Feb. 23-24 ECAC picks

Well we’ve reached the final weekend of the regular season and there’s plenty of things that still need to be decided. All games are 7 p.m. puck drops.

Last time: 7-3-2

Overall: 60-41-10

Friday, Feb. 23

Harvard at Brown

It’s unknown if Ryan Donato will play this weekend after his stellar performance at the Olympics. It shouldn’t hurt the Crimson chances to win if he doesn’t as they have played without him and the Bears have lost seven of their past eight games. Harvard wins.

Princeton at Clarkson

Probably the game of the night in the ECAC. This could be a high scoring affair as Princeton is tied for sixth in the national with Northeastern with 3.44 goals per game while Clarkson is 14th at 3.12. The X factor will be the goaltending. The Golden Knights have Jake Kielly and I think he gets his team out of their rut. Clarkson wins.

Cornell at Rensselaer

This could be a trap game for the Big Red looking forward to Saturday’s game against Union. With the close calls against Brown and St. Lawrence the past few weeks, I think Mike Schafter will remind them. RPI has been struggling and I don’t see an upset. Cornell wins.

Colgate at Union

This is a good opponent for the Dutchmen heading into the Cornell game as the Raiders aren’t a team to look past. Union will need to pounce early to get a two or three goal lead to make it very difficult for a team that has hard time producing offense in Colgate. Union wins.

Quinnipiac at St. Lawrence

The Bobcats are looking to build some confidence heading into the playoffs and they face the last place team in the league. If they can put another four goal effort like last weekend against RPI, Quinnipiac is stepping in the right direction. The Saints have won three of their past four home games. Bobcats win.

Dartmouth at Yale.

A big game seeding wise as the Bulldogs are looking to overtake the Big Green who has 21 points and Yale who has 19. Yale will need to stay focus and not look ahead to Saturday night. I like the offense Dartmouth is putting up in recent weeks. The Big Green wins.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Harvard at Yale

It’s the “Big Game” and both teams have a lot on the line as Harvard could potentially take the No. 3 seed and Yale is battling for home-ice in the first round. Harvard should be hungry after losing to the Bulldogs in the second weekend of the season. Harvard wins.

Dartmouth at Brown

I expect Brown to come out and play hard on Senior Night, but is facing a team that has lot to play for. The Browns keep it close, but I expect a second weekend sweep Dartmouth. The Big Green wins.

Quinnipiac at Clarkson

The Golden Knights could use a weekend sweep heading into their first round bye just to get some momentum heading to the quarterfinals. Bobcats are also looking to get into form so I expect a battle. Clarkson wins.

Cornell at Union

The game of the weekend in the conference as the top two teams meet up. Scoring should be at a premium in this one. If that’s the case, I am going with one of the hottest goalies in the country right now in Matthew Galajda. Cornell wins.

Colgate at RPI

The Raiders need a win heading into the playoffs. RPI wants to end the regular season on a high note. Colgate depth will be the key in this game. The Raiders win.

Princeton at St. Lawrence

The Tigers offense may have to many weapons for St. Lawrence to stop. I expect Princeton to wear down the Saints as the game goes along. Princeton Wins.