Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 29

Arlan and I waited for the first round to be complete before picking the next round of the Nutmeg, though we could have picked it right away, since our picks for the first round were (barely) accurate.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Yale at Connecticut
Candace: Connecticut looked good in the first round against Clarkson, but I like the Bulldogs in this one. Yale 3-2
Arlan: Connecticut likely threw its best punch versus Clarkson. Yale 3-1

Clarkson versus Quinnipiac
Candace: Quinnipiac won this game last week, and the Bobcats looked better in the first round. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: Likely a stupid pick with how the semis went, but I have a hunch that this game plays out differently that when these two met the first time. Clarkson 3-2

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 28

Last week, Arlan and I were even, both going 14-4-4 (.727). On the year, I am 126-39-22 (.732) while Arlan is 122-43-22 (.711). I’m holding on to a slim lead.

Friday, Nov. 28

Harvard at Boston College
Candace: It could be close, or not. Boston College 4-1
Arlan: My question regarding Harvard is not if it will start to play better, only when. Boston College 3-1

Ohio State at Robert Morris
Candace: Colonials games are torture to pick. Ohio State 3-2
Arlan: Likely a close game, but I think the Buckeyes avenge last year’s loss. Ohio State 2-1

Clarkson at Connecticut
Candace: The Golden Knights look to rebound. Clarkson 5-2
Arlan: The Nutmeg teams would get more trophies if they invited a softer fourth. Clarkson 3-0

Quinnipiac vs. Yale
Candace: I want to pick Yale, but can’t bring myself to. Quinnipiac 4-2
Arlan: Interesting measuring stick for the Bobcats, as Yale played BC three days before. Quinnipiac 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State
Candace: I really don’t want to pick this one. Since I have no idea who will win on what night, I’ll call a sweep. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: One of the most important series remaining in 2014. Bemidji State 1-0, Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

RIT at Rennselaer
Candace: I don’t think the Engineers have enough weapons to hurt the Tigers. RIT 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: I don’t remember a season where the availability of key players was in question so often. Will Ali Binnington play? RIT 2-1, 2-1

Wisconsin at New Hampshire
Candace: Will the Badgers go for a BC-like beatdown? Wisconsin 4-1, 5-0
Arlan: Since thumping Vermont, the Wildcats have been outscored 21-2 in three games versus Boston schools. Wisconsin 6-1, 4-0

Providence vs. Brown home-and-home
Candace: The Friars have shown signs of life, as have the Bears. I like home ice in each. Brown 3-2, Providence 2-1
Arlan: After a dreadful start, the Friars have rebounded with a 2-2-2 stretch. Brown 4-2, Providence 5-4

Saturday, Nov. 29

Boston University at Dartmouth
Candace: The Big Green seem to have come back to reality. Boston University 5-2
Arlan: Dartmouth scored 19 goals in its four wins, but only tallied once in dropping the last two. Boston University 4-2

Harvard at Northeastern
Candace: I don’t think Vermont is quite the caliber that the Crimson are. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: Would have expected these teams to be better than one game over .500 combined. Harvard 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 29-30

Maine at Vermont
Candace: Vermont looked awful against Northeastern, but I still think the Catamounts have it. Vermont 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Maine is a puzzle; in two-game series, it held Mercyhurst to three goals and Qunnipiac to six, but Brown scored 10. Vermont is suddenly a mess defensively, yielding 30 goals over its last six — while strangely holding BC to four. Vermont 3-2, 2-0

St. Cloud State at North Dakota
Candace: While the Huskies are getting better and UND is in a funk, home ice equals a sweep. North Dakota 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Huskies’ play is improving, but they’ve been blanked in four straight games. North Dakota 3-0, 2-1

Minnesota at Princeton
Candace: 12-1-2 has people wondering what’s wrong with the Gophers; shows you how amazing they’ve been. Minnesota 4-1, 4-0
Arlan: Switching venues should make the results closer than last year’s 15-1 combined result. Minnesota 4-1, 3-0

Monday, Dec. 1

Mercyhurst at Cornell
Candace: I would have picked up more games on Arlan if I had picked Mercyhurst earlier; why not now? Mercyhurst 3-2
Arlan: Though the record may not show it, I think this is the best team the Lakers have seen thus far. Cornell 2-1

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Dartmouth at Harvard
Candace: This should be close, but I think home ice prevails. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: Pivotal conference points for both clubs. Harvard 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 23

ECAC jockeying
As ECAC Hockey teams try to work out the kinks, squads are fighting to establish position in the standings. No. 4 Quinnipiac has the early jump and is the lone remaining team unbeaten in league play.

The Bobcats claimed a key early-season showdown from No. 5 Clarkson on Friday, 1-0. Emma Woods beat Shea Tiley high to the blocker side for the only goal 13:39 into the second period. Chelsea Laden needed 15 saves to garner her seventh shutout.

On Saturday against S. Lawrence, Woods fired a low shot that eluded the glove of Carmen MacDonald to give Quinnipiac a first-period lead. The Saints bounced back with two goals in the second period, to hand the Bobcats their first deficit of the season. Brooke Webster buried a rebound before Jenna Marks converted off a feed from behind the goal. Midway through the third period, Nicole Connery redirected a centering pass from Morgan Fritz-Ward to yield a 2-2 tie, the first blemish on Quinnipiac’s ECAC slate, after it had won its first five league contests. The Bobcats have a game in hand as they are tied with Clarkson atop the conference, both having 11 points.

St. Lawrence slides into third place on the strength of the tie and a Friday win over fourth-place Princeton, 7-3. Marks had a goal and two assists, Webster scored twice, while Kayla Raniwsky and Kirsten Padalis had two-point games.

Clarkson salvaged two points out of the weekend with a 3-2 win on Saturday at Princeton. Amanda Titus had two points, assisting on Shannon MacAulay’s third-period game-winner, after opening the scoring 10 minutes into the game.

To be continued in February
No. 6 Harvard took a break from league action to travel to No. 7 Boston University, where the clubs skated to a 1-1 tie; they will meet on Feb. 3 in a Beanpot semifinal. On Friday, the teams exchanged power-play goals. Miye D’Oench struck for the Crimson with 7:48 elapsed; Samantha Sutherland netted the tying goal just past the halfway point. Emerance Maschmeyer needed 34 saves to preserve the tie for Harvard, while Victoria Hanson was less busy making 16 stops.

