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Women’s picks: Nov. 11

I had a solid prognostication week again, though I should have gone with my gut and picked Minnesota to sweep Minnesota-Duluth. Oh well. I went 10-3-1 (.750) last week, bringing my season record to 45-16-9 (.707), while Arlan went 9-4-1 (.714), bringing his season record to 42-19-9 (.664) With the Four Nations cup happening, a lot of top squads are out of action, but there are still some interesting games this week.

Friday, November 11

Quinnipiac at Clarkson
Candace: The Bobcats beat Yale last week, but that isn’t an indication that they’ve turned the corner yet. They still need to get some wins, but I don’t see them building their confidence on the road. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: I’m going to take Union’s defeat of Clarkson last weekend as a positive sign for the Dutchwomen, rather than one that the Golden Knights are set to implode. Clarkson 2-1

Dartmouth at Cornell
Candace: Even with the Big Red missing Rebecca Johnston, Brianne Jenner, Laura Fortino, and Lauriane Rougeau, I think they have the firepower to top Dartmouth, which has looked fairly awful this season. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: Dartmouth catches Cornell missing four key players and its coach; can they capitalize? Do I get bonus points if they do? Dartmouth 3-2

Harvard at Colgate
Candace: Harvard is missing Jillian Dempsey, Michelle Picard, and Josephine Pucci. who are skating for Team USA, but I don’t think Colgate has enough to beat a depleted Crimson. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: The Crimson will be without players as well this weekend, but have enough to best Colgate. Harvard 4-2

Saturday, November 12

Dartmouth at Colgate
Candace: Dartmouth should right the ship against Colgate, a team that aside from beating Syracuse hasn’t done well yet. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: The Big Green carry the momentum of the Cornell game into their meeting with Colgate. Dartmouth 4-1

Harvard at Cornell
Candace: See above re: Dartmouth. This effect is magnified, since the Crimson are missing three players as well. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Big Red comes out on top of the Crimson in the battle of weakened colors. Cornell 5-3

New Hampshire at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers are missing Jennifer Wakefield, and New Hampshire is coming off a big win against Dartmouth. This should be very close game, but I like the Terriers. Boston University 2-0
Arlan: The Wildcats’ 3-0 starts seems awfully long ago. BU 3-1

Sunday ,November 13

New Hampshire at Providence
Candace: Providence has gotten off to a slower-than-expected start, but did take three points from Maine in its series last weekend. That, and home ice, makes me think that the Friars will win a close one. Providence 2-1
Arlan: Games in this rivalry are always important; this year, UNH and PC may be playing to keep their seasons from sinking into an abyss. UNH 2-1

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  • Guest

    Michigan all the way……

  • Guest

    Michigan 5-2…oops.

  • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

    and wheres umass and yale game pick for wednesday december 7 dont see it

    • After Further Review

      And it says 2nd through the 8th.  UNH/BU game on 12/8 isn’t listed either.

      • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

        yeah these people are dumb

  • After Further Review

    Check the ECAC picks, the picked Harvard as well.  I do cheer for HE and do think UMass will win, but it won’t be as easy for you as you think.  Harvard’s forwards are pretty talented and keeping the puck out of your own net has not been a strong point for UMass this season.
    BBear94, I hope you get your wish and Timmy is gone soon.  As a UNH fan (which are having our ow problems right now), I much preferred a strong Maine team every year… win or lose, it was more fun!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, and they called BC BU the “best rivalry in college hockey”  A good one, for sure.  But UMO UNH is much better, IMO.  Those 2 games they played at the Witt last year had me on the edge of my seat all the way through….

      • After Further Review

        Heading down there tonight myself.  UNH totally outplayed them and beat them 5-0 a couple weeks ago, so wouldn’t be at all surprised to see UML take it to them pretty good tonight.  Bazin has done a great job with a very young team down there, so far.  Hopefully Digi decides to start playing goal again sometime real soon.
        I agree, the UNH/UMO rivalry is the best, no matter where they play.  I love the atmosphere at Alfond too.  I have no problem with the abuse visiting teams and fans take, it’s all part of a great college hockey atmosphere.  As you said in another post, these writers are all just about BU/BC, nobody else matters to them!

        • CommAve

          Tough not to be all about them when they’ve won 3 of the past 4 national tournaments.  I agree it’s too heavily slanted towards them, but not like they haven’t earned lately.  Both Maine and UNH need to step up.  Been awhile since either of them were true contenders.

          • CommAve

            National *Championships

          • After Further Review

            I do agree that the National Championships have helped and I have been there rooting them on, will always cheer for Hockey East.  I also agree that UNH and Maine have to get back to the national powers, but their rivalry is still a great one.  Maybe that’s what makes it better because they are the two teams in the East, not from Boston, that have been fairly consistent.  Anyways, I was not slighting the BC/BU rivalry at all, just making conversation about another good rivalry, that’s all.
            Enjoy the season!

          • Anonymous

            Yes, we need a new coach and if this season plays out as expected, maybe we’ll get our wish this offseason….

          • After Further Review

            You got a nice win last night, BBear… if UNH had played more than 15 minutes, maybe they would have too!

      • CommAve

        Come on guy.  I’m a fan of all Hockey East (didn’t go to any school, just from Boston), but you cannot say BC/BU isn’t the greatest rivalry in the sport.  They’ve met for the National Title before, have 9 championships between the two, Beanpot, 3 miles away from each other, students who live in the same aparment buildings…Nothing against Maine/UNH because it’s absolutely awesome, and I’ll be at Fenway on the 7th for that and UMass/UVM, but BC/BU is gold standrad when it comes to rivalries.

