Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 1

Arlan continues to lead our picks race. We both went 16-4 (.800) last week, so I am now 47-18-5 (.707) on the year, and Arlan is 50-15-5 (.750).

Let’s see if maybe this week, I can gain some ground.

Friday Nov. 1

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: Connecticut has actually been playing some good hockey this season. Connecticut 3-2
Arlan: I have no idea what the status of Roxanne Douville is, so Connecticut might actually be the favorite. Vermont 4-3

Cornell at Princeton
Candace: Cornell is looking like the class of the East right now. Cornell 5-1
Arlan: Hard to bet against the Big Red right now. Cornell 4-2

Colgate at Quinnipiac
Candace: I lost a potential gain on Arlan last week by picking Dartmouth over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats are here to stay. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: The Raiders are following a similar path to last season when they didn’t turn it up until December. Quinnipiac 4-1

Harvard at RPI
Candace: Rensselaer is spiraling in the wrong direction. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Not sure what is broken at Rensselaer, but this doesn’t seem like the game to engineer a fix. Harvard 4-1

Yale at St. Lawrence
Candace: Yale has played good hockey, but hasn’t been able to pull it out. St. Lawrence 3-2
Arlan: The Bulldogs will win versus this caliber of opponent this season, but likely not in the North Country. St. Lawrence 4-3

Northeastern at Maine
Candace: Even if Northeastern is inconsistent, I have to go with the Huskies. Northeastern 3-2
Arlan: It’s nearly impossible to say how the Black Bears will react in the first game of the post Maria Lewis era. Maine 3-2

Boston University at New Hampshire
Candace: Which New Hampshire team shows up? This might be an overtime game. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: The signs favor UNH with BU coming off a midweek OT game, but I never learned how to read signs. Boston University 3-2

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 3

Boston College home-and-home with Providence
Candace: Boston College has to get back to consistency at some point right? Boston College 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: PC is all about the split, but I’d have no idea on the order if I went that route. Boston College 4-2, 5-4

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2

North Dakota at Bemidji State
Candace: Bemidji plays the best teams tough, but usually falls short. North Dakota 3-0, 4-2
Arlan: If the Beavers bring last week’s effort, then they will get some points. North Dakota 5-2, 3-2

St. Cloud State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: This series will allow the Bulldogs to build some more momentum. Minnesota-Duluth 3-0, 3-2
Arlan: SCSU is in the middle of a brutal Wisconsin/North Dakota/UMD/Minnesota stretch. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 5-0

Minnesota State home-and-home with Minnesota
Candace: Minnesota State has shown improvement, but the Gophers are just to deep. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: Home and home series can be tricky, but not to the degree it will be in January when outdoor hockey is involved. Minnesota 3-1, 2-0

Saturday, Nov. 2

Yale at Clarkson
Candace: This might be a closer game than expected, but Clarkson should pull through. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Can the Golden Knights right the ship versus the Brown/Yale travel pair? Clarkson 3-2

Cornell at Quinnipiac
Candace: I can’t pick against the Big Red Scoring Machine right now. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Cornell is due for a low-scoring game and the Bobcats are a likely opponent to deliver it. Cornell 2-1

Harvard at Union
Candace: Union is getting better, but I think Harvard is underrated. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Dutchwomen are showing signs of improvement, but I don’t remember when they last beat an elite team. Harvard 4-0

Vermont at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers have struggled a bit, but should have enough to win this one. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers aren’t at the level of recent years, but still they still retain more knowledge of how to win than most foes. Boston University 4-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3

Ohio State at Wisconsin
Candace: This should be an interesting series, but home ice and Alex Rigsby wins it. Wisconsin 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes have played the Badgers very tough over the last four years. Wisconsin 2-1, 3-0

Sunday, Nov. 3

New Hampshire at Northeastern
Candace: I really don’t want to pick this game. New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: Hockey East just seems like one big kettle of parity soup where home ice means little. Northeastern 4-3