The Terriers concluded their weekend by dusting New Hampshire, 6-2. All but one of the game’s goals were scored on the power play, with BU converting on five of nine opportunities. Sarah Lefort had a hat trick and assisted on one of Victoria Bach’s pair of goals. Marie-Philip Poulin had three helpers, after having only one in her season to date.

One step forward, two steps back
Cornell drew within a game of the .500 mark with a 3-1 win over Colgate on Tuesday, with Erin O’Connor tallying the deciding goal in the opening minute of the third period. Then the Big Red were swept on the road at No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth, 7-2 and 2-0.

The Bulldogs have now won nine straight after opening 1-4-2. Senior Zoe Hickel netted three goals on the weekend. Ashleigh Brykaliuk scored in both games and Sidney Morin had four points in the series. Kayla Black earned the 22-save shutout.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
The other ranked teams in action took care of business with sweeps of unranked opponents.

No. 1 Boston College yielded the first goal of the series to Connecticut’s Marisa Maccario, but cruised to 6-1 and 6-0 wins from there. Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa both had three-goal weekends with an assist; Emily Pfalzer contributed four helpers.

Second-ranked Minnesota also allowed a single goal in sweeping Minnesota State, 5-1 and 4-0. Dani Cameranesi led with a hat trick on Friday and added another goal on Saturday. Hannah Brandt included three goals in her five-point series.

Ann-Renée Desbiens turned in back-to-back shutouts in No. 3 Wisconsin’s sweep of St. Cloud State, 4-0 and 3-0. Brittany Ammerman was heavily involved in the attack with two goals and three assists.

No. 8 Mercyhurst twice dispatched RIT by 4-1 scores. Emily Janiga had five points, with two of them being goals.

Other action
Northeastern got its offense going at Vermont’s expense, 7-3 and 5-1, scoring the first three goals in each contest. Hayley Scamura netted a hat trick in the first game. McKenna Brand scored the first two goals on Sunday after she had a three-point effort in the opener.

After not tasting victory in its first dozen skates, Providence has now come through with a win on back-to-back weekends. The Friars fell at Maine, 4-3, on Saturday; Jennifer More scored twice for the Black Bears. Beth Hanrahan’s short-handed goal with 17 seconds left in overtime salvaged a split via a 2-1 triumph for PC on Sunday.

Lindenwood also got a road split, winning its second contest at Penn State, 2-1, after suffering a 3-0 loss in the opener. Celine Whitlinger stopped all 21 shots on Friday and Laura Bowman had a goal and an assist. Alyssa West’s first goal of the season allowed Lindenwood to claim a comeback win on the rare day when Nicole Hensley only faced 11 shots.

Syracuse and Robert Morris split their series with ties, 2-2 and 1-1. In game one, Stephanie Grossi put the Orange ahead early, but Rikki Meilleur responded less than two minutes later. Mackenzie Johnston gave the Colonials a second-period lead that lasted all of 62 seconds until Melissa Piacentini forged a lasting deadlock. On Saturday, Julie Knerr struck three minutes in for Syracuse, but Johnston scored the game-tying goal on a second-period power play. Jessica Dodds made 64 stops on the weekend for RMU; Jenn Gilligan turned in 20 each day.

Ohio State came back from a two-goal deficit on Friday at North Dakota thanks to a pair of late tallies by Claudia Kepler, including a tying goal with two seconds left. Amy Menke and Andrea Dahlen had staked UND to a lead. The Buckeyes won the shootout to gain the extra point after the 2-2 tie. North Dakota bounced back with a 4-3 win on Saturday. Menke had a goal and two assists.

For some reason, Yale thought it would be a good idea to schedule Sacred Heart and won, 13-0, with a 74-6 bulge in shots. Jamie Haddad and Aurora Kennedy had hat tricks.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 21

Arlan picked up two more games on me last week, as I went 17-7-1 to move to 112-35-18, while Arlan went 19-5-1 to move to 108-39-17. I don’t like it when my lead gets so low, so let’s see if I can pick up a few more this weekend.

Friday, Nov. 21

St. Lawrence at Princeton
Candace: Will the Saints follow last weekend’s success with a clunker? Hmm. St. Lawrence 3-2
Arlan: The Tigers have the better record and are at home, but the home team lost both meetings last year, and Rutter ranks the two quite closely. Sigh. Princeton 3-2

Clarkson at Quinnipiac
Candace: This looks to be the Bobcats’ first loss of the year. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: This figures to be the Bobcats’ toughest game to date, as only one previous opponent (Penn State) has more than four wins. I suspect a 1-1 tie. Clarkson 2-1

Harvard at Boston University
Candace: I’m going with Poulin in this game, and think Harvard might not be quite as good as thought. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Both of these teams figure to be much better by the Beanpot. Harvard 5-3

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 21-22

RIT at Mercyhurst
Candace: I’ve gotten burned twice so far picking against the Lakers. No more. Mercyhurst 5-2, 4-3
Arlan: Two top-five defenses clash. Mercyhurst 2-1, 1-0

Lindenwood at Penn State
Candace: Overtime in one, or both, games wouldn’t surprise me, but I like the Nittany Lions to get their second sweep this season. Penn State 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: I think Lindenwood gets at least a point, but I don’t see it as a favorite in either game. Penn State 1-0, 2-0

Syracuse at Robert Morris
Candace: The Colonials have been mostly dreadful this season. I’m not sure if home ice is enough. I have no idea of the order of wins for a split, so I’m picking the Orange to sweep. Syracuse 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Syracuse has twice had a swing of six goals or more from the first game of a series to the second; RMU has twice had a four-goal swing. Syracuse 4-3, Robert Morris 3-2

Connecticut vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: I actually do think the Eagles hit double figures in at least one. Boston College 11-1, 7-2
Arlan: I don’t think the Eagles will hit double figures this week. Boston College 9-0, 8-2

Wisconsin at St. Cloud State
Candace: The Badgers looked like they woke up again last week. Wisconsin 4-1, 5-1
Arlan:  Last weekend, the Huskies started a stretch that sees them play nine of 11 games against ranked opponents, and the other two are against a North Dakota squad that just dropped out of the rankings. Wisconsin 6-1, 4-0

Ohio State at North Dakota
Candace: Like Arlan, I wish a speedy recovery to Lisa Marvin. Except for a tie/shootout win over Wisconsin, North Dakota hasn’t won since mid-October. Nevertheless, I’m going there. North Dakota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: My thoughts and best wishes go out to North Dakota sophomore Lisa Marvin, injured this week in an automobile accident. North Dakota 2-1, 4-3

