NCHC Picks: Oct. 31

Last week was a good one for me, and a bad one for Matthew, and as such, I now have a five-game lead in our race for the six pack of micro brew. Last week, I went 9-2-1 (.791), moving to 25-10-1 (.708), while Matthew went 5-6-1 (.458) to move to 20-15-1 (.569) on the year.

This week presents a big challenge, so let’s get to it.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Miami at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Like Matthew, I think UMD’s trend of winning on Saturday will continue. Miami 3-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2
Matthew: Duluth has already developed a pretty steady habit of losing on the first night of a weekend series and winning the second, and I think the same thing is going to happen again here. Miami 3-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

Nebraska-Omaha at Cornell
Candace: UNO is looking for revenge after last year’s sweep by the Big Red in the Mavericks’ barn. I’m picking UNO to return the favor. Nebraska-Omaha 4-2, 3-2
Matthew: This is UNO’s first-ever trip to Lynah, and I think the Mavericks will get at least a split out of it. The Ivy League teams starting their hockey season later than everyone else might bite the Big Red in the behind. Nebraska-Omaha 3-2, Cornell 4-1

Boston College at Denver
Candace: I’m tempted to pick a split, but this is one of those where I have a very tough time picking against Jerry York. Boston College 3-2, 4-1
Matthew: This is definitely this weekend’s toughest series to predict. BC ought to pick up at least one win at Magness and could come away with a sweep if everything goes the Eagles’ way, but I think DU will spoil that bid. Denver 2-1, Boston College 3-1

Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State home-and-home
Candace: I think St. Cloud might be happy to finish the first six weeks at .500, given how hard their schedule is. I’ll go with home ice on each. St. Cloud 4-3, Minnesota 4-2
Matthew: Another tough series to call, and I’m tempted to go the safe route again. Home team wins twice. St. Cloud State 3-2, Minnesota 3-1

Saturday, Nov. 1

Air Force at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota has looked very good since its opening game. Air Force is always a tough out, but UND should be able to make it through. North Dakota 5-2
Matthew: UND has largely been very good so far this season, and I don’t know if Air Force is up to that much. This could be a trap game for UND, but I think North Dakota will pick up the win. North Dakota 4-2