Picks: Oct. 9

I had a pretty good picks week last weekend, going 17-1-1 (.921). On the year, I am 22-1-4 (.888), pretty good odds for Vegas. Maybe I should hit the tables. Then I remember how I blew an early-season lead over Arlan last year, and get sobered on that thought.

Let’s see how I can do this weekend.

Friday, Oct. 9

Syracuse at Northeastern
This one is really hard to pick. If the Orange can shut down Kendall Coyne, they could win, but that’s easier said than done. Northeastern 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State
The marquee matchup of the weekend I think, and the hardest to pick. Let’s go with a split. Bemidji State 2-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2

North Dakota at Minnesota State
I expect the Mavericks to be better this year, but not North Dakota better. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1

St. Cloud State at Minnesota
St. Cloud ruined Merrimack’s D-I debut last weekend, but the Gophers are in a different stratosphere. Minnesota 4-1, 4-1

Penn State at Boston University
The Nittany Lions looked good against the Gophers last week, and should challenge the Terriers, but fall short. Boston University 4-2, 3-2

Clarkson at Vermont
The Golden Knights should roll on through. Clarkson 4-1, 3-1

Quinnipiac at Maine
A long bus ride should equal tight games, but I have to favor the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-2, 2-1

Rensselaer at RIT
Two ties wouldn’t surprise me. Rensselaer looked good last weekend against North Dakota, and this is RIT’s first series. Rensselaer 3-2, RIT 2-1

Merrimack at Robert Morris
I was surprised by the Warriors last weekend, and Robert Morris looked dreadful. Let’s pick a split. Merrimack 2-1, Robert Morris 3-1

Saturday, Oct. 10

Syracuse at New Hampshire
The Orange get on the win sheet. Syracuse 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11

Ohio State at Wisconsin
Jenny Potter has the Buckeyes looking good, but the Badgers present a different test. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-1

Sunday-Monday, Oct. 11-12

St. Lawrence at Boston College
A tie in St. Lawrence was the only blemish on BC’s first half last year. I image they’ll remember that. Boston College 4-1, 4-2