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Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 10

For the last few years, I have won the picks race, usually edging Arlan out by a couple of games. The way things are shaping up right now, Arlan is winning in a walk. Last week, I went a respectable 17-4-1 (.795) to move to 155-54-21 (.719). Arlan however, went 19-2-1 (.886) to move to 164-45-21 (.758). Maybe I should invoke the mercy rule.

I’m going to try to chip back at this just to make my humiliation more acceptable.

Friday, Jan. 10

Yale at Dartmouth
Candace: Can the game against Boston University be a turnaround for Dartmouth? Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: I’m assuming Phoebe Staenz will be back with the Bulldogs after playing for her country last weekend. Yale 4-3

Brown at Harvard
Candace: I’m assuming that like against Cornell, Brown will keep it close. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: After falling to struggling Colgate on home ice, the second half looks bleak for Brown. Harvard 3-0

Quinnipiac at Rensselaer
Candace: Rensselaer is an enigma, but Quinnipiac has usually won when it should. Quinnipiac 3-0
Arlan: These are the type of road games that the Bobcats have lost in past years. Quinnipiac 2-0

Princeton at Union
Candace: Union has been better than last year, but it’s not enough. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: The Dutchwomen are improving, but their gains are more evident out of conference. Princeton 3-1

Syracuse at RIT
Candace: I’ll go with home ice and hope RIT doesn’t disappoint. RIT 2-1
Arlan: RIT went winless versus the Orange last year with a tie and three one-goal losses. Syracuse 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 10-11

Clarkson home-and-home with St. Lawrence
Candace: Last year, Clarkson lost its chance at a season sweep in the final game between the two. I don’t see it happening this year. Clarkson 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: It’s never over; the Saints have scored five extra-attacker goals this season. Clarkson 2-1, 3-0

Connecticut at Vermont
Candace: Connecticut has been better this year, but home ice should be worth a sweep. Vermont 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Catamounts have played eight straight decided by a goal or less; Huskies have lost their last seven. I sense overtime — each team has six OT games this season. Vermont 4-3, 1-0

Providence home-and-home with New Hampshire
Candace: Providence may have gotten over its dreadful November. New Hampshire 3-1, Providence 3-1
Arlan: After losing seven, winning three, and losing three, PC won on Sunday. UNH’s win on 12/8 broke a six-game skid. New Hampshire 3-1, 4-3

Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Minnesota State has the misfortune of playing in the WCHA. In other conferences, I think their record would be better. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: The Mavericks should be able to hold the score down, but their offense has been struggling to post big numbers. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-1

Ohio State at Minnesota
Candace: The Gopher train starts 2014 off golden. Minnesota 4-1, 4-0
Arlan: Look for the Buckeyes to score more often and commit fewer penalties in 2014. Minnesota 3-2, 4-1

Cornell at Mercyhurst
Candace: Mercyhurst really needs one of these games. Cornell 3-1, Mercyhurst 3-2
Arlan: The Lakers play possum so convincingly that even though I know they are going to win, I still can’t pick them. Cornell 4-3, 3-0

Saturday, Jan. 11

Brown at Dartmouth
Candace: Brown has trouble scoring. So does Dartmouth. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Six weeks ago, I’d have gone with Brown. Dartmouth 2-1

Yale at Harvard
Candace: I’ll take Emerance. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Harvard’s power play will be a factor in this one. Harvard 3-1

Princeton at Rensselaer
Candace: Can home ice pull RPI through? I’ve picked against Princeton at my peril this year. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: On home ice, RPI should come closer than the first meeting, although likely not close enough. Princeton 2-1

Quinnipiac at Union
Candace: The Bobcats keep the pressure on the conference leaders. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: The Bobcats have let a few ECAC points slip away, so they’ll need to secure these two. Quinnipiac 2-0

Boston University at Maine
Candace: Hockey East’s worst team should give BU a chance to get back to its winning ways. Boston University 3-1
Arlan: If the Terriers’ skaters don’t make more of an effort to defend their own net than they made at home versus BC, then they’ll lose at Maine as well. Boston University 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 11-12

Northeastern home and home with Boston College
Candace: The Eagles look awfully good on Wednesday against BU. They need to continue that level of play. One of these will be close. Boston College 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: It’s been a few years since Northeastern defeated BC outside of tournament play. Boston College 4-1, 5-3

North Dakota at Wisconsin
Candace: I’d like to pick North Dakota in one of these, but history says I’d be wrong, especially in Madison. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Can UND stop an unbeaten streak that is almost three months old? Even if they are without Alex Rigsby for another week, it’s tough to score on the Badgers. Wisconsin 3-2, 2-0

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Northeastern at Connecticut
Candace: The Huskies will win. Oh, you want me to pick one? Northeastern 3-1
Arlan: Games played in 2014 are adding up quickly for UConn. Northeastern 4-3

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  • Guest

    St. Lawrence will come away with 2 wins this weekend…I have seen Minnesota State play and they are dismal…It will be interesting to see how the second half of the season goes…I think the biggest thing to watch for is Clarkson…If they can’t stay out of the Penalty Box, they won’t go very far…

  • DontPlayWellFromBehind

    Cornell-Colorado College should be interesting if Cornell’s defense doesn’t have too many breakdowns.  If Cornell falls behind early it could turn into a blowout like the 2010 NCAA game against UNH (6-2) or the game at North Dakota in 2008 (7-3).

  • Jump_for_joy

     Cornell’s going to get swept. If they can’t beat UMass, they can’t be CC.

    • Guest

      Good call, genius.

      • Tma1

        Guess he’s not such a genius. Nice 3-1 win for CU

    • Anonymous

      Someone looks smart…

  • Nate Owen

    Whoops… forgot the RPI-Harvard pick. Let’s go with Harvard, 4-2.