ECAC Hockey Picks: Oct. 25-26-27

Last week: 5-6-1
Overall: 13-12-2

Last week: 5-7
Overall: 12-14-1

Nate’s one game over .500. Mark is two games under. Here are the games scheduled for this weekend. All start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

Rensselaer at Union; Union at Rensselaer

Nate: At 0-6, not a lot has gone right for Union. RPI swept the series with its league rival last season and I see a similar result given the Dutchmen’s struggles thus far.
Friday: Rensselaer 4-1; Saturday: Rensselaer 5-3

Mark: This is one of those “two-teams-headed-in-opposite-directions’’ matchups. Says here the Dutchmen harness the emotion of a home game against their closest rival and grab their first victory on Friday. Rensselaer bounces back at home on Saturday.
Friday: Union 3-2; Saturday: Rensselaer 4-2

Miami at Colgate

Nate: Colgate has struggled to generate offense at times this season, but has been sound defensively. It’s been the opposite for Miami, who has been solid offensively, but is surrendering an unsightly 4.52 goals per game this year. This looks like a good chance for the Raiders to continue to make strides on offense.
Friday: Colgate 3-1; Saturday, Colgate 4-3

Mark: At home, Colgate builds on a solid showing against Lowell last weekend and pulls off a sweep against the Red Hawks
Friday: Colgate 1-0; Saturday, Colgate 4-2

St. Lawrence at Holy Cross

Nate: Holy Cross tied a tough Northeastern team last week, while St. Lawrence has only five goals in four games.
Holy Cross 3-0

Mark: Home ice gives the Crusaders the edge here. It’s a small edge, but it’s a winning one.
Holy Cross 2-1

Clarkson at Wisconsin

Nate: A strong Clarkson defense will have its hands full with a Wisconsin team that has scored 20 goals over its last three games, highlighted by an eleven-goal outburst against Merrimack on Oct. 12. This feels like a split, with the Wisconsin offense and Clarkson defense each having a good game.

Friday: Wisconsin 5-2; Saturday: Clarkson 4-2

Mark: Cole Caufield takes a few more steps toward a 40-goal season and the good times continue to roll in Madison as the Badgers sweep.
Friday: Wisconsin 4-1; Saturday: Wisconsin 5-2

Saturday, October 26

St. Lawrence at Bentley

Nate: In a battle of low-scoring teams, I think the Saints will be able to generate just enough offense to win.
St. Lawrence 2-1

Mark: Ben Murphy, longtime Bentley assistant now at St. Lawrence, returns to his old stomping grounds and the Larries go home with a win.
St. Lawrence 3-1

Sunday, October 27

Vermont at Quinnipiac, 2 p.m.

Nate: The Catamounts have averaged 33 shots a game so far, but might struggle to match that number against a Quinnipiac team that has played its usual puck-possession style through the first few weeks of the season.
Quinnipiac 4-2

Mark: I’d make a lame joke about bobcats and catamounts if I could think of one. Instead, I’m just going say that Quinnipiac wins this one.
Quinnipiac 5-3