        • Anonymous

          # of championships between the schools has no bearing on the greatness of their rivalry, only the games played head-up.  1 meeting in the national title game? So what.  UMO and BU played in the 95 title game.  UMO and UNH played in the 99 title game.  So, by your standards, UMO/UNH or UMO/BU s/b the greatest rivalry??

          News for you on beanpot – nobody outside of the 4 invited schools cares. And remember, that’s not an open tournament so being in it has nothing to do with the quality of the teams in play.

    • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

      hahaahhaah ecac guys pick harvard too? WOW where are these people coming up with this harvard AT UMass where UMass has been great and beat far better teams espec bc but harvard not that great in hockey was joke last year and lost st lawrence this year recent tie clarkson i believe they wont be able beat umass i expect to go 5-0-2 tonight when i go umass home games

      • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

        an they all pick 4-2 wow these guys are dumb 7-2 umass lets put it this way even if its closer umass should win ill be stunned if i see a loss and this is the 1st home loss in 7 games to harvard no way harvard wins

  • Anonymous

    I was at that Maine game and UMass was really strong, except for a few mistakes in the early first period where they gave up 2 goals.  I think there is too much prognosticating by these 2 “writers” who never seem to make it to the rink unless it’s a BC or BU game.  Not sure they even know where Amherst, Orono, or Burlington are…

    • After Further Review

      I do think UMass is pretty good, but the only time I saw them in person was at UNH and the goaltending sure seemed to be an issue.  They pulled the starter and put in another Freshman who has played the majority of the minutes and he gave up 2 goals on 4 shots and was pulled too.  I know UNH’s D and G haven’t been great either, but Harvard put up a 7 spot on us, which shocked me after UNH had built a 4-0 lead!

      • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

        they have been awful at home but as student ive been to all 6 home games and theyve been awesome at home usually only allowing 2 goals as theyve done in each of their last 5 home games after giving up 2 to bentley and beat bc tied bu tied maine beat northeastern i think itll be 7-2 umass tonight harvards not good in hockey umass deff better espec at mullins center

      • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

        unh is just like umass awesome at home awful on road

    • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

      yeah deff doesnt sound like it when theyre picking HARVARD TO WIN IN UMASS!!! what a bunch of jokes

  • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

    i hope after i come back to the dorm after umass beats harvard these guys will at least admit how wrong and stupid they were for picking harvard.. harvard HAHAHAHAHA no way 

  • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

    while you guys were right on number of goals harvard would score unbeleivable both of u plus ecac guy would all say 4-2 harvard same score but harvard only got tie cuz refs apparently were from harvard i have not seen worse officiating cert not this year and overall not in lnog time federico and hansen you refs sucks u shouldnt be allowed to conitune reffing after tonight deff not in amherst 6-1 harvard in pps? ru  kidding some of them i was wondering what did the mniutemen guy do yet during game espec in ot after we killed off yet another penalty couple of times harvard shouldve been called for penalty of coruse no call on them THESE REFS WERE THE WORST!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Blue_Dem Eric J. Alves

    Solid Pick for the NU-ND today. I agree ND is too tough for NU….oh wait, what’s that? Hung 9 and first team to win at new rink? Nothing like beating #11 @Michigan and #2 @ND in back to back weeks for a 4 game winning streak. Welcome to Hockey East ND! 

    • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

      makes umasses win over NU look good all sudden when NU only had 1 win for while im stunned and shocked they go into ND and win 9-2 wow stunner of the year

  • Sam

    Jim’s pick: The Huskies are playing well, but I don’t see them getting a win in South Bend.
    ND 3, NU 1
    Dave’s pick: Agreed. The Irish are just too tough.
    ND 4, NU1 Hahahahaha, what a joke.

    • After Further Review

      GREAT WIN for NU!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnRMcFarland John McFarland

    S-H may have played better on Sunday, but it sure would be nice if their students came out to the games and supported them a bit.  There could not have been more than 200 people in the Webster Bank Arena on either Saturday or Sunday.  Nice job by the Tigers winning two games they were “supposed” to win. 

    • ritalum

      As a student, I’d be embarassed to support a team with a weekend goal diff of -13.

      • http://www.collegehockeypulse.com/ mrjakep

        You can never abandon your team!  Just because Sacred Heart beat the Gophers I didn’t bail on them!

  • http://www.collegehockeypulse.com/ mrjakep

    Not that I don’t think Michigan deserves a bump but to put them at 3 seems a little premature!  Ohio State not having a win in the last 4 in a row has to force them down just a little bit more than 4!  Just what crosses my mind!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.  These guys are clueless.  Maine to sweep UVM on the road?  Good grief.

  • http://twitter.com/jetsjets1028 joe lepianka

    yeah theyre clueless maine may sweep vermont but vermont prob gets least a tie on saturday prob lose tomorrow night.. but picking against umass when its harvard in magic of mullins center where theyre 4-0-2 and beat bc northeastern tied maine and bu harvard is nothing like those teams cert not like bc and bu i dont c us losing i expect to see another win tomorrow and possibly wed vs yale too oh tho itll be toufgher but im laughing hard they both think harvard would win they are dumb!

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