Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 6

Well, there’s a month left in the season, and Arlan and I are tied. I knew I should have picked Maine. Oh well. Last week, I went 15-10-2 (.592) while Arlan went 16-9-2 (.626). On the year, we are 241-91-34 (.704).

Friday, Feb. 6

Brown at Dartmouth
Candace: The Big Green have been inconsistent, but they are at home. Dartmouth 4-2
Arlan: Having won only once in its last 13, it’s safe to say Brown is in a rough patch. Dartmouth 5-2

Yale at Harvard
Candace: Yes, it’s a trap game with BC looming on Tuesday, but I can’t vote against the Crimson. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: Two words: trap game. Harvard 4-2

Colgate at Princeton
Candace: Colgate looked really good against Cornell, but I still think Princeton wins. Princeton 3-2
Arlan: The good news for Colgate is that Emily Fulton does not play for the Tigers. Princeton 3-1

Cornell at Quinnipiac
Candace: Because I have to pick against Arlan in at least one game. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: I get the sense that the Bobcats will either win a low-scoring, one-goal game or lose by four. Quinnipiac 2-1

Connecticut at Boston College
Candace: Wherefore art the Eagles offense? Boston College 4-1
Arlan: There have been years where the Eagles would lose a game like this, but even then, you never saw it coming. Boston College 6-0

Providence at Northeastern
Candace: The Huskies further solidify home ice for the Hockey East tournament. Northeastern 4-2
Arlan: Two teams that looked good enough in losing to BC that it makes you wonder why they sometimes look so bad. Northeastern 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 6-7

Penn State at Lindenwood
Candace: Penn State doesn’t do well on the road, but I think they’ll be extra motivated to stay close to Mercyhurst. Penn State 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Lindenwood limited the Nittany Lions to 11 shots in winning the most recent game in Pa. Penn State 2-1, 3-2

Mercyhurst at RIT
Candace: I assume these games will be close, but think the Lakers win both. Mercyhurst 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Nothing like a series matching two teams whose primary goaltender didn’t make it to the end of her most recent start to ramp up the variance. Mercyhurst 3-1, 1-0

Robert Morris at Syracuse
Candace: Robert Morris has looked better of late, Syracuse hasn’t, and if I pick a sweep, I’ll get at least one game right. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Sometimes we accuse the Colonials of being inconsistent, but I have to say they are consistently one of the most unpredictable teams in the land. Syracuse 3-2, Robert Morris 2-1

St. Cloud at Bemidji State
Candace: The Beavers should get back to their winning ways. Bemidji State 3-2, 3-2
Arlan: The Beavers make their 2015 home debut coming off of yet another bye week. Bemidji State 3-1, 4-0

Minnesota State at Ohio State
Candace: Minnesota State finally got a conference win, but Ohio State is a better team and at home. Ohio State 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: The Mavericks are definitely improving, but it’s tough to pick a road team that ranks 33rd and 34th respectively in scoring and defense. Ohio State 4-1, 2-0

Minnesota at North Dakota
Candace: There is no percentage in betting against Minnesota. Minnesota 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: These teams could meet in a month in the same building; big crowd for Friday? Minnesota 2-1, 1-0

Minnesota-Duluth at Wisconsin
Candace: While I’m tempted to pick a split, I have to like the Badgers in this. Wisconsin 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: The Bulldogs need to find a win in Madison or Minneapolis, or they’ll lose control of their at-large destiny. Wisconsin 1-0, 3-1

Saturday, Feb. 7

Yale at Dartmouth
Candace: Yale won this pretty convincingly a month ago, but I think Dartmouth comes better prepared. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: These are the type of games where Dartmouth benefits from having Harvard as a travel partner. Dartmouth 3-2

Cornell at Princeton
Candace: The Big Red should take this one. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: The Big Red aren’t a very big favorite in this one, but after losing to the Tigers in the first half and seeing what happened to Harvard, they should be ready. Cornell 4-3

Colgate at Quinnipiac
Candace: These are the games Quinnipiac doesn’t lose. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: This being Senior Night should ward off any potential letdown for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-0

