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Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 27

Aside from a few puzzling results, Arlan and I both did pretty well last weekend, each going 14-3-3 (.775). The puzzlers were Boston University crushing Boston College, and Robert Morris beating Mercyhurst (See this week’s Wednesday Women column). On the season, I am 133-46-20 (.718), while Arlan is right behind at 130-49-20 (.703). Some interesting games, including the Beanpot, coming up.

Friday, Jan. 27

Cornell at St. Lawrence
Candace: I don’t think Cornell will lose the rest of the way. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: The Saints’ two-month unbeaten streak ends. Cornell 4-1

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-Jan. 28

Robert Morris home-and-home with Niagara
Candace: Niagara might get a tie, especially since Robert Morris could come out flat after the huge win over Mercyhurst, but there’s no percentage in it. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: I expect Niagara gets a split, but the CHA is too chaotic to attempt to determine the order. Robert Morris 3-2, 2-1

Syracuse at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Bobcats need better teams on their nonconference schedule. Beating up on Syracuse won’t help them get in the NCAA tournament. Quinnipiac 4-0, 4-1
Arlan: It’s impossible to pick an Orange team that last won in OT against Lindenwood. Quinnipiac 4-1, 3-2

North Dakota at Ohio State
Candace: Last time out, North Dakota crushed Ohio State. I think this will be a split, but picking the correct dates is a bummer, so I’ll call North Dakota to sweep and figure I’ll at least get one right. North Dakota 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: This could go about a dozen different ways, but in the end, UND is simply better than OSU. North Dakota 6-4, 3-2

Bemidji State at Wisconsin
Candace: Wisconsin continues to build toward another NCAA title. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: BSU has more incentive, but the Badgers are still the Badgers, and the Bowl should be full. Wisconsin 2-1, 5-2

Saturday, Jan. 28

Cornell at Clarkson
Candace: See my comment about the St. Lawrence game. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: Good as it is, Cornell should lose one more regular-season game, and this one is the most likely. Clarkson 2-1

Northeastern at BU
Candace: The Terriers showed signs of life last week against Boston College. If Poulin plays and works magic with Tara Watchorn, it could spell trouble for Northeastern. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: One needs conditional code on the BU picks; e.g., “If Poulin exists.” Huskies can grab HEA lead. Northeastern 3-2

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29

Providence home-and-home with Connecticut
Candace: Providence is so up and down. I think one of these games will end in a draw. Providence 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Can’t pick Connecticut until they show some improvement, but Friars are far from a slam dunk. Providence 2-1, 4-1

Monday, Jan. 30

Robert Morris at Princeton
Candace: Princeton is very tough defensively. I think the Tigers will come out ahead. Princeton 1-0
Arlan: Goofy schedule — RMU playing third game in four days, while the Tigers haven’t played in two weeks. Princeton 2-1

Tuesday (Beanpot)

Boston College versus Northeastern
Candace: Hockey East’s two leading squads. The Eagles just got rocked by archrival Boston University. Maybe this wakes them up. Boston College 3-2
Arlan: It seems like the Eagles will be the hungrier team in this one. Boston College 4-2

Harvard at Boston University
Candace: The Crimson pull out a heart-stopper to return to the championship game. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: Overtime wouldn’t surprise me, but BU has more firepower than Harvard once there. Boston University 3-2

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  • Ms London

    I honestly think that you have to watch the BC vs BU game to make a call for HEA. I would not be surprise if BU ties or even wins the game against NU. The whole Terrier’s squad came back to life and it wasn’t just because of Poulin. Moving Jenn to wing with Menard on center was a brilliant decision. The whole team is hungry for revenge, particularly against NU. As for the beanpot, if they play like they did with BC, there is no way Harvard will come out happy. The tournament is at Walter Brown this year. BU has a great home crowd that seems to fuel them. I think this would be one the most intense Beanpots yet. NU wants revenge against BC for taking HEA title last year. BU wants revenge against BC for taking them out on the first round and is also home. And well BC just got schooled by BU so the Eagles want a payback.
    I’m sure BC is crossing their fingers for NU to lose against BU (even with the great Comm. Ave rivalry in between). That would give BC a chance to take the regular season title for the first time in the programs history.
    I sure hope the Badgers can fill the Bowl. I think BSU is going to finally feel what it means to play against #1.

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