College Hockey:
Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 14

Well, I gained back two more games on Arlan, so perhaps I’ll make my loss in the season picks race respectable after all. last week, I went 14-3-6 to move to 239-77-40 on the year, while Arlan went 12-5-6 to 246-70-40 on the year.

Perhaps I can shoot for only a four-game deficit by the end of the year. We’re picking most of the games this week too, so who knows.

Friday, Feb. 14

St. Lawrence at Dartmouth
Candace: St. Lawrence is looking to gain some ground in the ECAC race, and keep momentum after the win over Quinnipiac. Dartmouth has improved, but not enough. St. Lawrence 3-2
Arlan: Dartmouth is getting better; SLU is getting better. Guess that means the Saints are a slight favorite. St. Lawrence 3-2

Clarkson at Harvard
Candace: I think I could flip a coin and pick this game with more accuracy. The Crimson held Clarkson’s high-flying offense in check back in November; can they do it again? I need to gain ground, however, so since Arlan picked Harvard, Clarkson it is. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: The favorite in this game changes just about every week. Harvard 2-1

Yale at Quinnipiac
Candace: Quinnipiac blew it last week after tying Clarkson. They’ll be at home, and need the win. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Vital points for both the Bulldogs and the Bobcats, but the latter are at home. Quinnipiac 2-0

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15

Robert Morris at RIT
Candace: Robert Morris swept the Tigers in two close games back in December. However, RMU hasn’t won in February, so I’ll give the Tigers the benefit of the doubt in the Friday game. RIT 3-2, Robert Morris 3-2
Arlan: RMU is only one game better than RIT in 2014. Probably a split, so I’ll let Candace guess at the order. Robert Morris 2-1, 4-3

Ohio State at Bemidji State
Candace: Bemidji got a win and a tie in Ohio back in the first half, but hasn’t won since Jan. 11. Coincidentally, that date was when OSU turned around its season by tying and winning a shootout against Minnesota. Ohio State 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: I predict there will be zero bench-clearing brawls. Ohio State 4-2, 2-1

Minnesota at Wisconsin
Candace: It doesn’t pay to pick against Minnesota, but I’ll give Wisconsin the win in the Fill the Bowl game Saturday. Minnesota 3-2, Wisconsin 2-1
Arlan: The Badgers likely take something, but the last two seasons have shown there is no percentage in predicting a Gophers’ loss. Minnesota 2-1, 1-0

Saturday, Feb. 14

Clarkson at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth isn’t a gimme, but the Golden Knights should come through. Clarkson 4-2
Arlan: No matter the result of their Friday game at Harvard, the Golden Knights will have to refocus quickly. Clarkson 4-1

St. Lawrence at Harvard
Candace: I see no road to an upset in this one. Harvard 2-1
Arlan: The Crimson are 14-2-1 versus the Saints over the last seven seasons. Harvard 3-1

Yale at Princeton
Candace: Princeton looked awfully good last weekend. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: Yale is battling, but this will be a tough road game. Princeton 3-2

Cornell at Rensselaer
Candace: The Big Red will keep pace in the ECAC. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: If the Big Red get help from Clarkson or SLU, they could claim a fifth straight ECAC title despite losing to both Harvard and Clarkson last month. Cornell 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 14-15

Providence home-and-home with Boston University
Candace: Boston University looked good against Harvard, but made a big mistake that cost them in OT. I think the Terriers, playing at home, should come through. Boston University 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: For much of the season, Providence had defensive issues. Now the Friars are struggling to score. Boston University 5-1, 3-2

Boston College at Maine
Candace: The Eagles had a Beanpot hangover last weekend against Connecticut, so I think they’ll be extra on guard against that this weekend. Boston College 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Eagles should survive both the bus trip and the Black Bears. Boston College 2-1, 6-2

Connecticut at Northeastern
Candace: Northeastern has been one of the hotter teams in the country of late. Northeastern 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: A Beanpot hangover is possible, and Connecticut is .500 over its last 10 games, but I’ll stick with the percentages. Northeastern 3-2, 2-1

