College Hockey:
Women’s picks: Dec. 2

Well, I had a bad week last week, in part because I got the days of a split wrong, and also because I bet on the underdog a couple of times. I went 9-5 (.642), to move to 76-26-9 (.725) on the year. Arlan got the splits correct, and also picked the favorites, so he went 12-2 (.857), to improve to 74-28-9 (.707). We’ve decided to spotlight some other teams this week, in addition to some of the big dogs, so let’s see how we do.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3

Minnesota at North Dakota
Candace: The marquee series of the weekend. I know this will be a split, but I’m not sure who wins which. I’ll go back to picking North Dakota to win on Saturday, like they normally do. Minnesota 4-2, North Dakota 3-1
Arlan: Can UND parlay TV timeouts into a sweep? North Dakota 3-2, Minnesota 4-3

Cornell at Mercyhurst
Candace: The Lakers couldn’t beat Cornell with Agosta and Bendus. I don’t see them doing it now. Cornell 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: I doubt that the Lakers’ schedule to date has them prepared for this series. Cornell 5-2, 4-3

Niagara-Ohio State
Candace: I’ve realized the folly in picking underdogs, and picking against Ohio State. Ohio State 4-2, 5-2
Arlan: With OSU positioned to contend like never before there’s no room for a slip versus Niagara. Ohio State 5-3, 3-2

Friday, Dec. 2

Quinnipiac at Brown
Candace: I can’t see the Bobcats losing this, even though I’d love to see Brown get back to its older, badder self. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Brown has been tough at home, but it’s a small sample size. Quinnipiac 2-1

Rensselaer at Clarkson
Candace: Can the Engineers parlay that excellent two periods against Wisconsin into something more? Maybe, but not in this game. Clarkson 2-1
Arlan: The Golden Knights’ offense is apparently buried in the deep freeze, but they did “explode” for two goals at RPI. Clarkson 2-0

Union at St. Lawrence
Candace: Union has shown signs of life, but I expect that even losing to Mercyhurst helps the Saints. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: Both Union and SLU score less than twice a game in conference action; first one to two wins. St. Lawrence 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4

Boston College at Maine
Candace: Maine shocked BC back in October. Now they are at home. Can they pull it off again? My gut says BC goes for revenge. Boston College 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: Any game involving Maine is a trick question; the Bears go to OT a third of the time. BC 4-2, 3-3 tie

Providence vs. Boston University
Candace: While I can understand BU losing to Cornell, the loss to Northeastern was a shocker. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Terriers regain momentum, but I’ll call split, and probably get the days wrong again. Boston University 3-2, Providence 2-1
Arlan: Until the cavalry arrives, the Terriers will be hard-pressed to sweep anyone. Providence 3-2, BU 4-1

New Hampshire vs. Northeastern
Candace: The win against Boston University shows me the Huskies really want to make the playoffs. Northeastern 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: I want to pick the Wildcats, but they’ve been awful in conference and NU has largely handled the favorite’s role. Northeastern 2-1, 4-2

Saturday, Dec. 3

Quinnipiac at Yale
Candace: Yale is worse than Brown. Expect the Bobcats to win the battle of Connecticut. Quinnipiac 5-0
Arlan: Other than the OT win over Union, Yale has struggled pretty much everywhere. Quinnipiac 4-0

Rensselaer at St. Lawrence
Candace: I really want to pick the Engineers. I just can’t in this series. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: The Saints are yielding over a goal more per game in ECAC play than the Engineers. Renssalaer 2-1

Union at Clarkson
Candace: Clarkson has quietly been doing very well in conference. Clarkson 2-1
Arlan: I’d imagine that the Knights remember their first meeting this season with the Dutchwomen. Clarkson 3-0

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  • Ms London

    The BU loss wasn’t a shocker, was simply embarrassing. The worst game I’ve ever seen BU play. We all know that they are not a first period team so I expected Sperry to come back strong for the second, which she did (AMAZING saves). Without getting into 101 hockey basics for this game let’s just mention one player that really needs to have better judgment.. Tara Watchorn, there had to be at least three 2 on 1 situations that she let happen. News flash, if the play is at the hash line and the puck is closer to TWO opponents get on defense mode not OFENSE!
    And as to Jill, well remember when your Mite/Squirt coach used to tell you look before you pass..
    I remember the days where BU was the #1 defense in the country, so long gone!
    Can’t wait for the Gophers and The soon to stop being Fighting Sioux this weekend!

  • nogofer

    Fighting Sioux Forever

  • Zete1

    Been a long time coming but it is exciting to see uconn beginning to compete at a higher level. When attended in the late70s they were still playing as as club sport in an outdoor rink. Hope they can continue to grow. Nice to see them competitive in Atlantic hockey league. Let’s hope more money gets pumped into the program so scholarships can be awarded

    • Svicker1

      Niagara was the same when I was attending ’73-’77….a club team….

  • Svicker1

    Looked at the schedule for this week-end last night (Fri) and meant to comment before the results but got busy and couldn’t last night. Looked at the results this morning – WOW its getting crowded at the top!
    Go Purple Eagles!!!

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