ECAC Hockey Picks: Dec. 12-14

 (Tim Brule)The unofficial first half of the ECAC Hockey season concludes with a smattering of non-conference games this weekend. All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Last week: 7-7

Overall:  64-43-7


Last week: 3-11

Overall: 57-49-7

Thursday, Dec. 12

Bentley at Dartmouth

Nate:  The Falcons have been playing well lately, but the Big Green are at home and coming off a win over previously unbeaten Cornell. Dartmouth 4-2

Mark: The Big Green have won five of six. Look for them to keep rolling. Dartmouth 4-3

Friday, Dec. 13

Merrimack at Union

Nate:  Union has not only won three in a row against the Warriors, but has been playing better lately. Union 4-3

Mark: The Dutchmen have tightened up defensively, giving up just three goals in the last three games. Home ice gives them the edge. Union 3-2

Clarkson at Michigan Tech, 7:07 p.m. Friday; 6:07 p.m. Saturday.

Nate: Both teams are strong defensively and have been playing well lately. I agree with Mark and think this will be a split. Friday: Clarkson 3-1; Saturday, Michigan Tech 2-1

Mark: Great matchup. Clarkson has won eight of nine. Michigan Tech has won seven of eight. Feels like a split. Friday: Clarkson 4-2; Saturday: Michigan Tech 3-1

Saturday, Dec. 14

Dartmouth at Northeastern, 4 p.m.

Nate: At the risk of running afoul of college hockey’s favorite Twitter account, I’m picking the Huskies, who are an impressive 5-1-1 at home this year. Northeastern 4-1

Mark: The Huskies have lost only once at Matthews Arena. Northeastern 5-2