Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 9

Arlan and I picked identically last week, and we went 15-4-1. On the year, I am 176-60-27 while Arlan is 173-63-27. This week, we differ on a few games, so let’s see if I put more distance between us or Arlan closes the gap.

Friday, Jan. 9

St. Lawrence at Cornell
Candace: I think the Big Red have ironed out their issues. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Saints will have some good games in the second half, but with travel and a couple of key injuries, I don’t expect this to be one of them. Cornell 5-3

Yale at Princeton
Candace: Yale looked really good last weekend, and I think they’ll continue to play well. Yale 3-1
Arlan: The Bulldogs have looked better coming out of the break than the Tigers. Yale 3-2

Dartmouth at RPI
Candace: RPI played well last weekend, and Dartmouth has been up and down, but I think they come out strong. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: The Engineers are playing better than they were when they fell to the Big Green in November, but I think that DC gets these critical points. Dartmouth 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10

Robert Morris at RIT
Candace: The Tigers closed the first half on a 1-7 run, while the Colonials won their exhibition game to start the second half. I’m picking Robert Morris and hoping I get one game right. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: A month ago, I’d have had zero insight as to what to expect from this series. Add in a break, and my knowledge drops to negative numbers. RIT 2-1, Robert Morris 1-0

Ohio State at St. Cloud
Candace: I think the Buckeyes might pull into the final home ice slot in the WCHA before season’s end. Ohio State 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: This is the type of series where the Buckeyes have traditionally been hurt by an inability to sweep; can they this time? Ohio State 3-1, 1-0

Saturday, Jan. 10

Clarkson at Cornell
Candace: Cornell won in a blowout last month, and I think it will be closer, but the same result. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Cornell looks poised for a big second half, and it clearly needs one. Cornell 4-2

Yale at Quinnipiac
Candace: This will be closer than the last time the two played. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: If this contest had better rules, I’d pick a 1-1 tie. Quinnipiac 2-1

Brown at Princeton
Candace: I think it will be closer than the last outing between the two, but expect the Tigers to win. Princeton 4-2
Arlan: The Tigers continue to hang around the .500 mark. Princeton 5-4

Harvard at RPI
Candace: Like Cornell, I think the Crimson will have a big second half. Harvard 5-1
Arlan: For whatever reason, the Crimson don’t play that well in Troy, but they look to be on a bit of a roll now. Harvard 4-1

Maine at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers won’t take the Black Bears lightly this time. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: The Terriers should be able to avenge a loss in Orono. Boston University 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 10-11

Boston College at Northeastern (home-and-home)
Candace: Eagles netminder Gabriella Switaj gave up three goals on her first three shots in her first start of the season against Wednesday, but I think she will be more solid this time out while Katie Burt is still playing for the U.S. in Buffalo. Boston College 4-1, 6-1
Arlan: For the first time in months, the Eagles looked a bit vulnerable versus BU, but the Huskies don’t possess as much firepower. Boston College 4-2, 6-1

New Hampshire at Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: UNH won the last time they played 5-0. The Wildcats haven’t played since, while Providence has had a few games and looked good in them. Let’s go with home ice for each. Providence 3-1, New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: Providence showed some improvement in tying at RPI, so let’s go with home ice. Providence 3-2, New Hampshire 2-0

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: I think the Catamounts will have a more consistent second half. Vermont 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: The battle to escape the Hockey East basement. Vermont 3-1, Connecticut 1-0

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: I would have been looking forward to this series more about six weeks ago, before the Beavers tanked. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Look for the Bulldogs to be on a crusade. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 4-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Candace: I got burned picking Wisconsin when they played in Madison in the first half, so I’m going with the Gophers. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: These teams learn where they need to improve over the next two months. Minnesota 3-2, 2-1

Syracuse at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota is looking better after a few shaky outings, and Syracuse seems to have put all its good play into beating Mercyhurst in November. North Dakota 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: In the first semester, the Orange would have gained a split from this trip. Has UND gotten more consistent? North Dakota 4-2, 3-1

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Boston University at Cornell
Candace: I think this will be a barn-burner, but I’m going with the home team. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: The Big Red conclude a three-game week that will go a long way to determining their fate. Boston University 4-3

2 COMMENTS

  1. Now, it is a four-way tie for first. Also, great wins for BU and Lowell. BU now controls its destiny, as does Lowell. Merrimack probably needs to win out the regular season and get to Hockey East finals to have a shot at the autobid, as they sit at 29th in Pairwise.

    Lowell moves up to 9th in Pairwise and BU ties for 17th.

  2. So if the season ended today in hockey east who would how would the seedings be set for spots 1-4. My friends and I were debating this last night.

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