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Women’s D-I picks: March 1

Hey Arlan, thanks for playing! However, for the second consecutive year, I held off Arlan in the last month of the season to claim our season picks race and win a six pack of microbrew! Yahoo!!! Last weekend, I went 15-1-5 (.833), while Arlan went 13-3-5 (.738). I finished the regular season 234-71-32 (.741), while Arlan finished 231-74-32 (.732).

Arlan doesn’t pick in the playoffs, so I restart my season and see how I do in the playoffs, then give you final count after the Frozen Four in March. Here we go!!!

Friday, March 1

Maine at Boston College
I imagine the Eagles are still kicking themselves for putting 54 shots on net against Vermont and only getting a tie. If the BC offense is that explosive here, it could get ugly. Boston College 5-1

Friday-Saturday, March 1-2

Penn State at RIT
I finally started to get a handle on picking the Tigers in mid-January. Penn State will play this close, but I think will fall short in both games. RIT 3-2, 3-1

Lindenwood at Robert Morris
Oh how the defending champs have fallen. Lindenwood swept the Colonials at home a couple of weeks ago, and split with them at RMU back in January. This might be an upset. Lindenwood 3-2, Robert Morris 3-2, Lindenwood 4-3

Rensselaer at Clarskon
The Golden Knights have their swagger back, and while one game is close, expect this to be a sweep. Clarkson 3-1, 4-1

Colgate at Cornell
I’d bet a house on this series, even if Colgate has surprised a few teams this year. Cornell 4-1, 5-1

Dartmouth at Harvard
The Crimson stumbled badly last weekend, and Dartmouth has been playing well. This series will go the distance. Dartmouth 2-1, Harvard 3-2, Harvard 2-1

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
Another tough series to predict. Probably will go the distance, and home ice will be the difference. Quinnipiac 3-2, St. Lawrence 2-1, Quinnipiac 2-1

Ohio State at Minnesota-Duluth
The Buckeyes finally got wins last weekend, but I think the Bulldogs are playing a bit better right now. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 4-3

Bemidji State at Minnesota
The Beavers threw a scare into the Gophers a couple of weeks ago, coming closer than anybody else to ruining Minnesota’s untied and unbeaten record. Expect the Gophers to come out flying. Minnesota 4-1, 5-0

Minnesota State at North Dakota
The Mavericks have shown definite improvement this year, but it ends here. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1

St. Cloud at Wisconsin
The Huskies have also shown improvement, but don’t have the offense to beat Alex Rigsby in the playoffs. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-2

Saturday, March 2

Connecticut at Boston University
The Huskies threw a scare into the Terriers last weekend, but expect BU to come out strong. Boston University 4-2

Vermont at Northeastern
If Roxanne Douville makes 53 saves again, all bets are off. Northeastern 3-2

Providence at New Hampshire
In three games this year between the two, there were two ties. Expect overtime, possibly many of them. New Hampshire 3-2

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  • KAW

    Here’s the key statistic for me: Western has outscored opponents 14-3 in the first period. If they strike first, then they can both silence the Yost crowd and get in Hunwick’s head. (Michigan’s loss this season and Western’s playoff win last season both involved Hunwick melting down.) I think if the Broncos step it up in the first period they can control the weekend with a strong defense.

    • CIS

      Agreed, though last year it was partly a result of Michigan not respecting WMU enough.  That won’t be the case now.  However, getting Hunwick and his Napolean Complex on tilt will make it very hard for Michigan to get control of the game(s).

      • Guest

        That’s “Tiny Jesus” to you. :)

  • Kuhn&Friends

    I appreciate your disclaimer Paula about the WMU UM game and I do hope you are wrong. If nothing else this week and the explosion of your boards have shown us UM and WMU have the two most rabid fan bases in the CCHA.

    • KAW

      I think the hostility of both rinks proves that.

      • David

        Did Western make another lame website to show the college hockey world that they matter?

        • CIS

          Wow.  That was totally unnecessary.  Now, Timmy, you won’t make any friends acting like that.

