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Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 30

Arlan and I had one of those exceptionally rare weeks last week where we all picked the same winners, hence we both went 10-2-1 (.807), to bring our season totals to 87-40-15 (.660) and 88-39-15 (.672) respectively. I still hold the narrow edge, but we aren’t picking the same this weekend, so who knows where we will be next week.

Friday, Nov. 30

Cornell at Clarkson
Candace: Probably the hardest game to pick all weekend long. I’d feel happier about picking Cornell if they were home, or if they hadn’t lost to Harvard last weekend, but I think they will win the best game of the weekend. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: The teams appear equal, so lets go by records: Clarkson is 7-0 at home, Cornell is 3-2 on the road. Clarkson 2-1

Dartmouth at Harvard
Candace: The Big Green played Cornell tough last weekend, then played down to Colgate the next night. This should be a good game, but Harvard has been rolling. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: Katey Stone didn’t like her team’s performance against Northeastern, but I thought the Crimson looked good, especially early in the game. Harvard 4-1

Rennselaer at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Engineers have too much trouble scoring. Quinnipiac 4-2
Arlan: The Engineers haven’t won since October. Quinnipiac 5-0

Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1

Robert Morris at Syracuse
Candace: The Orange have been playing well of late, but so have the Colonials. Robert Morris 4-3, 3-2
Arlan: I’ll gamble on a split, although that’s what cost me the lead in the picks standings. Syracuse 3-2, Robert Morris 3-1

Maine at Boston College
Candace: The Eagles continue to soar. Boston College 4-1, 5-1
Arlan: The Black Bears have been unable to plug into the mojo thus far. Boston College 7-1, 4-2

Boston University vs. Providence
Candace: The Terriers demolished the Friars a couple of weeks ago. Little changes. Boston University 5-1, 5-2
Arlan: First meeting didn’t inspire much confidence in the Friars’ cause; these games should be closer. Boston University 5-3, 3-0

Ohio State at Minnesota State
Candace: This might have been a harder series to pick a month ago. Ohio State 3-1, 4-2
Arlan: Tight games usually await the Buckeyes in Mankato. Ohio State 1-0, 4-3

RIT at North Dakota
Candace: Watch the highlights of NoDak’s games against Minnesota-Duluth to see how explosive they are. North Dakota 4-1, 6-1
Arlan: Tigers present potential trap games for UND nestled between Bulldogs and Badgers. North Dakota 6-2, 5-3

Saturday, Dec. 1

Cornell at St. Lawrence
Candace: The Big Red have a lot more firepower than Connecticut. Cornell 5-2
Arlan: Saints didn’t get much done in earlier contest with the Big Red. Cornell 4-2

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2

Northeastern vs. New Hampshire
Candace: The Whittemore has been the graveyard for better Hockey East teams than Northeastern, but I can’t pick against the Huskies in this one. Northeastern 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Wildcats are surprisingly close in the rankings, but Huskies have a big edge in scoring margin. Northeastern 4-2, 5-1

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State
Candace: Neither of these teams is the power they used to be, but the Bulldogs are better overall. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 5-2
Arlan: “Z” must have taken the key to Sanford Center with her, because the Beavers have been locked out at home thus far. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 2-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Candace: Another hard series to pick. The Gophers have been on a roll though, and Wisconsin is still getting its mojo back. Minnesota 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: The Badgers have only been swept in Ridder two times, both in the building’s first three years. Minnesota 2-0, 3-2

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Boston College at New Hampshire
Candace: Don’t think the Eagles will underestimate the Wildcats this time. Boston College 4-2
Arlan: The Eagles don’t have an easy time of it in Durham. Boston College 4-3

Dartmouth at Northeastern
Candace: Something tells me the Big Green have just enough. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: Should be a fun game to watch. Northeastern 3-2

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