Last week: 4-4-4

Overall: 42-39-19

I really should have titled this post “North Country picks,”  as St. Lawrence and Clarkson are the only ECAC teams in action this weekend. Enjoy the holidays and be sure to check back next week for a first-half wrap-up

Saturday, Dec. 15

Mercyhurst at Clarkson., 7 p.m.

Clarkson has put together a modest 4-3-2 stretch since starting the season winless in their first seven games. Freshman Greg Lewis has staked a claim on the Golden Knights’ No. 1 goaltender spot – he’s started 14 out of 16 possible games this year and is the reigning ECAC goalie of the week. This is the first meeting between the teams since 2004. Clarkson is 5-0 all-time against the Lakers. Clarkson 4-2

Vermont at St. Lawrence, 7 p.m.

On a grand scale, the Saints are still in pursuit of the program’s 1,000 all-time win. On a smaller scale, St. Lawrence is looking to reverse a 1-4 skid as they wrap up the 2012 schedule. The Catamounts haven’t done much all year and are 56th in the nation in scoring. I think SLU gets the program’s 1,000 win and heads into the second half on a winning note. Saint Lawrence 3-1