        • TA

          maybe..but they just ended the 19 game winning streak at YOST..

        • 81GRRBRONCO

          Davey………We used the website in the summertime.  Now that the Hockey Season is here, we’ll let our team’s play provide the evidence that we’re not going away.

  • CIS

    Paula,

    That is a good article, thanks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HVM5QWREKL5ZTSPY6HF2V2UPO4 Neil

    Hunwick doesn’t like to get rattled…they did that at the playoffs; crash the net, get that agressive body up front.. the little things. He’s only 5’7″ and he needs the defense to give him the room to play the puck and the Broncos can take advantage and try to score just outside the crease. KAW you have it right…..score early, score often,score in close…and for hockey sake don’t give them an inch, we don’t want to lose in one of the 12 second overtime games like last year.GO BRONCOS.

  • KAW

    UM 4-3, 4-2
    NOPE! Wrong again.

  • Kuhn&Friends

    remember remember the 5th of november….sweep hopes still alive

  • Go Broncos

    If WMU wins again tonight, it will be the first time EVER Western has achieved a sweep at Yost arena.  Here’s to a history making night!

  • streaker

    Woof woof woof. No WMU sweep this time. Hats off to the Broncos, dominated the weekend, earned at least three points.  

  • Davyd83

    Paula, please keep picking Northern Michigan to lose. Your picks would have them 2-8-0 on the season. You have them 1-5-0 at home where they are undefeated (3-0-3). 

  • Curious?

    Why is it so hard for you guys to give Colgate any Credit for the accomplisments achived so far this year without ending in a cheap shot? Oh Ye of little faith!

    • http://twitter.com/SullivanHockey Brian Sullivan

      How is it a “cheap shot” to fret over Colgate’s currently mono-dimensional offense?

      • Maine-iac

        The compliment (Colgate’s offense) comes out as back-handed (IMHO), with your Note: and your above reply.  Colgate has 3 of top 6 goal scorers in ECAC play and 5 of top 18.  Chris Wagner is tied for 2nd in ECAC with 5 goals … the same or more than the leaders of 9 of the ECAC’s other 11 teams, I think.  No … not mono-dimensional.  Yes, clearly headed by Austin’s terrific season.

  • Sshablak

    Unreal…You do have something against Colgate !!

    • Anonymous

      Hey, all he’s saying is that most of the scoring is coming from one guy. Think about it this way. Aren’t you worried what happens to your team if Smith gets hurt? Yeah Wagner has been playing well, but it’d likely be the difference between your current 2nd place standing and maybe fighting for your fourth place spot. You guys wouldn’t be bad by any means, you just wouldn’t be top of the ECAC either in all likelihood.

    • http://twitter.com/SullivanHockey Brian Sullivan

      I have nothing against anyone in this league, though it’s funny that people think I do. I just call ‘em like I see ‘em, and when one player – in this case, Smith – accounts for 40 percent of your (league) goals (and a third of the Raiders’ overall goals), it indicates a few things: it’s a great season for Smith, obviously, and Colgate is surely giddy over his production so far. But it also shows that even with all the opponents’ eyes on Smith, the ‘Gate’s other forwards have been unable to capitalize to the tune of significant secondary goal-scoring.

  • burgie12

    Princeton and Yale are travel partners?

    It was the Princeton-Quinnipiac set both years, by the way.

    • http://twitter.com/SullivanHockey Brian Sullivan

      Duh; fixed. My mistake.

  • red133883

    I think Colgate’s scoring is a two headed horse.  Wagner and Smith.  Look at how many assists Wagner has, they work well together.

    • NotHarvard

      Teams have primary offense and secondary offense.  1st line is doing their part Smith-Wagner-Wilson. Mayer-Firman-Prockow are also doing their part and coming on strong.  When Bartliff gets that will also add to scoring depth.  TO say nothing of all of the D and both goalies.  Sully, If Gate had on Harvard uni’s they’d be the number 1 team in the country in your book. 

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