Cornell at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: I think Cornell might actually pick up a win here, but until I see more consistency, I am leery of picking them. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: Does Cornell want payback for 2010 final? Nah, those players are all gone. Will UMD be sky high for this series? Tough Bemidji State up next. Cornell has won three straight, but the win over Colgate wasn’t very encouraging. UMD has won seven straight, but all over opponents with losing records. Cornell has a losing record, so I’ll take that as a sign. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 22

Clarkson at Princeton
Candace: The Tigers are closing the first half with a brutal stretch. Clarkson 4-1
Arlan: The Golden Knights have been very solid defensively over the last month. Clarkson 2-1

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
Candace: Which Saints squad shows up? If this was in Canton, I might pick differently. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: Might just as well flip a coin when these two play. Quinnipiac 2-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 22-23

Providence at Maine
Candace: The Black Bears didn’t look so hot last time out, and Providence finally got a win. However, I’m going with home ice until I see more from the Friars. Maine 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Black Bears were only off for one week, but it feels longer. Maine 3-1, 2-1

Vermont at Northeastern
Candace: Flip a Coyne. If Kendall wakes up, this pick may haunt me. Vermont 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Seems like a battle for third place, although Vermont currently trails Providence and both are behind Maine, so who knows. Northeastern 4-3, Vermont 3-1

New Hampshire at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers have Poulin back, which is bad news for New Hampshire. Boston University 5-2
Arlan: The Terriers have won the last six meetings. Boston University 5-3

Monday, Nov. 24

Minnesota at St. Cloud State
Candace: This could be a blowout. Look for the Gophers to come out flying. Minnesota 4-1
Arlan: The Gophers and Huskies meet in Edina in the Hockey Hall of Fame Game, the first of five scheduled meetings of the two squads. Minnesota 3-1

Tuesday Nov. 25

Quinnipiac at Princeton
Candace: Another potential tough out for the Bobcats, but I think they pull it out. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: The Tigers make it (potentially) three straight opponents with winning records for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Boston College at Yale
Candace: I think the Bulldogs are better than they’ve shown, but the Eagles might be even better still. Boston College 6-2
Arlan: Yale might be one of the better skating teams BC has faced, but the Bulldogs haven’t managed to defeat their stronger opponents. Boston College 7-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 16

Nobody’s perfect
The last two teams with perfect records, No. 4 Harvard and No. 10 Dartmouth, journeyed to the North Country, and each went winless on the trip.

The Big Green fell twice, 2-1 at St. Lawrence and 3-0 at No. 7 Clarkson. Kennedy Marchment’s second-period goal proved decisive on Friday, after she had earlier assisted on Amanda Boulier’s power-play tally. Dartmouth’s attempt to rally only produced Laura Stacey’s fourth goal of the year. Carmen MacDonald made 27 saves to take the win.

On Saturday in Potsdam, the Big Green offense continued to sputter, with Shea Tiley turning away 24 shots in earning the fourth shutout of her debut season. Shannon MacAuley assisted on Cayley Mercer’s goal in the final minute of the first period, and then MacAuley scored two of her own late in the game.

The Golden Knights began the weekend by escaping a two-goal hole to tie Harvard, 2-2. Haley Mullins and Sydney Daniels staked the Crimson to their lead by the halfway point, but Olivia Howe reduced the margin at 19:24 of the second period. Renata Fast tied it up after the intermission, and that’s how it ended.

Both the Saints and the Crimson got their offenses clicking on Saturday, and Kayla Raniwsky scored 66 seconds into overtime to give SLU a 5-4 triumph. Miye D’Oench forced OT when she broke in and placed a snipe under the bar with less than two minutes left in regulation. Samantha Reber had a goal and two helpers to pace Harvard’s offense. St. Lawrence got two goals and an assist from Jenna Marks and three assists by Jacqueline Wand.

Still unbeaten
No. 1 Boston College and No. 5 Quinnipiac have yet to lose, with the only blemish on the record of each being a single tie.

The Eagles drubbed New Hampshire twice, 10-0 and 5-0, in a home-and-home series. Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa each had a trio of goals to go with three helpers over the 120 minutes. Kristyn Capizzano and Tori Sullivan also had two-goal games. Katie Burt played five of the periods in net and saved all 24 shots she faced.

No. 5 Quinnipiac continued its march through overmatched opponents by dismantling Rensselaer, 6-1, and Union, 5-0. Erica Udén Johansson powered the offense with three points in each contest, including three goals on the weekend. Nicole Connery hit the net twice in the victory over the Engineers. Coach Rick Seeley described his team’s effort against RPI as “sloppy,” but he felt the domination of the Dutchwomen may have been one of his club’s “best 60 minutes of the year.” The Bobcats outshot Union, 63-8, including not yielding a shot on goal in the opening period.

Winless no more
Cornell started to find the range in skating to home wins over Brown, 5-1, and Yale, 6-2. Brianne Jenner and Jillian Saulnier tallied twice, Erin O’Connor had three primary assists, and Paul Voorheis recorded 22 saves in toppling the Bears. Taylor Woods made her first start on defense and responded with two goals, and O’Connor had three more points as five of the six defensemen got onto the score sheet against Yale; Emily Fulton led the forwards with three helpers.

Providence tasted victory for the first time on Saturday, stopping Northeastern by a 4-1 decision. Allie Morse made 42 saves and received offensive support from goal scorers Allison Micheletti, Brittney Thunstrom, Cassidy Carels, and Beth Hanrahan. The Huskies got revenge on Sunday with a 6-2 reversal, sparked by two goals and an assist by Kendall Coyne and three helpers from Heather Mottau.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 3 Wisconsin unleashed an offensive barrage in pummeling Minnesota State, the last remaining winless team, 8-2 and 8-0. Annie Pankowski’s hat trick highlighted Thursday’s game. Sydney McKibbon led in the goal-scoring department with two on Friday in support of Jorie Walters’ 18-save shutout. Blayre Turnbull contributed three points in each outing.

No. 6 Boston University had its week get off to a shaky start when it dropped a 6-3 decision on home ice to Northeastern on Tuesday. Coyne netted a hat trick and added two assists; McKenna Brand had the first two-goal game of her young career. The Terriers regrouped by sweeping Connecticut in a home-and-home series and got Marie-Philip Poulin back from injury in the process. Maddie Elia’s second goal of the game with 30 seconds remaining nudged BU to a 3-2 victory in the first game. Poulin scored twice in the 4-2 win at home on Sunday, and Victoria Bach potted a goal in all three games on the week.