Vermont at New Hampshire
Candace: I’ve done dreadfully in picking New Hampshire games, so I’ll agree with Arlan’s picks so I don’t lose any more ground. Vermont 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: After a three-game winning streak at home, UNH has now lost six straight overall. Vermont 2-1, 4-2

Minnesota State at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota is really missing some of its players who are in Sochi, but should come through. North Dakota 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: This series is not the slam dunk it might seem. North Dakota 1-0, 3-1

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  • WatchTheGameFilm

    I like your enthusiasm for Cornell but their un-Schafer-esque way of giving up third period goals this year has me wondering.  Blowing a 3-0 lead at Princeton sucks balls.

    • Anonymous

      True, but that was one of our worst games all season. Did you watch the weekend series at CC? It’s basically a tale of two teams. Including the one that just doesn’t give up goals at Lynah.

      • WatchTheGameFilm

        Well, they haven’t played at Lynah in a month and a half so I don’t know if we can expect the streak to carry over.  I didn’t actually see the games at CC.  I listened online.  The most remarkable thing to me is that the team came back on Saturday night.  Usually when they fall behind to the faster teams the defense gets really spotty.  Anyway, CC did well on the power play as did Harvard back in November.  After the first period of that game they really limited Cornell’s shots (as did Dartmouth).  I’m a pessimist by nature when it comes to sports.  Harvard’s and Dartmouth’s coaches know our game plan (it rarely changes) and they have shown the ability to win at Lynah in the past.  

        • Anonymous

          Very true, but always bet on the Red at Lynah. Historically the team has a 70%+ winning percentage at home. I was at Hobey for the Princeton fiasco and it seemed like the team started playing a different game when they let up the goal. Primary thing is that this team has a lot of talent and speed that it hasn’t had before. The freshman class is probably the best in the country and as they’ve proved they can go end to end with the best teams in the country. They should beat Harvard and Dartmouth, but anything can happen on this weekend, so while I’m not as bullish as Brian, I can see why he’s so confident

          • WatchTheGameFilm

            Everything I was afraid would happen happened – and we escape with the win.

  • CornellPropagandaTrain

    Sullivan, sometime I wonder how you even still have this job. Clarkson scored 7 goals last weekend and out-shot Brown by a factor of 2, how is that a weak offense?  Tech has only allowed two goals from powerhouse North Dakota two games before, and though they did loose to Maine and Cornell they did so without the help of Hobey Baker Candidate Paul Karpowich. Is that what you mean by the “goal-tending be a no-show,” when he physically wasn’t there?

     The only one that is on the brink of a mathematical elimination is you, Sullivan. Where’s Owen when we need a competent sports blogger?

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

      A) Clarkson has only scored 20 goals in its last nine games, and has only scored more than two in a game three times in that stretch (2-5-2 over that period). It’s not the least consistent offense I’ve ever seen, but it certainly qualifies as both weak and inconsistent.

      B) The Knights allowed 31 goals over the same stretch, surrendering 3+ goals in a game seven times. Furthermore, I didn’t call out Karpowich specifically – I know he’s been under the weather.

      C) If you are such a sharp cookie, where was your application when the job of co-correspondent was advertised a few months ago?

  • kdiff77

    Not to nitpick, Nate, but Brown and Q’pac tied last weekend. 

    • http://twitter.com/Nate_Owen41 Nate Owen

      You’re right.. mix up on my part.

  • BW Parker

    Anyone know what happened to nationally ranked Colgate goalie Alex Evin, who is not with the team?   The Raiders are getting whipped and their backup netminder is a walk-on from the rowing team!

    • http://twitter.com/Nate_Owen41 Nate Owen

      I believe he was sick/injured but is starting tonight.

  • Lilwright6

    RPI with the shutout of Brown and shuting out Yale now!

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