Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 14

Last week, I gained another two games on Arlan in our season-long race. Hopefully I can keep it up. Neither Arlan nor I did particularly well, as I went 12-7-2 (.619) to move to 95-28-17 (.739) on the year, while Arlan went 10-9-2 (.523) to move to 89-34-17 (.696).

Friday, Nov. 14

Harvard at Clarkson
Candace: The first real test for the Crimson. The Golden Knights have won five in a row, but their last outing against a ranked team didn’t go so well. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: These teams combined for five goals in splitting two games last season. Harvard 2-1

Brown at Cornell
Candace: Even if the Bears seem to have discovered their offense, I don’t see them beating Cornell, which should be eager to record its first win. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: If told one of these teams was one game under .500 and the other was four games under, I’d have matched the wrong team with each record. Who foresaw the Big Red having the worst winning percentage in the country at this point? Cornell 4-3

Rensselaer at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Bobcats have beaten the teams they should, and that continues. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: RPI has only one win on the year; the Bobcats have yet to lose. Obviously, this one is headed to OT. Quinnipiac 4-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: This should be closer than last week’s blowout, but I still like the Big Green. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: I can’t decide if the Saints are more like Robert Morris, or a Hockey East team not named Boston College or Providence. Dartmouth 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15

Penn State at RIT
Candace: I really have no idea how this will play out. RIT hasn’t won since October. RIT 1-0, 2-1
Arlan: In Texas Hold’em, it is said there are four ways to play pocket jacks —- all wrong. This series looks a lot like pocket jacks. RIT 2-1, Penn State 2-1

North Dakota at Bemidji State
Candace: Ties in both wouldn’t surprise me. Since I have no idea of the win order, I’m picking a sweep. North Dakota 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: BSU had its worst performance of the season coming out of its previous bye week. North Dakota 4-1, Bemidji State 2-1

Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: The Gophers get back on track after the disappointment against Bemidji. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: One team is coming off a bye week, and the other played three games in five days. Minnesota 3-2, 4-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud
Candace: Like Arlan, I have no idea of the likely split order, so I’m going with the visitors. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: The Huskies have the goaltending to steal one, but it is almost impossible to predict when a crime will occur. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 6-3

Vermont at Syracuse
Candace: Do the Orange build on finally beating Mercyhurst, or suffer a letdown? My guess says the latter. Vermont 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Vermont has come up with a couple of real clunkers this season, but it hasn’t previously lost back-to-back games. Expect a rebound. Vermont 3-1, 4-3

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dartmouth at Clarkson
Candace: I’m tempted to pick the Big Green, but I think Clarkson should win a squeaker. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Two teams showing signs of being better than expected. Clarkson 4-3

Yale at Cornell
Candace: A tie wouldn’t surprise me at all. I won’t torture myself over this. Cornell 4-3
Arlan: I’m not going to overthink this one —- or think about it at all. Cornell 5-4

Brown at Colgate
Candace: I knew I should have picked Brown in one game against Maine. Brown 4-2
Arlan: Colgate projected to be the team showing improvement, but the Raiders seem addicted to slow starts. Brown 4-2

Rensselaer at Princeton
Candace: I think Princeton should rebound from the tie against RIT. Princeton 4-2
Arlan: It could be a few weeks before the Engineers win again. Princeton 4-2

Harvard at St. Lawrence
Candace: I think St. Lawrence will make this interesting, but Harvard prevails. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: SLU has played six games versus conference opponents but only three conference games. Harvard 4-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 15-16

New Hampshire vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: The Eagles keep rolling. Boston College 5-1, 6-2
Arlan: The Wildcats just ended a losing streak; now, here come the Eagles to start another one. Boston College 7-1, 4-2

Northeastern vs. Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: The way their season is going, the Friars may not get their first win until January. Northeastern 4-2, 3-1
Arlan: Is the Coyne hat trick on Tuesday a sign that she’s going to heat up? Northeastern 3-2, 4-1

Boston University vs. Connecticut (home-and-home)
Candace: Even sans Poulin, I think the Terriers should have enough to win. Boston University 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers are just 2-2-1 with Marie-Philip Poulin out of the line-up. Will she be? Boston University 4-3, 4-2


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