Candace’s Picks, Oct. 22

Well, in my first week of picks, I went 8-4 (.667). Not bad. Really, who would have picked North Dakota to sweep Minnesota in Minnesota? Who could imagine Bemidji would knock off top-ranked Merchyhurst? All in all, I think I did pretty well. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for this week.

Friday-Saturday, October 22-23

North Dakota at Minnesota State: With all the focus on the Lamoureux twins, North Dakota displayed an impressive balanced attack against the Gophers last week. Couple that with a 4-2 record against top five teams, and I think the Sioux should sweep. North Dakota 4-1, 5-2

Minnesota at St. Cloud: Though they were swept at home by the Sioux, Minnesota is still one of the top programs in the country, and too strong for a St. Cloud team still looking for its first win of the year. Look the for the Gophers to come out firing. Minnesota 5-0, 6-1

Ohio State at Wisconsin: The marquee matchup of the week pits the No. 10 Buckeyes against No. 1 Wisconsin. I’ve felt all month that the Badgers should have been ranked higher than they were, given the returning Olympians, and with Mercyhurst’s loss last weekend, the Badgers took the top spot. Ohio State should prove to be a stiff test for the Badgers, but I think Wisconsin has enough for the sweep. Wisconsin 3-2, 2-0

Robert Morris at Cornell: Cornell is most people’s pick as the top squad in the ECAC. This week, the Big Red start their season. I don’t think they should be tested in their opener. Cornell 4-1, 5-0

Friday, October 22

St. Lawrence at Boston University: The Terriers look to have regrouped after dropping their first contest of the year, going 4-0 since, and St. Lawrence has struggled out of the gate. I like the Terriers in this one. BU 4-2

Boston College at Quinnipiac: The Bobcats have gotten off to a great start, going 5-1, but they’ve yet to face a squad with the depth of the Eagles. I think this should be close but BC takes it. BC 4-2

Clarkson at New Hampshire: Both of these teams should be better than they are. Clarkson was picked highly in the preseason polls, and New Hampshire has always been one of Hockey East’s powerhouses. This could be a battle. I’m going to have go with home ice on this one. UNH 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24

Connecticut at Minnesota-Duluth: This is an intriguing matchup. The Huskies usually hover near the bottom of the top 10, and challenge top teams occasionally. Still, I think the Bulldogs will show they want to get fully untracked before next weekend’s titanic clash with arch-rival Minnesota. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 5-1

Saturday, October 23

Clarkson at Boston University: The Golden Knights complete their Hockey East swing with a tilt against the No. 5 Terriers. Though Clarkson has shown some signs of life, I think BU is too strong. BU 4-3

St. Lawrence at New Hampshire: Again, a potentially tough battle for the Wildcats. The Saints struggled with scoring last weekend against Clarkson. I think UNH takes it in a close one. UNH 3-2

Sunday, October 24

Brown at Boston College: Look for the Eagles to dominate this contest and move to 6-0 on the year. BC 5-1


  1. Minnesota will have it’s hands full at BC on Friday night. On paper, Minnesota should beat Northeastern, except for the fact NU has a goalie in Clay Witt who can upset Minnesota at home, in a low scoring game.

    • While Northeastern has basically the same good team as last year, including Witt, but has gotten off to a rough start. I believe you are referring to a 5-4 home loss to Northeastern a couple of years ago. I was at that game and I have to say it was one of the most poorly officiated games I have ever seen. If memory serves me correctly Northeastern had 12 power plays in that game, with more than half of those calls being of the dubious nature. I look for a different outcome tonight. While Northeastern is playing better recently their penalty kill is at a brutal 72.7% and the Gophers power play is at 26.3%. The Gophers need to exploit that and play solid like they did against BC and get the win.

  2. I look for the Gophers to play well this weekend and while a great deal has been made of the Gophers loss to the U18 team, it was exhibition and the Gophers played at half speed all night and lines were shuffled continually all night too. The only people who any credence to the game were a few rabbit fans on the Gophers fb page and Paula. The Gophers played a good game at UMD last Saturday, UMD was hot. Gophers will have a tough test against BC even though they are down a bit this year and their goaltending is suspect, I am sure they remember losing to the Gophers at Mariucci rather convincingly 2 of the last 3 meetings. They should do well against Northeatern. Witt is a good goalie, even though they have played better recently, they have done well this year. The return of Skeji to the lineup and Cammarata to the first line should help a lot.


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