No. 2 Minnesota rebounded from its first series loss in over four years with a sweep of Ohio State by 4-2 and 5-3 scores. Both teams had players break out of scoring slumps. OSU’s Taylor Kuehl scored her first three goals of the year, with two of them coming on Friday. After not finding the net in a month, Minnesota’s Meghan Lorence broke out with a four-goal series, including a hat trick on Saturday. Teammate Kate Schipper moved from center to wing and responded with a goal and an assist in each skate, her first goals as a sophomore, and Rachael Bona had a five-point weekend. Buckeyes Sara Schmitt and Claudia Kepler had a goal and two assists in the series.

Also traveling to Columbus was No. 8 Mercyhurst for a Tuesday night game with Ohio State. The Lakers squelched OSU’s offense, holding it to 16 shots in goaltender Amanda Makela’s fifth shutout of the season. Sarah Robello, Hannah Bale, and Jenna Dingeldein supplied the goals in the 3-0 victory, with Dingeldein hitting an empty net.

No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth swept a series at St. Cloud State, 6-1 and 1-0. In the opener, Ashleigh Brykaliuk contributed three points, and Katerina Mrázová hit the twine twice. Kayla Black recorded 18 saves to get the shutout, while Brienna Gillanders scored the game’s only goal on Saturday.

Back and forth
In the wildest series of the week, Vermont claimed a pair of see-saw battles at Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime and 5-4. The Orange raced to a three-goal lead after 20 minutes of the opener, but the Catamounts turned the tables in the next stanza to produce a 3-3 stalemate. Each team was unable to hold a lead in the third frame. Brittany Zuback scored for the second time 1:42 into OT to end matters. Dayna Colang had a hat trick and Amanda Pelkey four points to fuel UVM to that point. For the Orange, Stephanie Grossi supplied a three-point game and Jessica Sibley tallied twice.

On Saturday, Pelkey scored twice to give the visitors a two-goal lead by the 7:23 mark, but Melissa Piacentini had a goal and two assists for Syracuse as it scored four of the next five tallies to claim a third-period lead. However, Casey Leveillee netted her first goal of the year while short-handed, and rookie defenseman Amanda Drobot knocked in the first goal of her career 99 seconds later to win it for Vermont.

Other action
Bemidji State kept rolling by sweeping North Dakota, 4-1 and 2-1. UND scored the first and last goal of the series, but the Beavers rattled off six straight in between. Friday’s win was keyed by a goal and an assist from Kaitlyn Tougas and a goal and a helper by her linemates, Stephanie Anderson and Alex Citrowske. Kristin Huber and Hanna Moher scored on Saturday. Brittni Mowat made 57 saves over the two contests.

Princeton let two third-period leads slip away, but prevailed in overtime over both Union and Rensselaer. Haley Welch scored an extra-attacker goal for the Dutchwomen with 34 seconds left, but Molly Contini produced a 3-2 win for the Tigers. Jaimie McDonell and Kelsey Koelzer assisted her after scoring goals of their own back in the first period. On Saturday, RPI’s Laura Horwood knotted the game after Morgan Sly had opened the scoring, but Cristin Shanahan decided the 2-1 affair in Princeton’s favor. Kimberly Newell made 20 saves.

RIT scored once in each period and Ali Binnington made 22 saves in a 3-0 win over Penn State. Mackenzie Stone led with a goal and an assist. Penn State bounced back with a 3-2 win when Caitlin Reilly scored her second goal of the day 3:02 into overtime.

Yale’s Jaimie Leonoff made 18 saves to blank Colgate, 3-0. Jackie Raines, Stephanie Mock, and Krista Yip-Chuck supplied the goals.

The Raiders rebounded to defeat Brown, 4-3. Megan Sullivan struck 2:15 into overtime after assisting twice in regulation, foiling the Bears, who had fought back from three one-goal deficits.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 14

Last week, I gained another two games on Arlan in our season-long race. Hopefully I can keep it up. Neither Arlan nor I did particularly well, as I went 12-7-2 (.619) to move to 95-28-17 (.739) on the year, while Arlan went 10-9-2 (.523) to move to 89-34-17 (.696).

Friday, Nov. 14

Harvard at Clarkson
Candace: The first real test for the Crimson. The Golden Knights have won five in a row, but their last outing against a ranked team didn’t go so well. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: These teams combined for five goals in splitting two games last season. Harvard 2-1

Brown at Cornell
Candace: Even if the Bears seem to have discovered their offense, I don’t see them beating Cornell, which should be eager to record its first win. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: If told one of these teams was one game under .500 and the other was four games under, I’d have matched the wrong team with each record. Who foresaw the Big Red having the worst winning percentage in the country at this point? Cornell 4-3

Rensselaer at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Bobcats have beaten the teams they should, and that continues. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: RPI has only one win on the year; the Bobcats have yet to lose. Obviously, this one is headed to OT. Quinnipiac 4-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: This should be closer than last week’s blowout, but I still like the Big Green. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: I can’t decide if the Saints are more like Robert Morris, or a Hockey East team not named Boston College or Providence. Dartmouth 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15

Penn State at RIT
Candace: I really have no idea how this will play out. RIT hasn’t won since October. RIT 1-0, 2-1
Arlan: In Texas Hold’em, it is said there are four ways to play pocket jacks —- all wrong. This series looks a lot like pocket jacks. RIT 2-1, Penn State 2-1

North Dakota at Bemidji State
Candace: Ties in both wouldn’t surprise me. Since I have no idea of the win order, I’m picking a sweep. North Dakota 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: BSU had its worst performance of the season coming out of its previous bye week. North Dakota 4-1, Bemidji State 2-1

Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: The Gophers get back on track after the disappointment against Bemidji. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: One team is coming off a bye week, and the other played three games in five days. Minnesota 3-2, 4-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud
Candace: Like Arlan, I have no idea of the likely split order, so I’m going with the visitors. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: The Huskies have the goaltending to steal one, but it is almost impossible to predict when a crime will occur. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 6-3

Vermont at Syracuse
Candace: Do the Orange build on finally beating Mercyhurst, or suffer a letdown? My guess says the latter. Vermont 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Vermont has come up with a couple of real clunkers this season, but it hasn’t previously lost back-to-back games. Expect a rebound. Vermont 3-1, 4-3

