WCHA Picks Dec. 17

Last week Theresa: 6-4-2

Season Theresa: 61-41-11

Last week Tyler: 9-1-2 (!)

Season Tyler: 60-26-7

Not a lot of games this weekend, as schools gear up for the holiday break. Therefore, not a lot of insight, either, to make this quick and simple (though we may edit more in later).

Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19

Michigan Tech (3-10-2, 1-10-1 WCHA) at Northern Michigan

Theresa: Northern is actually doing pretty well this year and as much as I love MTU, I think I’ve got to go with their CCHA rivals. NMU wins.

Tyler: MTU wins. Tech’s season has gone sour since the Huskies beat NMU in October. The Wildcats have played well since their 1-4-1 start but I’ll take my chances.

No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha (11-4-1, 8-3-1 WCHA) at Colorado College (10-7-1, 7-5-0 WCHA)

Theresa: I’d like to call a Maverick sweep here, but CC has been playing pretty well lately. Therefore, I’m going to go with a split – UNO Friday, CC Saturday.

Tyler: The Tigers are without their offensive cornerstone, freshman Jaden Schwartz, until early January while he plays for Canada’s U20 team in the World Junior Championships. CC doesn’t have the firepower without him. UNO sweeps CC on the road.

No. 3 North Dakota (13-5-2, 11-3-0 WCHA) vs. U.S. Under-18 Team

Theresa: North Dakota has been doing too well this season to think that they’ll fall to the U-18 team this year. UND wins.

Tyler: These are the best hockey players in America under the age of 18, but they face the Sioux, another group of talented players from 18-years-old and up. I’ll take the Sioux in this exhibition.