Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 13

Arlan and I tied last week, thanks to Cornell coming back to beat Quinnipiac in overtime. We both went 18-8-2 (.678) to move to 259-99-36 (703).

Friday, Feb. 13

Princeton at Clarkson
Candace: Princeton has proven a dangerous team of late, but I have to think home ice matters. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: Sometimes, the score alone is so profound that nothing more need be said. This is not one of those times. Clarkson 2-1

Dartmouth at Colgate
Candace: Dartmouth has looked very vulnerable of late, and Colgate is playing better, but I’m sticking with the Big Green. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Colgate defeated the Big Green three weeks ago, but prior to that, it hadn’t done so in five years. Dartmouth 3-2

Harvard at Cornell
Candace: Are the Crimson due for a letdown after the emotional win over Boston College in the Beanpot? This probably goes to OT. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: Does the Beanpot bring complacency or a zest for more hardware? Harvard 4-3

Quinnipiac at St. Lawrence
Candace: If this was two weeks ago, I’d probably pick differently. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: My upset special — or maybe it’s not that special. St. Lawrence 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14

Penn State at Mercyhurst
Candace: Penn State hasn’t been swept in conference this season, but there is no percentage in picking against the Lakers on home ice. Mercyhurst 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: I’ll admit it; over the years, Mercyhurst has conditioned me to the extent that I’m willing to buy into a “Turned a Corner” theory based on a sweep of a last-place team. Mercyhurst 3-1, 3-2

RIT at Robert Morris
Candace: Arlan seems to have a better handle on Robert Morris games than me. Robert Morris 3-2, RIT 2-1
Arlan: I’m fairly confident that this will be a split. As for the order, that’s based mainly on lunar tables. Robert Morris 2-1, RIT 1-0

Lindenwood at Syracuse
Candace: I should have picked the Orange last week. Syracuse 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Syracuse is a biblical name that means, “That draws violently.” So we’re going to have a violent tie? Or two? Wait, it’s a boy’s name. Yeah, I’m stalling. Syracuse 3-2, 2-1

Maine at Boston College
Candace: I think the Black Bears are going to bear the brunt of an Eagles team angry at its first loss. Boston College 6-1, 8-1
Arlan: BC is anxious to get back on the ice. Boston College 4-0, 7-1

New Hampshire at Vermont
Candace: Will Vermont finally start to do as well in conference as it has out of conference? Vermont 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats won the first meeting handily, back when they couldn’t defeat anyone else, one of two wins in a stretch of 13 losses. Vermont 2-1, 4-3

Wisconsin at Ohio State
Candace: The Badgers are solidly the second-best team in the WCHA. I don’t think they will let the Buckeyes surprise them. Wisconsin 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes are still looking for their first goal versus the Badgers this season; they should get at least one on Senior Day. Wisconsin 3-0, 2-1

North Dakota at St. Cloud State
Candace: North Dakota moves into third place in the WCHA after this weekend. North Dakota 4-1, 4-0
Arlan: UND has about 1,000 more reasons to be motivated for this series than do the Huskies. North Dakota 5-0, 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota
Candace: The Bulldogs got a tie the last time these two played, but I think the Gophers will rebound from the North Dakota loss. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: This rivalry will continue once Shannon Miller is gone from UMD, but I doubt it will ever be quite the same. Minnesota 2-1, 4-2

Saturday, Feb. 14

Quinnipiac at Clarkson
Candace: I’m going with Arlan’s first instinct. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: My first instinct is to pick Quinnipiac. Think long, think wrong. Clarkson 1-0

Dartmouth at Cornell
Candace: The Big Red get a cortical win. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: It shouldn’t be as close as the first meeting. Cornell 5-2

Princeton at St. Lawrence
Candace: The Saints get back in the win column. St. Lawrence 2-1
Arlan: What I like about the ECAC is I don’t have to worry about trying to pick splits. St. Lawrence 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 14-15

Boston University vs. Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: Which Terriers team shows up? Boston University 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: Assuming that the Terriers realize that they really, really need these games. Boston University 4-2, 6-2