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dartmouth at Clarkson
Candace: I’m tempted to pick the Big Green, but I think Clarkson should win a squeaker. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Two teams showing signs of being better than expected. Clarkson 4-3

Yale at Cornell
Candace: A tie wouldn’t surprise me at all. I won’t torture myself over this. Cornell 4-3
Arlan: I’m not going to overthink this one —- or think about it at all. Cornell 5-4

Brown at Colgate
Candace: I knew I should have picked Brown in one game against Maine. Brown 4-2
Arlan: Colgate projected to be the team showing improvement, but the Raiders seem addicted to slow starts. Brown 4-2

Rensselaer at Princeton
Candace: I think Princeton should rebound from the tie against RIT. Princeton 4-2
Arlan: It could be a few weeks before the Engineers win again. Princeton 4-2

Harvard at St. Lawrence
Candace: I think St. Lawrence will make this interesting, but Harvard prevails. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: SLU has played six games versus conference opponents but only three conference games. Harvard 4-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 15-16

New Hampshire vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: The Eagles keep rolling. Boston College 5-1, 6-2
Arlan: The Wildcats just ended a losing streak; now, here come the Eagles to start another one. Boston College 7-1, 4-2

Northeastern vs. Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: The way their season is going, the Friars may not get their first win until January. Northeastern 4-2, 3-1
Arlan: Is the Coyne hat trick on Tuesday a sign that she’s going to heat up? Northeastern 3-2, 4-1

Boston University vs. Connecticut (home-and-home)
Candace: Even sans Poulin, I think the Terriers should have enough to win. Boston University 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers are just 2-2-1 with Marie-Philip Poulin out of the line-up. Will she be? Boston University 4-3, 4-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 09

No lead is safe
Of the eight games played on Friday, five teams grabbed multiple-goal leads that didn’t stand up. Brown, St. Cloud State, Providence, and Lindenwood surrendered two-goal leads, while RIT’s three-goal margin didn’t last. No clear trend emerged once the game was tied. The team holding the original lead ultimately won twice and lost twice, while one game ended in a tie.

Fool me once …
On Friday, after Maine erased a two-goal deficit, host Brown scored the final three goals in a 5-2 victory. Kaitlyn Keon had two goals, Sarah Robson added a trio of helpers, and Erin Conway and Kelly Micholson contributed a goal and an assist.

It got worse for the Black Bears on Saturday. They raced to a 3-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old. Monica Elvin came on in relief for Brown at that point and slammed the door, saving all 27 shots that she faced, while her offense went to work. Robson scored in the first period, Keon connected twice in the second period to tie the game, and Sam Donovan potted the game-winner with 88 seconds elapsed in the final period. Robson capped the 5-3 Brown win into an empty net.

Turnabout is fair play
Things looked good for Lindenwood when Jordyn Constance scored from Shara Jasper and Katie Erickson on a second-period power play to put the Lions up, 2-0, in the series opener. Erickson had connected in the first frame with Jasper again helping. However, Rebecca Vint started a Robert Morris comeback with a power-play goal of her own, and Mackenzie Johnston scored in the third period to force overtime. Defenseman Natalie Fraser’s first goal in a Colonials uniform gave RMU a 3-2 victory 2:25 into the extra session.

Saturday’s game was a see-saw affair. The Lions took a lead just 30 seconds into the game, but didn’t get their second goal until 93 seconds into period three. That forged a 2-2 tie that lasted all of 12 seconds before Erin Staniewski put the Colonials back on top. Constance netted her second goal of the game at 13:19 on a power play to force overtime, where Erickson struck to produce a 4-3 win for Lindenwood in a game where it was outshot, 40-24.

The cup runneth over (just not the Four Nations Cup)
Northeastern is left to ponder what No. 1 Boston College will look like at full strength, after the Four-Nations-shortened version dumped the Huskies, 6-1. Yes, Northeastern was down two players for the same reason, but even without five stars, the Eagles unleashed a 46-shot barrage. Kate Leary and Kristyn Capizzano scored twice; Kali Flanagan and Emily Field added three-point games.

BC had its team together intact for its Sunday game and kept rolling with a 4-2 win over Vermont. Leary netted two more goals in a three-goal Eagles’ second-period rally, after Amanda Pelkey had given the Catamounts the lead earlier in the frame on the power play.

After years of winless frustration dating back to 2008 in the head-to-head rivalry, Syracuse finally got the best of No. 7 Mercyhurst on Saturday with a come-from-behind, 4-1 win. After assisting on Nicole Renault’s tying goal, Stephanie Grossi scored the winning goal on a third-period power play. Alysha Burriss and Melissa Piacentini added exclamation points into an empty net, and Jenn Gilligan made 28 saves to earn the historic victory.

A day earlier, the Lakers had extended their mastery of Syracuse with a 5-1 win. Emily Janiga’s two points included a goal, her ninth, and Megan Whiddon assisted twice. Amanda Makela handled 28 of 29 chances.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 6 Boston University was the only other ranked team in action. The Terriers took a 4-3 lead on Sarah Lefort’s power-play goal with under four minutes to play, only to have Yale’s Eden Murray tie it at 4-4 with an extra-attacker goal 1:55 later. The Bulldogs’ Courtney Pensavalle led all scorers with two goals and an assist. Each team converted twice on the power play, and the BU special teams added two more tallies while on the kill.

Other action
RIT took a three-goal, first-period lead Friday at Princeton, but was unable to hold it. Ali Pankowski tied the game at 3-3 early in the third period after Fiona McKenna and Hilary Lloyd had started the rally, with Molly Contini assisting on all three and Lloyd getting two helpers. Kelse Koelzer set up Morgan Sly for Princeton’s winner 1:36 into overtime. Freshman Alysia DaSilva made her debut in the Princeton net in relief to start the second stanza and handled all 11 shots she faced to earn the win. No leads were blown on Saturday, because none were taken as RIT and Princeton played to a 0-0 tie. Kimberly Newell made 40 saves, and Jetta Rackleff stopped all 28 shots she faced for RIT. The teams combined for 17 penalties.

After Molly Illikainen and Lauren Hespenheide scored 23 seconds apart for SCSU, Lauren Wash and Ali Svoboda answered for Rensselaer with tallies separated by 1:41 to send the teams to the first intermission deadlocked. Illikainen set up Abby Ness’ short-handed goal at 7:06 of the middle frame, and goaltender Julie Friend made 28 saves to preserve the Huskies’ 3-2 triumph. The Huskies completed the sweep in dominating fashion, outshooting the Engineers, 36-8, and getting goals from Lexi Slattery, Vanessa Spataro, and Illikainen in a 3-0 shutout.

