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Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 10

Thanks to Northeastern’s come-from-behind OT win over Boston University in the Beanpot final, I managed to stay one game ahead of Arlan, who gained ground on me thanks to my getting the splits wrong on Ohio State-Minnesota-Duluth and incorrectly picking Bemidji State to get a split with North Dakota. I went 14-7-1 (.659) to drop my season to 157-59-21 (.706). Arlan went 15-6-1 (.704) to improve to 156-60-21 (.702). There’s only two weeks left; can I hold him off?

Let’s take a look at this week’s action.

Friday, February 10

Clarkson at Princeton
Candace: Which Tigers show up: the ones that held Dartmouth to a goal, or the ones that gave up a 10-spot to Harvard? Clarkson was held to a goal at home the last time these two played. Clarkson 2-1
Arlan: What will Princeton do in the wake of its Harvard collapse. Clarkson 9-8

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Saints have been red-hot since early December, dropping only one game and tying another, and are a different squad than the one that dropped a 3-2 decision to the Bobcats in November. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: The Bobcats have already equaled their losses of a season ago. St. Lawrence 3-2

Harvard at Rensselaer
Candace: This could be a close game, but I suspect the Crimson further consolidate their hold on second. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Three years have passed since the Crimson last won in Troy; guess they’re due. Harvard 2-1

Dartmouth at Union
Candace: The Big Green begin a final push to finish third in the ECAC. Dartmouth 2-0
Arlan: Union has but one win in last 20 outings. Dartmouth 4-0

Friday-Saturday, February 10-11

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State
Candace: I got burned picking Bemidji last weekend, though it has generally been better at home. Not really sure what to make of this one. I’ll pick the Beavers to get their usual Saturday night home win. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, Bemidji State 3-2
Arlan: The road to picks ruin is paved with picking UMD sweeps. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, Bemidji State 2-0

Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: The Buckeyes are usually good for a split at home, but I have to go with Schoullis and Kessel, plus Emily West has been on fire lately. Minnesota 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: If OSU and UM play to form, this is a split, but I’ll gamble that the Gophers have turned a corner. Minnesota 3-1, 4-3

Friday-Sunday, February 10 and 12

Niagara vs. Robert Morris home-and-home
Candace: These two split a couple of weeks ago in a low-scoring series. I am going to pick the Colonials to sweep with a chance to challenge Mercyhurst the final weekend. Robert Morris 1-0, 2-1
Arlan: Can I get a bonus point if Niagara takes both games to OT? Robert Morris 2-1, 1-0

Saturday, February 11

St. Lawrence at Princeton
Candace: The Saints’ streak could conceivably end here, but I’ll say not. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: Great — another Princeton game. May I use negative numbers in protest? St. Lawrence 1-0

Clarkson at Quinnipiac
Candace: Another potentially dangerous matchup for the Golden Knights, but I think they have enough to win this one. Clarkson 4-2
Arlan: Mmm, Clarkson on the road? Quinnipiac at home? I’ll go with the Badgers in St. Cloud. Clarkson 2-1

Harvard at Union
Candace: I don’t, frankly, see either Harvard or Dartmouth losing in the rest of the regular season. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Has it really come to this — we’re picking Harvard and Union games? Harvard 3-0

Dartmouth at Rensselaer
Candace: See above. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: Dartmouth is the smart pick, but I have a soft spot for the home team on Senior Day. Rensselaer 2-0

Saturday-Sunday, February 11-2

Boston College vs. Connecticut home-and-home
Candace: This is a potentially huge series. If Maine can split with Northeastern, the Eagles could get back in the driver’s seat for the Hockey East regular season title, and also avoid a dangerous draw with Boston University in the semis of the tournament. Boston College 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: UConn games seem so obvious that it feels like a trap. Boston College 5-4, 3-0

Maine at Northeastern
Candace: As Arlan has detailed this week in his column, the Black Bears have been awesome on the road. I expect this will be a split, but am not sure on the dates. Maine did sweep BU on the road, and Northeastern is probably going to be a little flat after its emotional Beanpot win. Maine 4-3, Northeastern 4-2
Arlan: Black Bears catch Huskies with a Beanpot hangover. Maine 2-1, Northeastern 3-2

Providence at New Hampshire
Candace: I thought the Wildcats were starting to roll and about to clinch the final playoff spot in Hockey East. Then they lost to Connecticut. Providence 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: On paper, this is a PC sweep, but I’m told they will be playing on ice. New Hampshire 2-1, Providence 5-1

Boston University at Vermont
Candace: The Catamounts really get the Terriers at a bad time, as BU will want to push any thoughts of its heartbreaking Beanpot loss away. Boston University 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: Vermont has been outscored 37-11 in 2012. Boston University 5-1, 4-0

 

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  • Sam Hockey

    Where are the DU picks?

    • Brian Halverson

      Coming momentarily. I apologize for the omission.

    • Brian Halverson

      Denver picks are now included.

  • x1795x

    I guess its just taken as  a given that Union is going to beat DU?

  • Guest

    Lets go SIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX     Cant wait to travel back for the GOpher sweep

  • Ms London

    Arlan, what if the ice is as white as paper? There is a playoff at stake so it will be hard to tell who really brings it. It might just go down to Goalies and in that case Lacasse has a better chance than Minton. I see PC on top for this one.
    Maine vs NU. Two goaltenders that are really hard to score on. I like to think that Coyne, Llanes, Esposito and Picket have a better chance on this one. I’m going for a sweep even though Maine is well known for bringing it right before playoffs.
    Even though BC knows how much they need the sweep, Garcia is on goal and when she is on a roll we know what the Eagles look like against good goaltending. Lots of shots but no cashing in. At this point of the game I won’t bet on them sweeping almost anyone. If the defense decides to show up they can do it, but would they?
    If Harvard plays like they did on the first five minutes of the game or the 3rd period of the Beanpot consolation game I think they can get RPI and most certainly Union.
    SLU has the Golden Knights no doubt. They seem pretty solid so far this second half.
    It’s hard to tell with Minnesota and OSU. Particularly if I haven’t watched the Buckeyes all season. But I have seen what Johnston can do so I would like to think that they can at least pull a split or maybe take them to OT.
    If BU leaves the Beanpot finals behind and looks ahead with possibilities in the air, I find it hard for that game to stay in the single digits. Even with the great UVM goaltending. BU is very physical from beginning to end (Darn Canadians!). For such a small active roster, UVM will have a hard time keeping up for too long.

  • Johnsheehan

    2 weeks in a row!
    What about the best team in the country?
    WISCONSIN

    • Arlan Marttila

      How many people do you think would pick St. Cloud State to defeat Wisconsin? Think about the answer to that, and you’ll have a good idea as to why UW isn’t on the menu this week. But I did throw in a mention of your team, just for Badgers fans.

  • Kerri Bonomo

    U of M and OSU: The only form here is that Minnesota will sweep this weekend. 5-0 handily, plus solid goaltending from Raty tonight.  We will see, but I call 4-0 UM tomorrow. Chippy play all around, its hard to win games against Minnesota’s talent when you have that many penalties and OSU will be just as frustrated tomorrow. Raty can handle the weak perimeter shots and the D will be able to clear rebounds and the front of the net. My guess is West wont play tomorrow, but I’ve been surprised by her before. Too bad, she was just getting started after her junior year injury. Good luck OSU, you’ll need it.