Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 22

Well, we picked a lot of games last week, and Arlan moved even farther in front of me. Last week, I went 20-7-3 (.716) to move to 95-33-14 (.723) on the year, while Arlan went 21-6-3 (.750) to move to 102-26-14 (.773). I wonder how many games he’ll beat me by this year?

Friday, Nov. 22

Clarkson at Princeton
Candace: Princeton is showing marked improvement, but Clarkson needs this game. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Is Princeton in the domain of teams that Clarkson can defeat? Just how big is that domain? Clarkson 2-1

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
Candace: This should be close, but I expect the Bobcats to come out on top. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: The Bobcats look to avenge their ECAC playoff loss to the Saints. Quinnipiac 2-1

Boston University at Harvard
Candace: I have to make up some ground somehow. Maybe the Terriers will help. Boston University 2-1
Arlan: A win should move Harvard into the top four in the PairWise Rankings. Harvard 1-0

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23

Mercyhurst at RIT
Candace: I expect two close games, with the Lakers winning both. Mercyhurst 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Let’s just pretend that it is the old days and the Lakers don’t lose to anyone, including RIT. Mercyhurst 3-2, 4-1

Robert Morris at Syracuse
Candace: Which Syracuse team shows, and which Colonials team shows? Robert Morris 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: I left this one for last because it had me dreaming up grammar errors like “perplexingest.” Robert Morris 1-0, 4-3

Northeastern at Vermont
Candace: This is more than likely a split, but I’ll pick a Northeastern sweep in the hopes that I get some more ground back. Unlikely, since it’s a Hockey East game. Northeastern 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: I’m not sure if Northeastern has anyone as good as Pelkey and Zuback. Vermont 3-2, 2-1

Ohio State at Minnesota State
Candace: Arlan’s right. No idea on who wins which night, so we’ll go Buckeyes as the more likely to take both. Ohio State 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: My guess is that this is a split, but I have zero insight into the order, so I’ll try to get one right. Ohio State 2-1, 4-2

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: The Bulldogs continue to puzzle me, but I think this is a sweep. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 3-2
Arlan:  Both the Beavers and Bulldogs have better records on the road. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 4-1

Wisconsin at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota is primed for a letdown after an emotional win in breaking Minnesota’s streak. Plus, NoDak has even more trouble beating Wisconsin than Minnesota. Wisconsin 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: UND is looking for its first sweep of the Badgers, but I look for Alex Rigsby to be the difference. Wisconsin 2-1, 3-2

Saturday, Nov. 23

St. Lawrence at Princeton
Candace: Princeton really surprised me last week against UNH and BC. I think they might take this. Princeton 2-1
Arlan: Another game that promises entertainment value, and likely the best chance of the week for the Saints to win. St. Lawrence 3-2

Clarkson at Quinnipiac
Candace: This is a hard game to pick. I’ll go with the Golden Knights goalie. Clarkson 2-1
Arlan: Clarkson hasn’t had much success against ranked opponents. Quinnipiac 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24

Connecticut home and home with Boston College
Candace: Will the real BC Eagles stand up? Hopefully. Boston College 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: If I think about this too long my head will hurt, so I’ll just say that suddenly the Eagles are all better. Boston College 4-2, 5-1

Maine at Providence
Candace: Sooner or later, Providence should start winning. Providence 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: PC hasn’t won in seven games; Maine hasn’t won at all. Providence 3-2, 5-2

Sunday, Nov. 24

Boston University at New Hampshire
Candace: New Hampshire has plagued me all season. I’ll take the Terriers. Boston University 3-1
Arlan: UNH is supposedly getting players back from injury; the question would be, how soon? Boston University 2-1

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Quinnipiac at Princeton
Candace: Should be a great game, but I expect Quinnipiac to win. Quinnipiac 4-2
Arlan: A very entertaining bunch of games coming up in the ECAC. Quinnipiac 4-3

Robert Morris at Ohio State
Candace: OSU upset Mercyhurst earlier in the year. Then they tanked. Robert Morris has shown signs of life. Robert Morris 4-2
Arlan: Ohio State has been about as steady as a Hockey East team, so it won’t do what I expect — whatever that is. Ohio State 2-1

Tuesday-Wedneady, Nov. 26-27

St. Lawrence at Mercyhurst
Candace: As Arlan says, this is a brutal stretch for the Saints. Mercyhurst 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: SLU plays four games in six days in three states, all on the road — brutal. Mercyhurst 3-2, 3-1