Women’s D-I picks: Jan 18

Well, thank’s to Emily Field’s OT goal (see photo at right), I maintained my slim lead over Arlan in the picks race. If I Emily Field scores in OT against Cornell (Brian Kickham)had gone with my original intention before looking at game scores, I would have picked Providence though and be up by three. Last week, Arlan and I went 17-3 (.850) to bring my season record to 143-52-19 (.759) and his to 142-53-19 (.754). There’s room for either me to open up a lead or him to tie me this weekend, so let’s get to it.

Friday, Jan. 18

St. Lawrence at Cornell
Candace: The Saints are playing better, but Cornell needs this game. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: I’d like to pick SLU, but the OT loss to BC may have stung the Big Red and motivated better effort. Cornell 3-2

Rensselaer at Harvard
Candace: Harvard stays undefeated in conference. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Crimson extend ECAC perfection at least another weekend. Harvard 4-0

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 18-19

Quinnipiac at Robert Morris
Candace: This is another of those series that baffles me a bit. Robert Morris has been off lately, but the last time the Bobcats went up against a CHA team, things did not go well. Expect two close games. Quinnipiac 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: These teams have been scuffling in 2013, though I have no idea what we’ll see from the Bobcats from game-to-game. Robert Morris 3-2, Quinnipiac 4-2

St. Cloud at Ohio State
Candace: St. Cloud is better this season, but home ice should help the Buckeyes. Ohio State 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: Both coming off being swept on the road, but the Buckeyes get home cooking this weekend. Ohio State 2-1, 6-2

Wisconsin at North Dakota
Candace: I picked a split the last time these two played, and I got hung out to dry when the Badgers swept. I’m going with Wisconsin FTW. Wisconsin 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: UND gets that elusive first win over a Mark Johnson team. North Dakota 3-1, Wisconsin 4-2

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State
Candace: Both teams have struggled this season, but the Bulldogs show signs of righting the ship. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: UMD is a on a six-game unbeaten string that started versus the Beavers. Minnesota-Duluth 2-0, 5-2

Boston College at Mercyhurst
Candace: I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these is a tie, but the Eagles are flying high right now. Boston College 4-2, 4-3
Arlan: Lakers can’t afford to lose, but BC never does. Boston College 3-2, 5-3

Saturday, Jan. 19

Clarkson at Cornell
Candace: I imagine that the Big Red will carry the memory of the last meeting between these two with them into this game. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Clarkson has three losses and four single-goal wins since besting Cornell. Cornell 2-1

Rensselaer at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth has been playing better since losing to the Engineers a few weeks ago. Dartmouth 4-2
Arlan: Dartmouth avenges loss in Troy. Dartmouth 3-2

Northeastern at Providence
Candace: Can Providence pull the upset? My best guess says no. Northeastern 3-2
Arlan: A three-game losing skid against top-five teams has the Huskies desperate for a win. Northeastern 4-3

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 19-20

New Hampshire at Connecticut
Candace: The Wildcats could go a long way toward home ice in the HEA tournament by sweeping this. New Hampshire 3-1, 4-2
Arlan: Not real confident here, because there are hints that UConn is improving, but no percentage in a team with one win in 14 games, even at home. New Hampshire 4-2, 3-2

6 COMMENTS

  1. It’s amazing what teams can do when they play a top 4 team
    particularly in the second half of the season. The 2 games to watch this
    weekend are definitely UND vs UW and Mercyhurst vs BC. I’m really hoping for at
    least a split from the Sioux. They were able to keep the lead close with
    Minnesota so they should be confident they have a chance with the Badgers.

    As for BC, I’m not making a call. I think the Eagles will
    really prove this weekend whether they have the consistency a number 2 team
    should have or not. If they use the win over Cornell in their favor to be
    calmed and play smart they should be able to sweep. If they use it to underplay
    the Lakers, well… a split might be in the books.

    Northeastern can win this weekend if they want to but the
    question is do they want to? Start from net, ok performance by the Huskies in
    the past few games. Move out on the line up and well they just proved they can
    score against BU, then why wait so late in the game to actually go out and
    play?

    One more thing, you said see photo at left but I don’t see
    any pictures. Is there a link to click on?

  2. It’s amazing what teams can do when they play a top 4 team
    particularly in the second half of the season. The 2 games to watch this
    weekend are definitely UND vs UW and Mercyhurst vs BC. I’m really hoping for at
    least a split from the Sioux. They were able to keep the lead close with
    Minnesota so they should be confident they have a chance with the Badgers.

    As for BC, I’m not making a call. I think the Eagles will
    really prove this weekend whether they have the consistency a number 2 team
    should have or not. If they use the win over Cornell in their favor to be
    calmed and play smart they should be able to sweep. If they use it to underplay
    the Lakers, well… a split might be in the books.

    Northeastern can win this weekend if they want to but the
    question is do they want to? Start from net, ok performance by the Huskies in
    the past few games. Move out on the line up and well they just proved they can
    score against BU, then why wait so late in the game to actually go out and
    play?

    One more thing, you said see photo at left but I don’t see
    any pictures. Is there a link to click on?

  3. I don’t see UND taking one from Denver this weekend. UND has simply been struggling too much on special teams, and DU has arguably the best special teams in the nation. Stack that on top of their boatload of talent and a goalie that has been playing lights out, and I think it will be too much. I hope I am wrong (especially Saturday night when we are there), but I just don’t see it happening.

    • I agree. After the lackluster weekend against the Dawgs, including losing a 2-0 lead in the first period Saturday night to a middle of the road team, I just can’t see the Sioux making anything happen this weekend. We always seem to be hungover to start the 2nd half push; hope we have shaken the fog and can salvage a split.

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