Northeastern at Connecticut
Candace: Even though Northeastern hasn’t beaten the top teams, the Huskies have looked good against them, so I’m picking Northeastern. Northeastern 2-1, 4-2
Arlan: A vote for Senior Day. Northeastern 4-2, Connecticut 2-1

Monday, Feb. 16

Minnesota State at St. Cloud
Candace: Home ice equals a win. St. Cloud State 2-1
Arlan: The Huskies have yet to win in 2015, so they’re due. St. Cloud State 2-1

45 COMMENTS

      • That’s the problem with the Hoby. The obvious choice dosn’t always get the award. It’s losing it’s meaning as far as I’m concerned.

          • Not the obvious choice…. Its just just how many points scored, it’s when and how those points were scored. Its about two way play, its about the players ability to adapt and make plays happen. It’s about being the best player on the ice no matter when… Who has come up bigger for their team???

        • I watched the video. What I saw was some very bad defensemen on some very weak teams. Miele is talented, no doubt about it. But, I am telling you, he is not the player Frattin is. Miele might have slightly better stick handling skills but as an OVERALL hockey player there is simply nobody in Frattin’s league. I think you would have to see him play through the year to get a true idea of how awesome of player he really is. Miele might make a nice video but when it comes to winning hockey games for your team there is nobody in Frattin’s class. Barry Melrose knows hockey fairly well I think most of us would agree and he sees Frattin as the best hockey player in the college ranks. I am serious, there is nobody that can play with Frattin game in and game out through a season. I won’t get into whose conference is better and al that jack….but I think the WCHA doesn’t take a backseat to any conference. Frattin has tore up the WCHA this year and that is making quite a statement.

        • Miele has a great view of the game and great stick handling skills… difference being that UND has depth and doesn’t place all our goal scorers on 1 line… Frattin can hit like no other, play the defensive side of the puck, and score goals against teams that don’t look like a bunch of cones standing around on the ice. No doubt both him and Frattin will be in the Hat Trick… but Frattin could have taken the easy road out…. but didn’t and has come back as THE best college hockey player in the league on the #1 ranked team and in the best college hockey conference.

      • clearly you haven’t seen miele play at all this year. if you are talking about pure skill then no one comes close to miele. the guy is a better version of nathan gerbe. oh yeah, and he hasnt been arrested. better player on the ice and off it.

        • Miele is great player…no doubt about it. He’s no Frattin. Take Miele out of the CCHA and put him in the WCHA…..he wouldn’t come close to Frattin. WCHA is a Physical League…this guy would get his T*!* Lit Up! See You at the Frozen Four.

    • Frattin will win the Hobey Baker award, especially with his play in the WCHA championship and the double OT goal to win it for North Dakota

    • karl Largen…that is seriously the worst comment i’ve ever seen. Come up with something better than that…….How can you disagree? He plays in the toughest conference in the country…and leads the Nation in goals. He throws is weight around like he doesn’t even care if he kills himself…i’ve seen him rock people….who would be close in this race??

  1. Stop the madness! There is only one person who is even in this race…Miele.Schmell….or anyone else for that matter….are all in second place!! Frattin is a complete hockey player…not JUST a goal scorer. He is a larger version of Oshie and with a better shot. Even Barry Melrose (who is God in hockey) says Frattin is the best player in college hockey. All you jokers can stop posting now, it’s Frattin and then a bunch of runner-ups…..lol. Man, just think of it…Hobey and a national championship in the same year…whoa baby……lmao…:)

  2. if it was determined by the most points Gustav Nyquist from Maine would have won it last year. Character comes into play and getting arrested certainly does not improve the odds.

