NCHC picks: Jan. 2

Matthew and I didn’t do so hot picking holiday tournaments, going 3-2 (.600). On the year, I am 64-31-6 (.663) and Matthew is 60-35-6 (.623).

Friday, Jan. 2

No. 11 Denver at Dartmouth
Candace: I think Denver starts off its second half with a win. Denver 4-2
Matthew: Dartmouth has been decent so far this season and is at home in this one, but I like the Pioneers here. Denver 3-2


No. 11 Denver vs. Brown
Candace: Denver goes 2-0 on its swing through the ECAC. Denver 3-1
Matthew: The Bears have had a tough go of it recently, and I think DU will expose a lot of weaknesses. Denver 3-0


No. 14 Quinnipiac at St. Cloud State
Candace: St. Cloud didn’t do well to close its first half, but I think the Huskies will at least split here. St. Cloud State 3-1, Quinnipiac 3-2
Matthew: SCSU has lost four of its last five games, but the Huskies will be amped for their first home games in over a month and I think they’ll get something from this series. Split. St. Cloud State 2-1, Quinnipiac 2-1

No. 6 Miami at Rensselaer
Candace: Miami had a surprise loss to Notre Dame, but righted the ship against Cornell. Miami 3-1
Matthew: I have sneaking suspicion that these could be trap games for Miami, but I think the RedHawks will take of business. Miami 3-1, 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 3-4

Colorado College at No. 16 Providence
Candace: CC has been dreadful on the road, going winless so far. I don’t see that changing here. Providence 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: Providence isn’t what we thought it was at the start of the season, but I still like the Friars to sweep at home in this series. Providence 3-1, 2-1

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Colorado College at Connecticut
Candace: I think the Tigers will finally get a road win here. Colorado College 3-2
Matthew: I’ve got to think this will be CC’s best chance to get anything from its East Coast swing. Colorado College 3-2