Candace’s Picks: November 12

Well, the stats definitely went down last weekend. I knew I was going out on a limb to pick a Wisconsin sweep of Minnesota in Minnesota, but I figured Mercyhurst over Niagara was a sure thing, as was a sweep of Bemidji State by Minnesota-Duluth. Throw in a few ties, and the underdogs got the best of me, as I went 7-3-2 (.666). On the year, I am 36-10-6 (.750). Let’s see if I can boost that this week, shall we?

Friday Saturday Nov. 12-13

Vermont at BU: Though the Catamounts pulled a surprise by tying Boston College last Sunday, the Terriers are looking like the class of Hockey East this year. BU 5-2, 5-1

Boston College at St. Lawrence: This series is a little hard to predict. Though the Eagles are still undefeated, they’ve had a few letdowns in ties against Quinnipiac and Vermont. St. Lawrence has fallen off from the days when they were an ECAC powerhouse. I think the Eagles have enough for the sweep. Boston College 4-2, 4-3

North Dakota at Bemidji State: Both of these teams have shown flashes of being ready to join the WCHA elite troika this season, and both have also been wildly inconsistent, splitting most of their series. I think a split is in order again. North Dakota 5-3, Bemidji State 3-2

Minnesota State at Ohio State: The Mavericks have just enough talent to put a scare into the Buckeyes, but aside from an upset of North Dakota, have shown they are a level below the WCHA’s best. Buckeyes should sweep this one. Ohio State 3-1, 5-2

Friday, November 12

Harvard at Quinnipiac: The Bobcats have shown they are ready to move up in the ECAC. If they are to take the next step, this is the type of game they have to win. Unfortunately, I don’t think they are strong enough. Harvard 4-2

Saturday-Sunday November 13-14

New Hampshire against Connecticut: This is a home and home, with the Wildcats hosting Friday and the Huskies hosting on Saturday. The Wildcats have Lindsey Minton in net, and that should be enough for the sweep. New Hampshire 4-2, 3-1

Saturday, November 13

Harvard at Princeton: Harvard may have a few more rivals for the ECAC title than they used to, but the Tigers haven’t stepped up into that level yet. Harvard 4-1