College Hockey:
Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 16

Thanks to picking the Princeton-Rensselaer game correctly, I gained another game on Arlan, pulling within one. Overall, I went 7-3-4 (.642) to move to 61-32-11 (.639), while Arlan wen 6-4-4 (.571) to move to 62-31-11 (.649). We have many games on tap this week that we are picking, so let’s get to it.

Friday, Nov. 16

St. Lawrence at Princeton
Candace: Which Tigers show up, the ones that can score six in a game, or the ones that can’t score period? St. Lawrence 5-1
Arlan: Saints are now above .500 after starting 0-5. St. Lawrence 3-1

Clarkson at Quinnipiac
Candace: This should be a really good indicator of how good Clarkson truly is. A game the Knights need to win to  contend for the ECAC. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: If the Golden Knights aren’t any healthier than they were a week ago, then the edge shifts to the Bobcats. Clarkson 2-1

Providence at Boston University
Candace: With Poulin back, I have difficulty picking against the Terriers, especially since they can score in bunches. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: Not long ago, I was thinking that the Terriers were one of the top two teams in the country; time for the pendulum to start to swing back that way. Boston University 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17

Robert Morris-Rensselaer
Candace: This should be a good series for the Colonials to toughen up in. Robert Morris 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: One gets the sense that both the Engineers and Colonials are sitting on a better game than they’ve displayed thus far. Robert Morris 5-2, 4-3

Wisconsin at Ohio State
Candace: Both teams were off last week, and it’s the hardest series to call this weekend. Have the Badgers turned a corner? Are the Buckeyes as good as their record indicates? Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: The first of several split predictions that are doomed to fail. Ohio State 3-1, Wisconsin 5-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud
Candace: Minnesota-Duluth has been mercurial, but I don’t think home ice is enough for the Huskies. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: The records are roughly even, but the computers favor UMD. St. Cloud 2-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-0

Minnesota State at Minnesota
Candace: Always pick Minnesota. Minnesota 5-1, 6-1
Arlan: The Mavericks attempt to prevent Minnesota from setting a consecutive wins record. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1

RIT at Brown
Candace: I haven’t had much luck this year when I pick RIT. If Brown can actually score goals, a sweep wouldn’t surprise me. Brown 4-3, 2-1
Arlan: This series looks dead even. Even two ties wouldn’t be a surprise. Brown 1-0, RIT 2-1

Friday, Sunday, Nov,. 16 and 18

Boston College vs. Northeastern
Candace: If the Eagles ever get more disciplined on defense, they could become the team to beat in the East. Boston College 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: The Eagles haven’t displayed an ability to win twice in a week thus far, but they have managed to play five straight without losing. Boston College 4-3, 5-2

Saturday, Nov. 17

Clarkson at Princeton
Candace: Another game for the Golden Knights to keep pace with Cornell. Clarkson 3-0
Arlan: I think any Tigers victories this weekend will have to come from RIT. Clarkson 4-0

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Saints should carry a seven-game win streak into this game. After playing tough against Cornell, the Bobcats looked underwhelming last week. Honestly, you could flip a coin in this one. St. Lawrence 3-2
Arlan: I’d like the Saints better if this game was in Canton. Quinnipiac 2-1

New Hampshire at Maine
Candace: Every time I pick New Hampshire I lose, but I haven’t had much luck picking Maine this year either. Decisions, decisions…. New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: A little background … Maria Lewis was talking about the number of fans that turned out in Bemidji to support Maine on its only trip to the Midwest, and I mentioned that the Black Bears could also play in cities like St. Cloud or Mankato. She looked at me and said, “So we’re not good enough to play Minnesota?” I didn’t say that. But in case I subconsciously thought it, here’s a little support for her team. Maine 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18

North Dakota at Bemidji State
Candace: With the Lamoureux twins having skated in international competition last weekend, they could be even faster. Bad news for Bemidji. North Dakota 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: The Beavers may be the faster team, but UND has better finishers as it looks for its first Sanford Center sweep. North Dakota 3-1, 5-3

Sunday, Nov. 18

Providence at Vermont
Candace: Providence should rebound from losing to the Terriers to take this game. Providence 3-2
Arlan: The Friars seem to drop one game a season to the Catamounts. Vermont 4-2

Harvard at Boston University
Candace: Harvard is undefeated this year, but the Terriers are a notch above anyone the Crimson have played, and are at home. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Over the last couple of weeks, the Crimson have been off the ice while the Terriers have just been off. Harvard 2-1

St. Lawrence at Connecticut
Candace: Connecticut is still trying to establish some consistency. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: The Saints complete a whirlwind tour of three cities in three days. St. Lawrence 3-2

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Quinnipiac at New Hampshire
Candace: I hate picking games with New Hampshire. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Is this a new record for most games picked in a week? We’re probably due for another tie. Quinnipiac 4-3

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