NCHC picks: Dec. 5

Well, I finally extended my lead on Matthew, thanks to North Dakota. Last week, I went 3-2-1 (.583) to move to 52-22-4 (.692) on the year, while Matthew went 2-3-1 (.416) to move to 46-28-4 (.615).

Six of the eight NCHC squads are in action, so let’s see how we can do this week.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6

No. 12 Omaha at No. 4 Miami
Candace: This series is one that I think I could flip a coin 10 times and still get wrong. Nebraska-Omaha 4-2, Miami 4-1
Matthew: UNO has been exceptional away from home in the first half of this season, and I think the Mavericks will pick up at least one win in Oxford. It’s a guessing game, though, as to which night they’ll make that happen. Miami 3-1, Omaha 3-2

Colorado College at No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: The Bulldogs had a great November, and I think they get off to a good start in December. Minneosta-Duluth 3-2, 4-1
Matthew: I’m having difficulty seeing CC getting much out of this series. Watch, that probably means the Tigers will steal a win. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 3-2

No. 10 Denver at Cornell
Candace: If Denver can avoid a post week-off letdown in the first game, I like the Pioneers to sweep this one, although I think both games are close. Denver 3-1, 3-2
Matthew: Normally this would be a series I’d be really excited about, but Cornell’s had such a blah start to the season that I can see DU continuing NCHC teams’ string of doing well at Lynah this season. Split. Denver 3-2, Cornell 2-1

Lake Superior State at No. 1 North Dakota
Candace: I think North Dakota will make a push to finish strong, and they are at home. North Dakota 3-1, 4-1
Matthew: Lake State has had a really rough first half of the season and lost by a combined 10-0 at home to Minnesota State last weekend. UND could be tempted to look past this weekend to its trip to Denver next week, but I think UND will get the job done all the same. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1