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Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 23

It was a great weekend last week. At the same time that Arlan paid up for the six pack I won for winning last season’s picks, I got enough games right that I passed Arlan for the season. Last weekend, I went 17-5-3 (.711) to bring my season total to  78-37-14 (.658), while Arlan went 15-7-3 (.687) to move to 77-38-14 (.651). Let’s see what’s on tap for the weekend.

Friday, Nov. 23

Cornell at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth gave Cornell fits last year, but the Big Green aren’t as strong. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: Big Red’s goaltending situation is an unknown, but Dartmouth has been a bit iffy defensively. Cornell 5-3

Boston College at Quinnipiac
Candace: BC appears to be in a groove again. Boston College 4-1
Arlan: The Bobcats have been much better at home; don’t know what to expect from them on neutral ice. Boston College 6-3

Providence at Brown
Candace: I picked Brown to sweep last weekend and the Bears scored a single goal. Won’t make that mistake again. Providence 3-0
Arlan: The Friars have slowed a bit, but it’s tough to pick a team that doesn’t score. Providence 2-0

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24

Minnesota-Duluth at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota doesn’t usually do sweeps, but Minnesota-Duluth is a step below its usual level. North Dakota 4-3, 3-2
Arlan: Both UND and UMD look to be as healthy as they’ve been so far. North Dakota 2-1, 3-2

St. Cloud at Wisconsin
Candace: I see Wisconsin trending upward. Wisconsin 4-1, 5-1
Arlan: The Huskies didn’t show much versus the Bulldogs last weekend. Wisconsin 3-0, 5-1

Ohio State at Princeton
Candace: OSU has too many guns. Ohio State 5-1, 4-1
Arlan: Princeton is in the bottom third in both offense and defense. Ohio State 3-2, 4-2

Saturday, Nov. 24

Cornell at Harvard
Candace: Harvard is better than I thought, but doesn’t have enough. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: The ECAC race is tight; having Colgate as a travel partner could eventually hurt Cornell in these second games of the weekend. Cornell 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 24-25

Minnesota at New Hampshire
Candace: UNH is showing signs of life, but Ohio State thought that a few weeks ago before playing Minnesota. Minnesota 4-1, 5-1
Arlan: Doubt that we’ll see a repeat of last season when UNH was outscored 17-1. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Havard at Northeastern
Candace: Pre-Beanpot preview. I think the Crimson take it. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Wish I knew the result of Harvard’s game with Cornell before having to pick this one. Harvard 3-2

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  • Heights68

    Jim, the Eagles are 2 points ahead of BU! You make it appears as if it were 22. I am an Eagle and it is comments like this that explain why so many fans in HE shake their heads after reading your comments. Two weeks ago these teams played almost 4 periods of great  hockey and the loss was by 1 GOAL!

  • Emr9008

    What are the odds Kevin Sneddon gets axed as UVM coach after the season? 60%?

    • bronxbomberz41

      man he’s had a rough go of it these last couple years, ever since they lost the elder stahlberg.  i think theres a good change he gets fired, but if he doesn’t and turns in another season like this he’s gone.

    • VermontfaninNY

      Not high enough.

  • Jonidman

    “desimiation?”  Does this mean to become un-apemanlike?

  • Irish Spectre

    Having won a paltry 3 out of 23 games in the conference going into the weekend, Vermont was a made-to-order opponent for the character challenged Terriers after the week they had.  Frankly, the other way to look at it would be to suggest that BU needing OT on Sat. to beat an anemic UVM means that they ARE in fact showing the effects of their unhappy extracurriculars.

    Save the hat-tipping until first seeing how BU fares this final, upcoming weekend vs. Northeastern, which has a habit of rising to BU games to begin with, and is fighting for its playoff life to boot!

    • BG

      Or you could look at the fact that they pulled the goalie, scored to tie the game, and win in OT was a character defining moment.

      UVM has beaten 3 top-10 teams this year, a W is not a given.  BU beat UVM 5-0 the night before if you were looking for a beatdown.

  • SDS

    If Northeastern does not make the HE playoffs, they will do so despite beating Michigan in Ann Arbor, Minnesota in Minneapolis (NU winning the Mariucci Classic), and sweeping a pair from Notre Dame in South Bend, when UND was ranked #2. Ouch.