Providence remained winless when it squandered a two-goal lead versus Union. Lexi Romanchuk and Haley Frade made it 2-0 at the 5:44 mark of the second period. Nicole Russell halved the margin 14:31 into the third period, Kathryn Tomaselli tied the game with 100 seconds left in regulation, and the Friars had to settle for a 2-2 tie.

Providence managed to avoid victory once more versus Connecticut on home ice on Sunday. The Friars spotted the Huskies the first goal, but roared back with three straight in the second period. Once the third period got underway, it was UConn’s turn. Emily Snodrass scored on a penalty kill 16 seconds after intermission, and 5:20 later, the Huskies were ahead on goals from Margaret Zimmer and Leah Lum. However, the Friars weren’t done, as Brooke Simpson scored an extra-attacker goal with four seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, 4-4, and that’s how it ended. Cassidy Carels supplied a goal and two assists for PC.

Penn State allowed the opening tally to Colgate, but then scored five of the next six goals to seize control. Hannah Hoenshell had three points including two goals, and Laura Bowman found the net twice, also, as the Nittany Lions won, 6-4. Some of the storylines were the same on Saturday: Colgate scored early, Bowman had two goals, and PSU won again. Owing to Hannah Ehresmann’s 21 saves, that’s all the offense that was needed, and Sarah Nielsen finished off the 3-1 win into an empty net.

Ohio State jumped out to a two-goal lead 5:47 into its game at Minnesota State, thanks to tallies by Breanne Grant and sophomore Hayley Studler, the first in her career. Julia McKinnon built the Buckeyes’ lead to three before rookie Hannah Davidson’s first goal for the Mavericks provided the final 3-1 verdict. OSU completed the sweep on Saturday, 2-0. Danielle Gagne was the only shooter to beat Brianna Quade, who finished with 36 saves. That was enough, because Stacy Danczak turned away 17 shots and Kendall Curtis added an empty-net goal.

New Hampshire got back in the win column by taking care of Vermont, 5-1. Brittany Zuback scored the first goal of the game for the Catamounts, but momentum turned on Jonna Curtis’ goal in the final seconds before intermission. She had two assists as the Wildcats netted a pair in both of the following periods, and Ashley Wilkes made 21 saves.

Dartmouth defeated St. Lawrence, 5-1, in a non-ECAC game in Rochester, N.Y. Lindsey Allen had a pure hat trick, the final two into an empty net; Robyn Chemago recorded 29 saves.

On Tuesday, Justine Fredette’s first career goal got Connecticut off and running in a 4-2 win over Brown. Four different Huskies scored and 10 collected a point. Kaitlyn Keon scored on a penalty shot for the Bears.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 7

Well, I built on my lead on Arlan last week, though neither of us set the world on fire. I went 19-7-4 (.700)  to move to 83-21-15 (.760) on the year, while Arlan went 17-9-4 (.633) to move to 79-25-15 (.726) on the year.

There aren’t a lot of games this week, but we’re picking most of them.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8

Robert Morris at Lindenwood
Candace: The Colonials have to win at some point, right? Robert Morris 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Didn’t expect the Colonials to trail the Lions by three points after a week of CHA action. Lindenwood 2-1, Robert Morris

Mercyhurst at Syracuse
Candace: Syracuse will break its futile streak at some point, but not this weekend. Mercyhurst 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Orange will defeat Mercyhurst eventually, but given they couldn’t beat Lindenwood, they’re going to have to prove it to me first. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1

Ohio State at Minnesota State
Candace: The Buckeyes build momentum ahead of a huge game with Mercyhurst. Ohio State 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Schmitt sisters give the Buckeyes an edge. Ohio State 3-1, 4-3

Maine at Brown
Candace: A matchup of Bears could be a split, but I’ll go for the visitors. Maine 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: The good news for Brown in the early going is that it is scoring over a goal more per game than last year; the bad news is that goals allowed has made an even bigger jump. Maine 3-2, 2-1

Penn State at Colgate
Candace: This series could make me a believer in the Nittany Lions. A split seems likely, but I’ll pick a sweep. Penn State 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Colgate has won only three games through the end of November the past two years and is starting slowly again, although this is likely a split of some sort. Penn State 2-1, 3-2

RIT at Princeton
Candace: Another matchup of squads with the same nickname. Based on last weekend, I’m picking the home team. Princeton 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Princeton took the only other D-I meeting of the two streaks of Tigers. Princeton 3-1, 1-0

St. Cloud at Rensselaer
Candace: As Arlan says, I think this series is payback. St. Cloud 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Engineers got a road sweep in St. Cloud last year; can the Huskies get some payback? St. Cloud State 2-1, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 8

Boston College at Northeastern
Candace: A good test of BC’s depth. Boston College 4-1
Arlan: A short-handed Northeastern can’t take advantage of an even shorter BC. Boston College 4-2

Vermont at New Hampshire
Candace: Both teams are missing players to Four Nations, so I’ll pick the deeper one. Vermont 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats come in having lost five straight with BC, BC, BU, and Wisconsin twice to follow. I have a strange feeling that I should pick them here, but I lack the guts. Vermont 2-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: I’m torn on this game, mainly because I don’t know which St. Lawrence team will show up. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: St. Lawrence has gotten into the habit of playing nonconference games versus neighboring Clarkson; now the Saints and Big Green head to Rochester to play out of league. St. Lawrence 1-0

Boston University at Yale
Candace: The Bulldogs came down to Earth last week. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Neither has inspired a ton of confidence, but the Terriers have been better at finding a way. Boston University 5-4

Sunday, Nov. 9

Vermont at Boston College
Candace: Yes, Arlan knows who I will pick. Boston College 3-1
Arlan: A rare game that looks to be roughly a toss up where I know exactly what Candace will pick, offering a chance to gain ground (or continue to lose it.) Vermont 2-1

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Northeastern at Boston University
Candace: Back-to-back games against the Boston squads isn’t a good way for Northeastern to get untracked. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Northeastern struggled through the first half last year and is off to an even slower start. Boston University 3-2

Mercyhurst at Ohio State
Candace: This could go either way, so I’ll pick home ice. Ohio State 2-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes won in OT in Erie last year in the programs’ first meeting since 2004. Mercyhurst 2-1

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 3

No rest for the weary
Hockey was played every day but Wednesday over the last week, and five teams took to the ice three times: Princeton, Penn State, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, and Northeastern. The Tigers and Golden Knights won all three.

