Women’s picks: Nov. 11

I had a solid prognostication week again, though I should have gone with my gut and picked Minnesota to sweep Minnesota-Duluth. Oh well. I went 10-3-1 (.750) last week, bringing my season record to 45-16-9 (.707), while Arlan went 9-4-1 (.714), bringing his season record to 42-19-9 (.664) With the Four Nations cup happening, a lot of top squads are out of action, but there are still some interesting games this week.

Friday, November 11

Quinnipiac at Clarkson
Candace: The Bobcats beat Yale last week, but that isn’t an indication that they’ve turned the corner yet. They still need to get some wins, but I don’t see them building their confidence on the road. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: I’m going to take Union’s defeat of Clarkson last weekend as a positive sign for the Dutchwomen, rather than one that the Golden Knights are set to implode. Clarkson 2-1

Dartmouth at Cornell
Candace: Even with the Big Red missing Rebecca Johnston, Brianne Jenner, Laura Fortino, and Lauriane Rougeau, I think they have the firepower to top Dartmouth, which has looked fairly awful this season. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: Dartmouth catches Cornell missing four key players and its coach; can they capitalize? Do I get bonus points if they do? Dartmouth 3-2

Harvard at Colgate
Candace: Harvard is missing Jillian Dempsey, Michelle Picard, and Josephine Pucci. who are skating for Team USA, but I don’t think Colgate has enough to beat a depleted Crimson. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: The Crimson will be without players as well this weekend, but have enough to best Colgate. Harvard 4-2

Saturday, November 12

Dartmouth at Colgate
Candace: Dartmouth should right the ship against Colgate, a team that aside from beating Syracuse hasn’t done well yet. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: The Big Green carry the momentum of the Cornell game into their meeting with Colgate. Dartmouth 4-1

Harvard at Cornell
Candace: See above re: Dartmouth. This effect is magnified, since the Crimson are missing three players as well. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Big Red comes out on top of the Crimson in the battle of weakened colors. Cornell 5-3

New Hampshire at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers are missing Jennifer Wakefield, and New Hampshire is coming off a big win against Dartmouth. This should be very close game, but I like the Terriers. Boston University 2-0
Arlan: The Wildcats’ 3-0 starts seems awfully long ago. BU 3-1

Sunday ,November 13

New Hampshire at Providence
Candace: Providence has gotten off to a slower-than-expected start, but did take three points from Maine in its series last weekend. That, and home ice, makes me think that the Friars will win a close one. Providence 2-1
Arlan: Games in this rivalry are always important; this year, UNH and PC may be playing to keep their seasons from sinking into an abyss. UNH 2-1