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Paula’s picks: Nov. 23, 2012

It’s a light schedule this weekend, but everyone played last week. As I suspected, I didn’t do nearly as well this past weekend with predictions as I did the first three weeks of CCHA play.

Last week: 5-6-1 (.458)
Season to date: 47-26-14 (.621)

The wrong-way split in Fairbanks hurt. The non-splits did, too. I’ll count Michigan’s Wednesday night win — and my correct pick — in next week’s totals.

This week

There are two CCHA series, a single (and dandy) nonconference series and a single game in Madison Square Garden between Michigan and Cornell, the game I wish I could attend simply because it’s in New York City.

Alaska at Northern Michigan. The Nanooks split with visiting Western Michigan, a 6-1 win and 3-2 loss. The line of freshmen Nolan Huysmans and Tyler Morley and senior Jarret Granberg was responsible for four of the Nanooks’ eight goals on the weekend. The Wildcats return home after being swept on the road by Ohio State, 2-0 and 4-2, marking the second year in a row that the Buckeyes swept the Wildcats in Columbus. NMU is undefeated against Alaska in the teams’ last 14 meetings (8-0-6-4); the last time the Wildcats lost to the Nanooks was Nov. 30, 2007. Friday-Saturday, games at 7:35 p.m. each night. UA 3-2, NMU 3-2

Ohio State at Lake Superior State. While the Buckeyes were sweeping the Wildcats at home last weekend, the Lakers were splitting with visiting Alabama-Huntsville, giving LSSU the distinction of being the first team that the Chargers have beaten this season. That split was the sixth straight series split for the Lakers. For the Buckeyes, it was their first series sweep since Dec. 2-3, 2011. The last 10 games between these teams are tied 4-4-2; last year, the Buckeyes were 2-1-1-1 versus the Lakers. Friday-Saturday with 7:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times. LSSU 3-2, OSU 3-2

No. 7 North Dakota at No. 6 Notre Dame. Last week, North Dakota (5-3-2) played two overtime games at home against Minnesota-Duluth, tying the first contest, 4-4, and winning the Saturday game, 4-3. Sophomore Mark MacMillan had the tying and winning goal in the win and now leads North Dakota in goals with five, although senior Danny Kristo (4-8–12) leads the team in points. Junior Clarke Saunders (2.42 GAA, .927 SV%) had the tie; freshman Zane Gothberg (2.63, .902) had the win. The Fighting Irish swept Michigan in Yost Ice Arena, 3-1 and 4-1, making it look easy in the third period of each game by outscoring the Wolverines 2-0 in the third Friday and 3-0 Saturday. Fun note of that series: It was the first time that the Irish had swept the Wolverines in Yost in 35 years (Feb. 3-4, 1978), the year that current Minnesota coach Don Lucia was a rookie for Notre Dame. His son, Notre Dame freshman Mario Lucia, scored his first collegiate goal in Friday’s game. The teams last met Nov. 26-27, 2010, in North Dakota, when the home ND beat the visiting ND, 6-3, the first night; the teams tied 2-2 the following night. Friday-Saturday with 7:35 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. start times. North Dakota 3-2, Notre Dame 3-2

No. 19 Michigan vs. No. 13 Cornell. The Wolverines snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 home win over Bowling Green Wednesday. The Big Red are winless in their last five (0-3-2), having lost 4-1 to Harvard Friday and tied with Dartmouth, 1-1, the following night, both games at home. Cornell is the team that ended Michigan’s 2011-12 season, a 3-2 overtime decision in the NCAA Midwest Regional. UM is 3–1 all-time versus Cornell. Cornell 3-2

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  • Otistaw

    Will Minnesota fans root for Michigan? Which is greater? Their hatred of North Dakota or support for WCHA teams? I say root for North Dakota and Duluth. All WCHA FINAL!

    • bluetell

      The only Minnesota fan said he will be cheering against North Dakota. Cheering for your conference is a truly pointless and backwards endeavor: “Well since I’m worse than [hated rival from same conference], I will subsequently pour heaping amounts of salt in my wound and cheer for them to win a national title so they can then proceed to rub it in my face for the rest of time” Why would you do that to yourself?
      As a Michigan fan, I loved (loved loved) seeing Miami choke because I don’t like them and it’s awesome to see them suffer

      • bluetell

        Should be “The only Minnesota fan I know said…”

      • Hoalie

        Gopher fans going to the Frozen Four – what for? To root for Michigan? Sounds like wishful thinking to me.

  • http://twitter.com/pucknut9 Brad Schaack

    Well I can tell ya one thing this Sioux fan would never root for the gophers. Never.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501157411 Joey Loeffler Jr

      Agreed. In a pretend season where the gophers are the worst team in the country (i mean country not tournament) but somehow get an autobid by winning the WCHA tournament . . . aaaaand the winner of the gophers and the toughest team in the tournament are playing us: I’m still cheering against the gophers

  • DG

    I don’t think gopher fans would root for the Sioux either, Sioux/gopher rivalry is bigger than WCHA/CCHA rivalry

  • Sara

    the ONLY reason a lot has been made of Michigan’s so-called “underdog” status is that Red Berenson and his players have gone out of their way to make it known that’s what they are. WELL guess what…. this Sioux fan doesn’t buy that sandbagging garbage for one second. There are no underdogs in this matchup Michigan.

    • Sioux guy

      I agree, Michigan is using this to try throw the Sioux off their game by inflating their heads. Nice try, they’re unbeaten in 15 games because of their focus and ability not to look past opponents. Michigan preaching their underdog role won’t change that.

  • NDFangasm

    No way the Gopher fans cheer for the Sioux. I would not be caught dead cheering for the Gophers. The Gophers could be playing against a team of aliens for the cure for aids and I’d cheer against them. I hope Gopher fans show up and boo the Sioux. One of the best things about college hockey is the atmosphere during a rivalry. Go Sioux!!

  • achybreaky

    The Fighting Sioux want you to know something, Wolverines. They are not afraid of you! They WILL NOT underestimate you. The Fighting Sioux are here to win #8.

  • MGoBlue

    Go Blue!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scottcmartineau SCOTT MARTINEAU

    Providence needs a coach whose recruiting budget rivals that of the other Hockey East schools, but then if they had that Coach Army would have turned this team around. That said, one of the most historic moments tying college player to team is when Chris Terreri led PVD to their inaugural HE Tourney championship over BU An original HE member, Hockey East is at its best when PVD is competitive. That said, PVD needs to follow the model of a UNH or a UVM in order to become competitive. First, hire a Coach with strong RI ties – preferably PC & NHL – but a name that makes people think Providence Hockey, whether it be a brother of or a father of one of the two recently graduated Cavanaghs of Toll Gate, or even outside the box thinkng and bring in a SARAH DE COSTA type as if not head Coach then assistant head coach. Next, they cannot let a single prospect from RI get out of their grasp. Whether that means offering the guy when others say he needs a season in the EJHL or USHL, PVD needs to sign RI prep player of the year every year. Next, and this is where I say follow UNH & UVM- each of those schools seem to get any player they want from the Green Mountain team and the NH Monarchs in the EJHL. So too should be the same with the South Shore participant in the EJHL. One final thing, PC is still just a notch below BC & Notre Dame for any players who wanna play Catholic College hockey. Providence needs to focus on any player that BC & ND just pass on offering, because chances are many will make outstanding D1 players, and would rather from history play elite hockey at the 3rd most prominent Catholic Program than one of 50-something others that dont teach the same values that ND and BC teach.

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