NCHC picks: March 13

We ended our picks race last week in the regular season with me up. Last week, I went 4-3-1 (.562)  and Matthew went 5-2-1 (.687). On the year, I finished the regular season with a very respectable 111-52-14 (.667) record, while Matthew went 105-58-14 (.632).

Let’s see how we can do in the playoffs.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 13-15

Colorado College at North Dakota
Candace: CC will play North Dakota close, but lose both games. North Dakota 4-2, 3-2
Matthew: I could see this series maybe — maybe — going to three games, but for as much as I think CC could give UND headaches, I can’t see the Tigers advancing to Minneapolis. North Dakota 3-2, 5-2

Western Michigan at Miami
Candace: Western looked good last weekend in beating Minnesota-Duluth, but I think the Broncos’ season ends this weekend. Miami 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: This might be the most straightforward series for any first-round favorite. Western has been more down than up in recent weeks and I’m finding it hard to see them getting anything this weekend in Oxford. Miami 4-1, 4-2

St. Cloud State at Omaha
Candace: Like Matthew, I see it going three games, but probably see a different winner. I wonder how @RedArmyUNO feels about this? Omaha 4-2, St. Cloud 3-2, Omaha 4-3
Matthew: St. Cloud is less than a month removed from sweeping UNO in Minnesota and the Mavericks haven’t made it to a league playoff championship weekend in more than a decade. I think this series goes three, but flip a coin as to who wins the third game. Omaha 3-2, SCSU 3-1, SCSU 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth at Denver
Candace: These two teams played four times this season, and went 2-2. I like Denver to win in three. Denver 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, Denver 4-2
Matthew: There really isn’t much to separate these two, but we often see the road team win in these middle-of-the-pack first-round series so I’ll take the Bulldogs in three. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, Denver 3-2, UMD 4-2


  1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T What does it mean to me……BEAVERS are a team to respect as they dominate any league they have played in and will dominate the WCHA in a coupple of years.

    • Like the optimism, but BSU doesn’t have what it takes to be the dominate force in the WCHA when you have the UND, UNO and MN programs recruiting the top prospects. BSU will definitely be a team that you can’t just roll thru, but never a dominate team.

      • wow…you talk about dominate teams in the WCHA, and you leave Denver out, but you talk about MN??? Ever since Mn lost to Holy Cross, there program has gone down hill. And just cause UNO had a good year doesn’t mean anything…Dominate means year in and year out… Haveing 1 good regular season is not dominate. And you said BSU will never be a dominate team, you better look at there program history… They been dominante in every league they played in.. Don’t get me wrong UNO is good, but the Beavers are a better team than UNO is.

        • You make valid points, but looking at the future, not the past, Mcmurdo32 said they’ll dominate the WCHA in the future I don’t see it with all of the good teams (like DU). I don’t see how BSU is going to be as dominate as those schools with better recruiting. Yes, BSU schooled UNO this year, but look who they have as captain of the program, Dean Blais. By all means no team will ever be as dominate as my Sioux. GO SIOUX!

  2. Beavers dominate?
    If you pick North Dakota, Denver, Wisconsin and MN about 90% of the time you will be correct. Beavers are tough but dominate the conference is different. Easy does it Beaver guy or gal, this is the best college hockey tourny in the nation.

    State for eight UND…..

  3. Suey to play RPI in first round. RPI doesn’t even deserve to be in the tournament, so should be a cake walk for the Suey. They will have trouble scoring on Allen York though. The Suey fans finally get what they’ve wanted all year – a game against a team from the EZAC. Be careful what you wish for.

  4. If UNO actually makes it past SCSU, I am actually more comfortable with the opponents they might play In Minneapolis than with them. SCSU is a bad matchup for UNO. We’ve looked much better playing Denver, North Dakota, or UMD than we have playing against the Husky’s this season. We got outplayed while sweeping them (luckily) earlier in the season here in Omaha, and, in our Friday night game there 3 weeks ago, UNO was delivered one of the bigger gut punches in school history at the hands of SCSU, losing in regulation after having the lead as late as the 3:04 mark of the 3rd period.

    I’d rather be playing just about any other team in the league in this first round than them. There are some teams you just don’t match-up well against and they are that team for us.

    A Frozen Four team from last season with basically everybody back? 16 upperclassmen? I think they have underachieved this season and I don’t want them finding their mojo this weekend against us, thank you very much.