Now a number of teams head into a bye week, while others, particularly in Hockey East and the CHA, play on.

Champs finding their stride
No. 9 Clarkson looks to have its mojo back as it ran its winning streak to five games after starting 3-3. Junior Shannon MacAulay netted a hat trick on home ice in the Golden Knights’ 5-0 win over St. Lawrence on Tuesday. Rookie defenseman Savannah Harmon had a goal and two assists as Clarkson kept it going with a 5-1 win over Brown. Both MacAulay and Harmon scored power-play goals to produce a 2-1 win at Yale’s expense. Shea Tiley stopped 69 of 71 shots for the week to backstop the three victories.

Program history made
Bemidji State won a series from No. 1 Minnesota for the first time in the two clubs’ 16th year of matching up in the WCHA. The Beavers claimed a 2-2 tie and a shootout win on Friday night. The Gophers came back from a third-period deficit for the third time in six games when Dani Cameranesi tipped in a power-play, extra-attacker goal with 78 seconds left. Rachael Kelly and Lauren Miller had scored for BSU to outdo Kelly Pannek’s first collegiate goal. Brittni Mowat foiled any comeback attempts on Saturday, denying all 36 shots she faced in a 1-0 win. Ivana Bilic scored the game’s only tally in the first period.

Bears discover net
Brown defeated St. Lawrence on Saturday, 7-4. The seven goals are the most that the Bears have scored against a full-time D-I opponent since defeating Union, 8-1, back on Dec. 4, 2004. Brown trailed, 3-2, in the third period before exploding for four goals in nine minutes, the final two 14 seconds apart. Brittany Moorehead and Sam Donovan had two goals with an assist, while Janice Yang scored and added three helpers.

Princeton gets it going
Having played on Sunday night, Princeton and Penn State actually played four games in seven days. After dropping that game, its opener, the Tigers bounced back with a 4-1 win on Monday. Four different Tigers accounted for the goals.

Princeton carried that momentum into ECAC play versus No. 8 Cornell, scoring three times in the first three minutes of the second period to grab a 4-1 lead, and held off a late rally for a 5-4 triumph. Once again, the attack was balanced, with five goal scorers and nine with points, topped by Fiona McKenna, Jaimie McDonell, and Kelsey Koelzer with a pair.

The offense kept clicking against Colgate in a 4-2 victory. Molly Contini scored twice. Kimberly Newell earned wins in all three contests.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Boston College kept Providence winless with 8-0 and 4-1 victories. Emily Field, Tori Sullivan, and Alex Carpenter all hit the net twice in Friday’s rout. With five players off to Four Nations on Saturday, Meghan Grieves stepped up with a pair of goals.

Quinnipiac also remained in the unbeaten ranks. The fifth-ranked Bobcats won over Colgate, 4-1, and Cornell, 3-0, and have just allowed three goals total in eight skates. Nicole Connery had two goals and a helper versus the Raiders, while Taylar Cianfarano assisted three times. Emma Woods led with a goal and an assist as Chelsea Laden made it a national-best five shutouts against the Big Red.

No. 3 Wisconsin got a last-minute goal from Brittany Ammerman to salvage a 3-3 tie at No. 10 North Dakota. UND had come back from a two-goal deficit to take a lead on a third-period goal by Becca Kohler, the only shooter to convert in the shootout. The Badgers took the second contest, 3-2. Ammerman and Sarah Nurse scored in both games.

No. 4 Harvard kicked off its campaign by defeating Rensselaer, 4-1, and Union, 5-2. Miye D’Oench opened and closed the scoring against the Engineers. She added a pair of tallies on Saturday, as the Crimson spotted the Dutchwomen an early goal, then took control with a five-goal second period.

No. 7 Mercyhurst swept Robert Morris, 3-0 and 4-1. Eight different Lakers had a single point in the opener, and Amanda Makela notched her fourth shutout of the season. Mikaela Lowalter gave the Colonials the lead on Saturday, but Emily Janiga answered and sealed the win into an empty net.

Boston University defeated Northeastern and New Hampshire by 3-2 and 4-2 scores, respectively. Rebecca Russo broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second period for the No. 6 Terriers versus the Huskies with her second goal of the game. Rebecca Leslie had helpers on both. BU entered a wild third period leading UNH, 1-0, but Amy Schlagel and Nicoline Jensen connected three minutes apart to reverse the advantage. Sarah Lefort tied it up and then hit an empty net after Russo scored another game-winner.

No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth handled Minnesota State, 3-0 and 6-3. In the opener, 59 saves by Erin Krichiver weren’t enough for the Mavericks, who were outshot 28-0 over the final 20 minutes. Kayla Black pitched the shutout, and Jenna McParland tallied twice. MSU rallied to take a 3-2, third-period lead on Sunday, but the Bulldogs closed it out with four straight goals. Ashleigh Brykaliuk had two goals and two assists, while Katerina Mrázová assisted four times.

Other results
Northeastern blanked UNH, 2-0, with Chloé Desjardins saving all 28 shots and Hayley Scamurra and Kendall Coyne assisting on each other’s goals. The Huskies were whitewashed in turn by Maine when Mariah Fujimagari turned away all 20 shots they mustered and Kristin Gilmour scored the game’s only marker.

St. Cloud State split at Ohio State, fighting back for a 4-2 win Friday but unable to mount a charge in a 3-0 loss. Molly Illikainen scored twice in the SCSU victory as Julie Friend made 43 saves. Sara Schmitt had two of the goals on Saturday when Kassidy Sauve recorded her third shutout.

Lindenwood traveled to RIT and tied, 1-1, before securing a 3-1 win. Nicole Hensley stayed busy with 73 saves on the weekend.

Syracuse took a 3-1 decision from Penn State and then settled for a 2-2 tie. Kaillie Goodnough and Stephanie Grossi had two-point games in the win. In the tie, Jessica Sibley had a goal and an assist for the Orange, as did Laura Bowman and Amy Peterson for the Nittany Lions; Hannah Ehresmann made 50 stops for PSU.

Robyn Chemago saved all 13 shots as Dartmouth shut out Union, 3-0. The Big Green backed it up with a 5-2 win over RPI, thanks to two goals from Laura Stacey and three points by Catherine Berghuis; Mariana Walsh scored both tallies for the Engineers.

