Weekend picks: Jan. 9

The weather outside is frightful, but inside, women’s Division III games this weekend should be delightful.

Two tournaments dot this weekend’s schedule on top of several ranked teams taking the ice.

As has become an exciting part of the weekend, women’s editor Candace Horgan and women’s writer Matt Mackinder take their picks on the wins and losses for the games ahead.

Friday, Jan. 9

No. 7 Adrian at No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus
Candace: Something tells me the road team is poised for a strong second half. Adrian 3-2
Matt: Another contest that is sure to be a nail-biter. Both of these teams have it all, but Gustavus has a smidge more and gets a 2-0 shutout here with Lindsey Hibbard in net.

Friday/Saturday, Jan. 9-10

St. Michael’s Tournament (St. Michael’s, Oswego, Plymouth State, Hamilton)
Candace: I like the Lakers over the home team in this tournament. Oswego 3, Plymouth State 1, St. Michael’s 2, Hamilton 1, Oswego 3-2
Matt: No ranked teams here, but expect some solid competition. Oswego is the only team better than .500 with a 7-2-0 mark, so I’ll go with the Lakers here.

Rutland Herald Invitational (Stevenson, Castleton, Manhattanville, Holy Cross)
Candace: I’ll pick my alma mater to take it over Castleton. Castleton 3, Stevenson 1, Holy Cross 4, Manhattanville 2, Holy Cross 3-1
Matt: Again, no ranked teams doesn’t mean the games aren’t meaningful. All four teams in this one are .500 or better, so picking a winner is a tough decision. That said, I’ll go out on a limb and say Castleton gets two wins to take the crown.

Sunday, Jan. 11

No. 3 Norwich at No. 2 Elmira
Candace: Last weekend, Elmira faced the No. 4 team, Middlebury, and tied. Something tells me the Soaring Eagles get the win here. Elmira 2-1
Matt: Wow. Talk about Happy New Year! This game will be everything a playoff game or even a national tournament game should be. So with both teams stacked in all areas, what gives? Do we call it a tie? Nope, no cowardice here. I say Elmira wins it in overtime on an Ashley Ryan goal.