Only two remain in USCHO.com’s Battle of the Prognosticators after WCHA correspondent Todd D. Milewski and CHA correspondent Natasha J. Parker emerged from the wreckage of last week’s picks to reach the finals.
Natasha J. Parker: 4-0
Todd D. Milewski: 3-1 (won total-goals tiebreaker)
Dave Hendrickson: 3-1
Paula C. Weston: 3-1
Becky Blaeser/Jayson Moy: 1-3
So this is it. Semifinal picks are listed, followed by picks made on Friday for the championship. Since championship-game picks are made after the semifinals, the teams may not agree with previous selections.
As before, the object is to pick the winners, straight up.
Natasha J. Parker
Michigan State 3, North Dakota 2: The Spartans haven’t played in a championship game since 1987, when they lost to the Sioux. North Dakota came out on top then, but this year will be a different story. MSU advances to the finals to take on Boston College.
Boston College 4, Michigan 2: In 1998 Michigan and Boston College played an overtime classic in the championship, with Michigan the 3-2 victor. This year, the Eagles won’t have their game stolen away from them. BC is well overdue for a national title, and nothing is going to get in the way this year.
Championship — Boston College 3, North Dakota 1: And it’s about time.
Todd D. Milewski
North Dakota 3, Michigan State 1: With Ryan Miller in net for the Spartans, everyone forgets about the Sioux’s Karl Goehring. He plays big in big games, and this should be no different.
Boston College 3, Michigan 2: The way I see it, it’ll be Providence all over again. Boston College has just enough to get past the Wolverines, although it could take an overtime or two. It sets up a national championship rematch: North Dakota vs. Boston College.
Championship — North Dakota 3, Boston College 2: Can you say dynasty?