NCHC picks: Nov. 14

Well, Matthew gained a game back on me. I went 7-3 (.700) to move to 39-14-2 (.727) on the year, while Matthew went 8-2 (.800) to move to 33-20-2 (.618) on the year.

Some big clashes between ranked teams highlight the action. Let’s see how we can do.

Friday, Nov. 14

Colorado College at No. 11 Denver
Candace: Denver probably remembers losing the Gold Pan last year, and while the Tigers have owned this rivalry more often than not in recent years, I like the Pioneers. Denver 4-1
Matthew: There’s some truth to the saying about throwing records out the window for rivalry games, but even still, Denver should win this one somewhat comfortably. Denver 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15

No. 7 Miami at No. 2 North Dakota
Candace: Like my counterpart says, it’s hard to know which night each team will win. OT is likely in at least one of these. North Dakota 3-2, Miami 4-2
Matthew: Between UND’s injury woes and the RedHawks coming to Grand Forks, I’d be very surprised if UND is able to boost its unbeaten streak to 10 games this weekend. I think they’ll pick up one win over Miami, but it’s tough to tell when it’ll happen. Miami 3-1, North Dakota 4-1

No. 15 St. Cloud State at Western Michigan
Candace: Western Michigan coach Andy Murray knows he has an angry St. Cloud team coming to town. I’ll pick the Huskies the first game. St. Cloud 3-1, Western Michigan 3-2
Matthew: Neither of these teams have really set the world on fire early this season. This series has ‘split’ written all over it. Western Michigan 3-1, St. Cloud State 2-1

No.13 Minnesota-Duluth vs. No. 1 Minnesota (home-and-home)
Candace: I don’t see the Bulldogs pulling back-to-back sweeps, so I’ll go with home ice in each. Minnesota 4-2, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2
Matthew: Arguably the biggest non-conference series going on this week, and I’m finding it difficult to take anything other than a split here. Home teams win. Minnesota 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2