NCHC picks: March 20

Matthew and I had identical records last week in our picks contest, going 6-3 (.667). We only rank ourselves for games correctly picked, so even though Matthew picked St. Cloud to upset Omaha, since he picked it happening in three games, our record was the same. On the year, I am 117-55-14 (.667) and Matthew is 111-61-14 (.634).

Let’s see how we do in the final weekend. Look for our Saturday picks Saturday afternoon.

Friday, March 20

Denver vs. Miami
Candace: Denver looked really good last weekend against Minnesota-Duluth, while Miami struggled. This is a rematch of last year’s NCHC championship game, but I’m going with the Pioneers to win again. Denver 3-2
Matthew: I’m tempted to take Miami here, but I have a feeling that Denver will pull it out and keep alive its chance to defend its NCHC playoff title. Denver 4-2

North Dakota v St. Cloud State
Candace: Just to pick contrarily, and because I think St. Cloud’s motivation to get one win to ensure an NCAA berth, I’ll pick an upset. St. Cloud 3-2
Matthew: SCSU needs to win a game in Minneapolis this weekend in order to get into the NCAA tournament. If that win’s going to come, I think it’d have to happen in the third-place game on Saturday. North Dakota 3-2