NCHC picks: Nov. 7

Last week, I picked up even more ground on Matthew in our season race. I went 7-1-1 (.833) to move to 32-11-2 (.733) on the year, while Matthew went 5-3-1 (.611) to move to 25-18-2 (.577).

There are a few hard picks this week, so let’s see how we do.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8

Western Michigan at Denver
Candace: Denver swept this one last November, and the Pioneers also knocked the Broncos out of the NCHC tournament. This might end up a split, but I’ll go with the Pioneers to sweep. Denver 2-1, 2-1
Matthew: Western has struggled out of the gate this season, but I think their recent weekend off came at a good time before they make the long trip to Colorado. Denver’s the better team here, but I can see the Broncos stealing one. Denver 3-1, Western Michigan 2-1

Colorado College at Miami
Candace: If this was in Colorado Springs, I might pick a split. Miami 3-2, 4-1
Matthew: I have real concerns for CC this weekend. The Tigers took a pair of 6-2 poundings in their last two games at Boston College and New Hampshire, and although they’re coming off of a bye week and have had plenty of time to regroup, the RedHawks are still solid favorites to take care of business at home. Miami 3-0, 3-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud State
Candace: Minnesota-Duluth seems to like Saturday nights, while the Huskies can win on either, but seemingly not both. St. Cloud 4-2, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2
Matthew: Neither of these teams have really blown me away thus far, but although UMD is on the road this weekend, I have a feeling the Bulldogs will pick up a split. St. Cloud State 3-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

North Dakota at Wisconsin
Candace: North Dakota will miss Mark MacMillan, as shown last week  against Air Force, but Wisconsin has been dreadful so far, and until the Badgers pick up a few wins, I can’t pick them. Wonder what I’ll do in two weeks when they come to Denver? North Dakota 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: Wisconsin has had a very poor start to the season, but the Kohl Center will be a tough place for UND to have to play this weekend. I can see the Badgers picking up one win, but nothing more. Even still, though, I’ll take the league homer pick. North Dakota 2-1, 3-1

Nebraska-Omaha at Ohio State
Candace: Something tells me this will be a split, but I expect both games to be very tight. Nebraska-Omaha 4-2, Ohio State 3-2
Matthew: Ohio State has had a tough schedule early on this season, and it won’t get much easier this weekend when UNO comes to Columbus. I think the Buckeyes will get something from this, but UNO has proven itself to be a good enough team to go on the road and pick up at least a split in what in Columbus isn’t the most hostile environment. Nebraska-Omaha 3-2, Ohio State 4-2


  1. BC should be #1 today after the new rankings come out due to the fact they lost to a ranked team unlike UND and Yale. Either way it’s of no consequence as long as they remain top 4 in the pairwise and claim a #1 seed in a regional. See you in St. Paul

  2. Michigan Tech needs to fire Coach Jamie Russell – NOW! The Athletic Director needs to fired also. We are a D1 Hockey team and MTU treats the JEM like it is just another D2 or D3 sport.

  3. Curt Thompkins, former MTU president, is the one who started the process of turning Tech into a basketball and football school. It’s really a shame that there isn’t a Div II level in college hockey because that’s were Tech belongs.

    The MacInnes Student Ice Arena is the smallest arena in the WCHA with the worst attendance. It’s beyond me why they wasted the money adding skyboxes for a perennial last place team…

  4. Having attended both UNO/Alabama Huntsville games I can tell you this:

    1. Alabama Huntsville never quit either night. They played hard. Kudos to them.

    2. I have never seen two hockey games that were so one-sided that were as close as these were. The Friday Night game was scoreless until almost the 3rd period. At times (in fact, a lot) Alabama Huntsville looked like they didn’t belong on the same ice with UNO (they shouldn’t, and, they don’t, really).

    3. Alabama Huntsville’s goalie played out of his mind on Saturday night. Kudos to him, but, he had a horseshoe up his you know what that night. It was an absolute shooting gallery out there. Some of UNO best scoring opportunities, both nights, came on Alabama Huntsville power plays. Really, when they were on the power play, you couldn’t even tell! They had a whale of time getting the puck out of their own end, power plays or not. Since we obviously had them so outmanned, it was clear that Coach Blais told his players to play super aggressive in man down situations and there were at least a couple occasions where UAH was on a power play and it looked like UNO was on one!! It was crazy.

    4. Let’s not forget that UNO had 3 goals waved off on Saturday night, one of which Coach Blais said, and I agree, was clearly a goal. One clearly wasn’t, though.

    5. Saturday night’s game was easily the most embarrassing hockey loss in UNO school history.

    6. I NEVER thought I’d hear myself saying this, but, I miss CCHA refs.

    7. Lost in all this was John Faulkner’s nation leading 5th shut-out on Friday night. Faulkner has now taken a shut-out into the 3rd period of 9 games this season!!! Nine!!!

    8. UNO has had a disturbing tendency to play down to their competition this year. Translation: They look like what they are, a team with 10 freshman almost all of whom are getting meaningful ice time.

  5. Elmira has no one to blame but themselves.  They knew after getting swept by RIT that they’d probably have to make the ECAC West final to guarantee a bid.

  6. Oh Derek, how you make me laugh! Your Eagles colours are still flying! Elmira shot themselves out of contention the minute they lost their last game. Simply put, they do no derserve to be there. They did not play well enough when it counted. Get over it. Move on.


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