  3. I think the hobey over the last 10 years has become a joke!!! It should never be judged on goals….. Reason being,”its a hell of alot harder to scrore a goal in the WCHA”. If you don’t think this your a tard!!!! Frattin has a great story in his young life. And will no doubt be a pretty good NHL player. No matter if he wins or not you have the give the guy alot of credit for finding out what is important in his life.He worked hard to get back what he messed up. He was a kid that was drunk and threw a couch in the street at 3 in the morning and got caught. Most of us in life have done much worse and not got caught!!!! As far as Miele, I think he will win the hobey.. I do not agree with him winning! He is a taleted player with one weekeness..If he gets rocked, he get off his game. With this said, Miele will win the hobey then play for a NHL farm team and be done with hockey in 5 years.. Frattin will be in a starting NHL lineup for 10 to 15 years… So who is really winning here.. LMAO!!!!!

  4. Whitehead has turned Maine into the old Lowell program – a consistent loser. Oh wait, Whitehead created the old Lowell didn’t he? This weekend Maine fans can see Maine’s future in watching Lowell, once we get rid of Timmay, that is. Good grief when will it end –

    • 12 years at Maine, 4 Frozen Fours, 2 National Championship Games, a winning % north of .570…the AD’s “boy”. I don’t believe that Whitehead is going anywhere anytime soon, except to recruit for next season.

      • Living in the past Ben. 4FF 2 Champ games all with Walsh’s players and Standbrook’s recruits. Past 6 years this team has been all Timmays: 0 HE regular season titles, 0 HE tourney titles, 1 NCAA appearance (if you can call it that since the team was a no-show), 3 losing seasons, 96-110-28 overall which is clearly not .570. Dude this team is wretched in every aspect of the game, but that’s what you get with a high school coach and DIII players.

  5. I would be very surprised to see BU in the semi’s. The closest matchup is UNH v PC. A strange bounce could decide that series, or UNH could wake up. I’d love to see Lowell win three more games (7 truthfully, but let’s focus on this tourney first).

    • OK. You guys were right. BU has too many matchup issues for MC. How come HE officials review every Lowell goal? It’s starting to get old.

        • I’ve watched a lot of college hockey in my time, and by far more UML goals get a ‘second look’. I understand it’s for the integrity of the game, but when it’s consistently serving as a time out or stops the swing in momentum, a fan starts to question.

    • It shoudn’t be that hard to believe. We actually match up quite well against Merrimack. We did sweep the regular season series after all.

      We even have a game in hand now. Although I suppose Merrimack won’t be a .500 team anymore. We probably will have to win the semi-final against BC to get in the NCAA tournament.

      • This performance speaks to the depth in recruiting. With the amount of players that would be playing serious minutes on any team in the country that are not playing for one reason or another; I thought a traditionally physical MC team would have a strong edge.

  6. “many will say Maine was playing its best hockey down the stretch”

    if 2-1-2 in the last 5 games or 3-3-3 in the last 9 is Maine’s “best hockey”, then they’re not really very good at all.

  7. You’re faith in UNH is about as strong as mine! I feel like they are lucky if they get one win down there.

    • I strongly disagree with you bronxbomberz41. I think UNH is going to beat Providence and advance to the TD Garden. Go UNH Hockey! Go UNH Wildcats!

      • I wish i could be as optimistic as you, but they are just not playing good enough hockey for it. They will get bounced by PC here then lose at Manchester in the first round. Ending the season with 5 straight losses

    • As a UNH grad this has been excruciating watching another Umile-led team falter, but I think it’ll come together for just one weekend. UNH wins series, 2-0.

      • They had 13 wins after Christmas, and now they only have 18. Its been a pathetic second half after a first half filled with such promise. The defense either disappeared or was a mirage, we don’t have a scorer, and teams have figured out you can just press them with a decent fore check.

        • They were 12-3-2 after the Holiday Tourney at Dartmouth. Granted, 7-7-5 since then is not spectacular, but it could be much worse. They have at least found a way to escape with a lot of ties, not losses. By all accounts, they played great last night and couldn’t pull it out (story on CHN). Today was not as well played, but they found the net better. They COULD still do damage, just as anybody can this time of year. A bounce, a post, great save, any one play can decide who advances.

  8. With all due respect, not sure I understand your rationale for picking the 3rd “if necessary” game when you have already picked a winner after two games. All that tells me is that you are not secure in your predictions for games 1 and 2. Hedging your bets? Strange.

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