We are getting down to the final stretch of the regular season with some big games this weekend. All games are 7 p.m. starts unless otherwise noted.
Last time: 4-5-1
Friday, Feb. 8
Princeton at Brown
The Tigers are one game under .500 on the road this season, but I think they get back to .500 on Friday night. Brown is 2-8-4 in their past 14 games. Princeton wins.
Cornell at Clarkson
The game of the weekend in the ECAC and one of the few Top 20 games in the nation this weekend. The Golden Knights defeated the Big Red in December 4-0 in Cornell. Both teams are coming off losses. I will take the home team. Clarkson is victorious.
Harvard at Union
If Cornell and Clarkson is the main event is weekend, Harvard-Union is the semi main event. The Dutchmen have an point advantage over the Crimson for third place. Harvard won the first game in early January at home. They are without Ryan Donato who’s on the Olympic team. Union wins.
Dartmouth at Rensselaer
RPI is coming off an upset over Cornell while Dartmouth is coming off a loss to Harvard on Friday. Overall the Big Green is playing some very good hockey and are battle to host a quarterfinal series. Dartmouth wins.
Colgate at St. Lawrence
This is a big game for the Raiders with Clarkson on Saturday. You are almost assured goaltending will be there, but will the offense step up. St. Lawrence while still taking losses are playing teams tough. Colgate wins
Quinnipiac at Yale
Both teams wish their seasons were going better as the two rivals meet, but there’s still plenty to play for. The Bobcats hold an one point advantage over the Bulldogs for that crucial No. 8 spot in the conference which all them to host a first round playoff series. The Bobcats have recorded points in five of their past six games. Quinnipiac wins.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Princeton at Yale
If the Bulldogs want to stay close to the Tigers in the standings this is a big game for them. It was a close game back in November down at Hobey Baker Rink where the Tigers won 5-4. I think the teams split the season series. Bulldogs win.
Colgate at Clarkson
This is another intriguing contest on the docket as two of the top goalies in the conference should be going at it. The Golden Knights won back in November 5-2, but I don’t think they will score five again, but need to put a couple in early on Point or the Raiders will have a puncher’s chance. Golden Knights win.
Cornell at St. Lawrence
The Big Red won’t let their guard down this weekend after last year’s result to RPI. I expect Cornell to come out a little slow after what should be a clash on Friday night. They should find their legs in the second period. Cornell wins.
Dartmouth at Union
Since their loss to Union on January 5, Dartmouth is 5-3 in their past eight games. Despite the two teams playing basically with in the past month, it should be a closer game as the Dutchmen won 4-1. Still I think Union will come out on top. Dutchmen win.
Quinnipiac at Brown
Both teams seem to be heading in opposite directions even those three points seperate them in the standings. A win is huge for both teams, but especially for the Bears if they want to get into the top eight. At the end of the day I believe the Bobcats sweep a weekend for the second straight week. Quinnipiac wins.
Monday, February 12
Beanpot Consolation Game
Harvard vs. Boston College, at TD Garden in Boston, 4:30 p.m.
It will be a rematch of the 4-4 tie back on Black Friday. It will be different dynamics in this game as both teams are playing for pride. Both could use a win for Pairwise rankings, but there’s a good chance if both teams want to make the NCAA Tournament, they will have to win their respective conferences. I expect Ted Donato to tinker with his lineup for the final stretch. BC wins.