Vermont at Maine
Candace: Still wish I’d picked Maine last week to sweep New Hampshire. Maine 3-2
Arlan: Here is this week’s game that is most likely to end in a tie. Maine 2-1

Boston University at New Hampshire
Candace: The Terriers need a thorough win after getting spanked by Harvard. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: Based on the result versus Harvard, UNH is catching the Terriers at a bad time. Boston University 5-1

Sunday, Feb. 8

Connecticut at New Hampshire
Candace: Picking New Hampshire games just kills me. New Hampshire 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats go for the season sweep. New Hampshire 2-1

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Northeastern vs. Boston University
Candace: I don’t know why the women’s version of the Terriers does so badly in the Beanpot, but I expect a win in this one. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers do not play well in Beanpot games, but this one is much more crucial for them than it is for Northeastern. Boston University 4-3

Boston College at Harvard
Candace: It will be closer than the thrashing in November, but I think ultimately you’ll see the same result. Boston College 3-2
Arlan: Can I change my mind on Monday? Boston College 2-1


    • I agree … Clarkson sucked it up big time … For a team that controlled it’s own destiny, Clarkson went from a possible 3rd seed to a 7th seed in 1 weekend, went 1-4 in it’s last 5 games, and 2-4-1 in it’s last 7 games. A horrible stretch run for a team that was riding above .500 and looking pretty good for a playoff run.

  1. Union:  lock it up.. no, you lock it up.. lock it up…  RPI is a stage five clinger.. time to lock it up… Union has owned them all year…

  2. I think most Union fans will agree that other than Cornell, I don’t see any of the remaining teams giving Union any trouble.  Sure, Union could drop a game here or there to any of these teams, but for the most part Cornell seems to be the only team that can go toe to toe. 

    As for this series, RPI has been hot lately but as Leggs2 stated.. Union has gone  5-1, 5-2 and 5-1 vs. RPI.. this year – that’s pretty much domination.  The two weeks off has to be helpful to Grosenick’s ailing ankle, which no one seems to be talking about…

    The last game with Cornell was a battle.  As a Union fan, I’d like to see a Cornell vs. Union final.. It would be a great game and a true test for two the best.  I’d guess we’d see both teams getting in NCAAs if Cornell wins.

    • Dear Union Fans:
      I hope the team is as overconfident as you. That served you well against #12 Colgate last year.

      The Underdogs

      • Maybe it’s too early, but should I get the First Class flight to Tampa, or settle for peanuts and soft drinks in Coach?  Those seats behind the curtain are just so cramped…

        Union Tampa (Student during the dark, lean years of D-I Union Hockey)

        • Well, you’re right about one thing: the “Maybe it’s too early” part.

          Ever heard the phrase “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”? If the actual Union team and coach are taking their competition seriously, maybe the fans should, too. There are still anywhere from 6 to some teens-number of games before you should bother fueling the plane, or whatever other jump-the-gun jargon you’ve come up with.

          The college hockey fans who realize that the ECAC is full of parity and that Union was well-rested last year before they took on #12 Colgate, too

          • In all seriousness, I wonder what impact final exams have on the Union team for the annual ECAC tourney.  Union finals are next week; they still have a trimester-based system (one of the few in the world).  Finals occur every year in the middle or end of the ECAC tourney (good planning).  I remember being hunkered down in the library for a week, with my team practices minimized or cut out completely in the 90’s.

            Last year v. Colgate was the same deal.  I remember coach Leaman saying in an interview that 2011 practices were off or minimized until exams were over.  Then the Colgate “miracle on ice” occurred … coincidence? 

            Could be a rust issue getting back on the ice – academics are still front burner at Union.  Priorities are in the right place, but it’s bad timing or planning, perhaps.

          •  And RPI is having midterms now, boo hoo. I still had practices and meets during finals. I think either States or ECACs made me have to take a final in the hotel one year because it was a 3 day meet. If I survived playing 2 sports as an electrical engineering major with 2 minors, I think the Union players can manage their studies as english majors…

    • Your boy John Adams (not the Pres.) thought he heard Sioux use the term. He perverted it for his purposes, and mn has adopted it for the last hundred years. You now mock the Sioux language yet you mn libbers call us racist?


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