekend as there’s key conference games and a couple big non conference contests.

All games are 7 p.m. starts unless noted otherwise. I will have the midweek game picks in my blog Sunday night.

Friday, Nov. 17

Clarkson at Colgate

Part of me wants to pick a scoreless tie as the game will showcase two of the better goaltenders not only in the conference, but in the nation so far this season. Like I said, I don’t think many goals will be scored. I think Clarkson has enough offense depth to win 2-1.

St. Lawrence at Cornell

The Big Red are off to a red hot start and I believe that will continue Friday. The Saints have caught the injury bug and could be shorthanded for another weekend. Cornell wins 5-1.

Yale at Princeton

This should be battle between two teams off to a so-so start in conference play. Both teams have shown to have scoring depth so far this season. This a coin-flip game and in this instance, I will take the home team. Princeton wins 4-3.

Brown at Quinnipiac

After a great start to the non conference slate, the Bobcats are looking to pickup their first conference victory. Brown won’t be a pushover as they have held their own so far this season. With that said, I still think Quinnipiac is a deeper team. Bobcats win 5-3.

Notre Dame at Rensselaer

This isn’t a matchup the Engineers want trying to get some traction going. The Fighting Irish have won five straight. I think depth will be an issue for RPI on the weekend. Fighting Irish wins 6-3.

Harvard at Minnesota, 8:07 p.m.

One of the key series of the weekend in college hockey and both teams are coming off disappointing weekends. Harvard got swept at Colgate and Cornell while the Golden Gophers only came away with a tie in their series against Michigan. I will take Minnesota to win game one, 4-2.

Saturday’s Games

St. Lawrence at Colgate

Hopefully the Saints will can get some healthy bodies in the lineup. Even if they can get fresh bodies in, it will still be a tough task beating Colton Point. He continues to carry the Raiders on his back. Colgate wins 3-1.

Clarkson at Cornell

The match-up of the weekend between two conference teams. This should another good game between two solid goalies. If both teams win Friday, this will be a battle for first place in the conference as Union is idle on the weekend. Cornell takes it 3-2.

Brown at Princeton

I think this could be a breakout game for the Tigers. This a game where they could get some secondary scoring going. Brown has the skill to battle with Princeton so I am not predicting a blowout. Princeton wins 4-3.

Yale at Quinnipiac

A crucial instate battle and the Bobcats need this game more than the Bulldogs as they don’t to dig a bigger hole in the standings. Quinnipiac probably has the advantage in terms of depth but the Bulldogs have stopped a skilled rival already this season. Bobcats win 2-1.

Notre Dame at Rensselaer

After seeing the Fighting Irish once, I expect RPI to play better on Saturday. It’s always tough for a team to blowout a team twice in a row. Despite their record, coach Dave Smith likes how the team has progressed so far this season. Notre Dame wins 5-4.

Harvard at Minnesota, 8:07 p.m.

I think this is the game where the Crimson turn their luck around. Their top players are as good as the Golden Gophers top players. It will be another close game between two veteran netminders. Harvard wins 3-1.

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