The #10 Colgate Raiders (16-8-4) travel up north to take on the St. Lawrence Saints (13-12-3) and the #4 Clarkson Golden Knights (22-5-1) for a crucial ECAC matchup. The last time Colgate faced these teams, the Raiders defeated both teams in a crucial weekend sweep at home.
St. Lawrence will be battling to try and crack the top four spot that the Raiders currently hold. A win would put them within two points at least after Friday night. Since the 5-1 loss to Colgate, the Saints have been have gone 4-4-2 without any notable wins. The Saints are looking for any momentum this week and a revenge game against a Colgate team that embarrassed them will be more than enough motivation for them.
Speaking of revenge games, Clarkson will also be trying to avenge an earlier 4-1 loss against the Raiders on Saturday. Since that weekend, the Golden Knights have gone 10-1-1. Without counting the Northeastern games which was a non conference matchup, Clarkson has been on a ten game winning streak against ECAC opponents. Clarkson looks to be more focused since the loss and will look to take over the top three spots in the ECAC after this weekend. Of course they will have to face Cornell first but it remains the same that Clarkson will look to take two points from Colgate and try to secure home ice for the playoffs.
The Colgate Raiders have a very tough challenge this weekend and are on the bubble of being in the top four spots. Going on the road against these teams back to back is very hard to do. These games are very important for the ECAC playoffs, especially the St. Lawrence game. The difference between them and Colgate is four points. Clarkson and Colgate is also separated by four points. The best thing that could happen is Clarkson losing back to back and Colgate winning back to back. The worst, Colgate losing back to back games and St. Lawrence winning back to back.
Here’s to the playoff push. Go Gate!