Dec. 1-6 picks

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As the first half of winds down, the first weekend of December has a good good mix of conference and non conference games.

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

Friday, December 1

Dartmouth at Princeton

An intriguing game on the schedule, the Tigers are coming off a short week while the Big Green are coming off a tough loss to Vermont. Both teams are battling for position in the standings as Princeton is in eighth with five points and Dartmouth is in ninth with four points. Dartmouth comes away with a 3-1 win.

Harvard at Quinnipiac

While both teams have had their early struggles, it appears to be the marquee game of the weekend in the ECAC. The Bobcats are coming off a Tuesday night victory over Princeton while Harvard found some offsense on Black Friday with a 4-4 tie with Boston College. Harvard wins 5-3.

Yale at Rensselaer

Both teams are looking for the reset button after a tough Thanksgiving weekend. Yale suffered a shutout at home against University of New Hampshire. RPI is coming off a winless weekend in Belfast, Ireland at the Friendship Tournament. I believe the Bulldogs win 4-3.

Brown at Union

The Bears are coming off a week and half break while Union had a successful weekend in North Dakota. This could be a trap game for the Dutchmen as Brown will be chomping at the bit to get back on the ice. Union comes away with a 4-3 victory.

Cornell at Miami, 7:35 p.m.

The Big Red have the only nonconference game of the evening as they travel to Oxford, Ohio to face the Redhawks. The weekend series are games three and four in a stretch of five nonconference games. The Red Hawks should provide a stiff challenge for the the Big Red. Cornell wins 2-0.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Colgate at Army, 4 p.m.

Colgate looks to continue the momentum from a weekend split at Western Michigan. They look to get back to getting a winning streak as they are 2-2 in their past four games. The Knights have lost the past two games. The Raiders win 3-0.

Harvard at Princeton

The Crimson look to get their first sweep of the year as they haven’t won two games in a row all season. Tigers have gained at least a point every weekend this year, so they hope to keep that streak alive. At the end of the day, Harvard wins 5-2

Dartmouth at Quinnipiac

The Bobcats hope to end the calendar year with mojo into 2018 as they have streaky in the first half of the year.They only have four games in December. Dartmouth will need find offense if they want to compete with the Bobcats. I don’t think the Big Green has the depth to keep up with Quinnipiac. Bobcats win 5-3

Brown at Rensselaer

If Brown wants to make that next step as they continue to build. They are coming off a good victory over Holy Cross. RPI should get back to a rhythm being back in North America. They will challenge Brown, but I think the Bears will pick up a W. Brown with a 5-2 win.

Yale at Union

The Dutchmen are playing some good hockey as they 5-1 in the ECAC. I think they continue their strong play in the conference as they look to pick up more wins home as they are 3-2-1 heading into the weekend. Yale can keep it close. Dutchmen win 4-3.

Clarkson at Canisius

The Golden Knights are coming off a Friendship Four Championship and they return to the States with a non conference game with the Golden Griffins. Clarkson shouldn’t look past Canisius with the 8-4-1 record. Clarkson talent should carry them to victory. The Golden Knights win 4-2.

Cornell at Miami

Miami’s record is hovering around .500, but they are in NCHC, so they should be a challenging two games for the Big Red. They are averaging a little over three goals a game. I think the second game will be a run and gun game. Cornell wins 5-4.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Bentley at Brown

The Bears welcome the Falcons for a midweek game. It’s another winnable game for Brown as the Falcons are 1-6-2 on the road. One thing Bentley does have is a decent power play at 23.6 percent. Brown’s top end talent should be the difference, Brown wins 6-2

New Hampshire at Rensselaer

RPI’s tough nonconference continues to be tough with the Wildcats coming in. UNH had a strong start to the season, but has cooled off a bit in November. The Engineers have played Notre Dame tough at home, but don’t think they will pick up the win. UNH plays a good road game for a 3-2 win.

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