Weekend picks: Tournament time

Tonight starts the women’s Division III conference tournaments and all six (well, seven) figure to be riddled with competition, which for those loyal diehards, is par for the course at this level.

Candace and Matt make their picks for this weekend’s games.

Thursday, Feb. 26

MIAC
Bethel at St. Mary’s
Candace: I like the home team in this one, but it will be closer. St. Mary’s 3-2
Matt: Home ice seems to matter in the playoffs and that’s the case here as St. Mary’s wins 4-1.

Friday-Sat. Feb. 27-28

WIAC
Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Wisconsin-River Falls
Wisconsin-Superior at Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Candace: Both home teams have been strong throughout the year, and should advance to a much-anticipated clash. Wis.-River Falls 4-1, 3-1 Wis.-Stevens Point 3-1, 2-1
Matt: River Falls and Stevens Point should meet in the finals, so both get the win here at home.

Saturday, Feb. 28

ECAC East
Southern Maine at Castleton
Massachusetts-Boston at Manhattanville
Univ. of New England at Norwich
Nichols at Salve Regina
Candace: A tough conference to pick, except for Norwich. Castleton 2-1, Manhattanville 3-1, Norwich 4-0, Nichols 3-1
Matt: Norwich is my pick to come out of the ECAC East, so the Cadets win here, along with Castleton, Manhattanville and Salve Regina.

ECAC West
Cortland at Oswego
Buffalo State at Utica
Candace: Oswego has been probably the third best team in this conference. Oswego 3-0, Utica 3-1
Matt: Oswego has been my dark horse all season and the Lakers get the duke here. So does Utica.

MIAC
Concordia (Minn.) at St. Thomas
Candace:
Matt: St. Thomas is just too well-rounded for Concordia and gets the win, let’s say 4-0.

NCHA
Marian at St. Norbert
Concordia (Wis.) at St. Scholastica
Candace:
Matt: St. Norbert poses a serious threat to Adrian, waiting in the wings next weekend and the Green Knights win here. St. Scholastica has Nina Waidacher and she’s the difference against Concordia.

NESCAC
Colby at Amherst
Bowdoin at Connecticut College
Hamilton at Middlebury
Williams at Trinity
Candace: I don’t see anything stopping an Amherst-Middlebury final. Amherst 4-1, Bowdoin 2-1, Middlebury 4-1, Trinity 1-0
Matt: Middlebury is my lock to win the NESCAC, so let’s pick a Panthers’ win here, in addition to wins by Amherst, Bowdoin in a major upset, and Trinity.

ECAC Women’s Open
Holy Cross vs. St. Anselm
Franklin Pierce vs. St. Michael’s
Candace: St. Anselm has been the bane of the Crusaders of late, but I’m picking my alma mater to face St. Michael’s. Holy Cross 3-2, St. Michael’s 3-1
Matt: Always been a fan of Holy Cross, so the Crusaders win in what should be a tightly contested affair. I also like Franklin Pierce’s talent base and it carries the squad to a win in this event.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The only team that could have taken BU out from the regular
    season title was UNH and the Terriers took that one away. I do expect on the other hand for UVM to put
    up a big fight as they would rather face UNH instead of NU.

    I think that BSU has what it takes to squeeze a tight win
    over the Badgers. After their tough performance against UM they should carry
    over that momentum. Maybe a split?

    It’s a tough road schedule for Clarkson but the last thing
    they would want to do is leave their NCAA spot into another team’s bad luck.

  2. Are you two just not even picking for the Gophers any more? This is the second week in a row you’ve left them out. What if St. Cloud surprises the heck out of all of us? Bemidji almost did it.

    • Eastern bias — Candace feels UConn games are more compelling. Seriously, congratulations to her on making a sieve of me in our contest once more. Hopefully, the six-pack donation will go toward a real beer and not something blasphemous like Bud Light.

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