    • I agree with you on St. Cloud having the upper hand on UNO this season. I was actually pleased that we were playing the mavericks in the first round. We should have won 3 of 4 this season. The first Friday game in Omaha should have been a W for cloud, I think we almost doubled UNO’s shots almost breaking 50 if my memory is correct. Massa was amazing in that game. The Saturday game in Omaha was fairly won by UNO but St. Cloud still put up a good fight. I think this comes down to which goalie will play better. Massa was huge for the sweep in Omaha but didn’t look like himself in St. Cloud (plus his D didn’t do anything at the blue line).

      Also, St. Cloud went to the Frozen Four 2 years ago but 5 of our top 6 points leaders were freshmen that year and all will (hopefully) be returning for what should be a dangerous senior season.

      Candace hasn’t given any credit to SCSU all season so I’m not surprised to see her pick UNO here. I see Cloud as the only away team making it to Minneapolis-Denver is just too good at home for Duluth to take 2 games.

    • Still not letting facts get in the way of your posts, Brain of Corn. Last year, St. Cloud got beat in St. Paul Regional by Minnesota 4-0. I think the Regionals still occur before the Frozen Four. Have you read you copy of “Pairwise for Dummies” yet?

    • Who was a FF team a year ago? I’m confused by that last paragraph a lot. UNO didn’t make the FF, it was MN/UND and BC/Union, what am I missing. I did have surgery a few days ago so maybe my comprehension isn’t what it should be. Please clarify or I might go insane.

  5. Colorado College is coming together at the right time. It’s going to be a long weekend in Grand Forks. Tigers in three!

    • Can CC win? Ya sure. Can they take out this years UND team in a best-of-three? … Not so much. This first round is the best filter. Nevertheless, good luck.

    • That is the same tune CC fans played before playing our last home-away series. Don’t have to tell you the results. UND will dominate in 2. Tigers have been bad all year, and much worse on smaller rinks.

        • No hatred, despite great rivalry. Just trying to be a realist. Marble will need to stand on his head just to keep it close.

        • Yeah CC is just out gunned this year. I think they have a good foundation actually and can be much better next year but right now, with them playing for next to nothing because even if they did win the series, do you think they can go to the cities and pull two more upsets and move to the NCAA, I think they have golf plans for Monday when they are back in the Springs with the great weather we have been having in the front range.

          • You’re right. I have a feeling that the only team that can beat North Dakota the rest of the way is North Dakota. Example: bad turnovers, goals off their own players, weird bounce, etc…

    • Sorry CS Stud, I don’t see CC pulling out even 1 win but I do admire your optimism and spirit for your team!

  6. My picks:

    CC 8-1, 10-0
    -Saunders relieves Gothenberger both nights.

    Miami 3-2, 4-2
    -The Heard can’t keep pace. Whatever happened to BroncoHeard?

    SCSU 4-2, 1-4, 4-3
    -Brodzinski and Lindgren star.

    Denver 3-1, 4-1
    -My favorite NCHC team uses home ice and the altitude to sweep.

    I designed an algorithm (comparable to the Pair Wise) that will compute the strongest conference. I’ll run it after the weekend and post the result. Stay tuned…

    • You’re joking about CC right?? or did you mean UND takes the series 8-1, 10-0? Which I sadly could see happening… I agree with all the rest though! Although, I think UMD might get 1 of 3.

      • Thanks for your support on my picks, and here’s my reasoning. I think Hak is going to throw this weekend’s series. He wants another team outside the top 16 to make the tourney. With another team that’s outside the top 16, North Dakota won’t have to play the Gophers. Hak is one hell of a coach, and he’s going to eliminate the Gophers before the Gophers eliminate North Dakota.

        • You never give up. It’s actually starting to get impressive with he different log ins and what not. Seriously getting to be worth the BS just to see the jokes keep coming.

  7. “Comment From Chippy

    The real NCHC tourney will be quite well attended. Boston is much funner than Minneapolis!!”

    But is Boston more fun than Minneapolis… or just funner? LOL
    16 minutes ago

  8. What a f’in joke. Yale doesn’t even make the ECAC tourney and Quinnipioac loses in the first round and they both get in? What a complete utter joke.

    • Where did you pull those facts from? You do realize all 12 teams participate in the tourney, so right off the bat you’ve lost all credibility. QU lost in the semis to Harvard, and Yale lost in a 3 game series to Harvard.


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