Carmen MacDonald was perfect on 28 shots as St. Lawrence stifled Yale, 3-0. Jenna Marks had two assists.

Connecticut tied Maine, 3-3, and then fell to Vermont, 6-0. Thirteen Catamounts recorded points in support of Madison Litchfield’s 19-save shutout.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 31

Someone finally took a lead in our picks race. After last week, I’m up two games on Arlan thanks to Dartmouth and Clarkson. Last week, I went 21-5-1 (.796)  while Arlan went 19-7-1 (.722). On the year, I am 64-14-11 (.780), while Arlan is 62-16-11 (.758).

Let’s see if I can hold the lead for more than a week.

Friday, Oct. 31

Clarkson at Brown
Candace: Clarkson has found its offense. Clarkson 6-1
Arlan: Clarkson has won by more than a goal only once in the last five encounters with the Bears. Clarkson 5-0

Quinnipiac at Colgate
Candace: If the Bobcats look ahead to Saturday, this could get interesting. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: Potential trap game for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Princeton at Cornell
Candace: Cornell can’t afford to look ahead either, but given how badly the Big Red lost to Boston College, I don’t think they will. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Neither team dazzled in its opening weekend. Cornell 4-2

Union at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth looks to get off to a good start. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: Union finally defeated Dartmouth last year, but is still looking for its first win in Hanover. Dartmouth 4-0

Rensselaer at Harvard
Candace: The Engineers have troubled the Crimson in recent years, but I don’t see it happening this year. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Last year’s Crimson only lost once in their first 15 games; that loss was to Rensselaer. Harvard 4-1

St. Lawrence at Yale
Candace: St. Lawrence fell back to Earth last week. I’ll pick home ice. Yale 4-2
Arlan: I think these teams are just about dead even, so I’ll take home ice. Yale 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

St. Cloud at Ohio State
Candace: I think both of these will be close, but I have to believe Ohio State will win. Ohio State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Both teams are coming off byes, so who had the better week of preparation? Ohio State 2-0, 3-2

Bemidji State at Minnesota
Candace: Never betting against Minnesota this season. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: The last couple of years the Beavers have been blown out the first game in Minneapolis and then played a tight game, and that was when all the Gophers were available. Minnesota 4-1, 2-1

Wisconsin at North Dakota
Candace: Neither team has looked exceptional over the last few weeks. A tie seems likely, but I can’t pick ties, so I’m going with the Badgers. Wisconsin 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: North Dakota holds a 4-3-1 edge in the last eight meetings, but Wisconsin dominated prior to that. I think UND gets a tie. Wisconsin 3-1, 1-0

Robert Morris at Mercyhurst
Candace: Picking a Lakers sweep is harder after the Colonials got three points last week against Northeastern and have Rebecca Vint back in the line-up. Robert Morris 3-2, Mercyhurst 2-1
Arlan: Paul Colontino is 7-6-1 versus his former boss, and Mike Sisti is still looking for his first sweep in the meetings. Mercyhurst 4-2, Robert Morris 2-1

Penn State at Syracuse
Candace: Until Monday night, Penn State had gotten at least a tie in every game it scored in. Syracuse hasn’t won since the first game of the year, but they’ll pick up points this weekend. Two ties wouldn’t surprise me. Syracuse 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Syracuse has taken all eight games in this young rivalry, including two OT wins. Syracuse 4-1, Penn State 2-0

Providence vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: BC needs to avoid a letdown after last weekend, and I think the Eagles will. Boston College 5-1, 6-2
Arlan: This has the makings for a good game of Russian roulette — how many Eagles can depart for Four Nations before Providence wins? Boston College 7-0, 2-1

Maine at Connecticut
Candace: Can the Bears gain any momentum from upsetting Boston University last week? Possibly, but the Huskies have been consistently inconsistent, and I’ll still pick them. Connecticut 2-1
Arlan: Looks like a tie, so I’ll take home ice. Connecticut 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 1

St. Lawrence at Brown
Candace: I have to think the Saints haven’t fallen that far yet. St. Lawrence 4-2
Arlan: Over the last seven years, the Bears have averaged five wins per season; not a lot of percentage in picking them in most contests. St. Lawrence 3-1

Princeton at Colgate
Candace: Colgate is off to a decent start, but I think the Tigers prevail. Princeton 3-2
Arlan: Does anybody know if Lauren Wildfang is ever going to play? Princeton 2-1

Quinnipiac at Cornell
Candace: Cornell will be without Jillian Saulnier, and while the Bobcats won’t have Shiann Darkangelo, I think the Bobcats are better positioned. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: Cornell has struggled mightily versus Quinnipiac the last couple of years, and based on how it looked versus BC, it will struggle versus a lot of teams this year. So, yeah, I’ll pick the Big Red. Cornell 3-2

Rensselaer at Dartmouth
Candace: The Big Green also helped me last week, so I’ll go with them again this week. Dartmouth 4-2
Arlan: Dartmouth lost six of its first seven last year. The one win was over Rensselaer. Dartmouth 4-1

Union at Harvard
Candace: Regardless of overall results, this isn’t the game I gain on Arlan. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: If Candace gains on me in this game, then I’ll know it’s not my year and I’ll concede. Harvard 5-0

Clarkson at Yale
Candace: I gained a game on Arlan last week by picking the Golden Knights, who have looked very good of late. Even if Erin Ambrose is Four Nations bound before this game, I think Clarkson can win. Clarkson 4-2
Arlan: Have to pick some upsets when behind in the contest (so I can fall farther behind). Yale 3-2

Maine at Northeastern
Candace: Northeastern has struggled so far this year, but I think they’ll come out on top. Northeastern 2-1
Arlan: I’ll take the under in this game. Northeastern 1-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 1-2

Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Can the Bulldogs build some consistency? Something tells me yes. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: There has been bad blood in the past, but there’s been so much turnover on both rosters that I doubt it remains. Minnesota-Duluth 5-0, 3-1

Sunday, Nov. 2

New Hampshire at Boston University
Candace: I have a hard team seeing the Terriers losing, even sans Poulin. Boston University 3-1
Arlan: It’s likely that Four Nations absences will impact results in some games; the question is, which games?  Boston University 2-1

Connecticut at Vermont
Candace: Vermont has been inconsistent so far this year, and the Catamounts won’t have Amanda Pelkey for this game, but I think they’ll still win. Vermont 2-1
Arlan: I used to feel like this after taking an exam if I hadn’t studied. Or gone to class. Or gotten anything correct. Vermont 3-2

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