NCHC picks: Oct. 23

Last weekend, we did a much better job picking the correct results, and I gained another game on Matthew in our picks race last week, courtesy of St. Cloud. I went 11-2-1, moving to 17-10-3 on the year, while Matthew went 10-3-1, moving to 14-13-3. Let’s get to this week.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24

No. 4 Boston College at Colorado College
Candace: CC did better against Lowell than I thought, and BC hasn’t exactly overwhelmed opponents, but I have trouble seeing this as anything but an Eagles’ sweep. Boston College 4-2, 4-1
Matthew: I wonder how much of an effect the long travel and altitude might have on BC this early into the season, but I have a hard time seeing CC picking up a win here. Boston College 3-1, 3-1

Western Michigan at Clarkson
Candace: Perhaps the Merrimack game was an outlier, as other than that, Clarkson’s results have been good. I think I’ll be an NCHC homer though. Western Michigan 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: Western has had a great start to the season and will be fresh after having last weekend off. Clarkson has started well, too, though, and Cheel will be loud for the Golden Knights’ homecoming series. This might come back to bite me, but I’ll take a split. Western Michigan 3-1, Clarkson 3-2

No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth at Notre Dame
Candace: I knew I should have picked the Bulldogs to sweep the rodents last week. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 3-1
Matthew: UMD is riding high after what it did to Minnesota and I think they keep it going this weekend. Homer-ish pick, but I’m going with a sweep. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1

No. 9 St. Cloud State at No 14 Quinnipiac
Candace: St. Cloud has justified my faith so far. This is a hard series to pick. A split is more likely than not, but I’m going for a St. Cloud sweep just so I get at least one night right. St. Cloud 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: For me, our most interesting series of the weekend. Can Charlie Lindgren keep up his excellent start in net for SCSU? I think so, but I don’t know if the Huskies take both of these games. Quinnipiac 4-2, St. Cloud State 3-1

No. 15 Miami at No. 17 St. Lawrence
Candace: I have a really hard time with this one. I think I could flip a coin for each game and stand a better chance. Miami 3-2, St. Lawrence 3-2
Matthew: Enrico Blasi said this week that he feels St. Lawrence is one of the 10 best teams in the country. If that’s true, I don’t know if RedHawks fans would come away too unhappy with a split. Miami 3-1, St. Lawrence 3-1

No. 1 North Dakota at Vermont
Candace: North Dakota seems to like ties, but I figure they’ll get a sweep eventually. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: Vermont will want to bounce back after being swept at home last weekend by Omaha. I’ll take the Catamounts to pick up a split if only because I can’t see them losing four in a row at home. Vermont 3-2, North Dakota 4-1

Air Force at No. 2 Omaha
Candace: Sorry Omaha fans, but there’s no way I can pick a split this weekend. I think Omaha coach Dean Blais will remind his players that Air Force beat Denver on opening weekend, and have them prepared accordingly. Omaha 4-2, 3-2
Matthew: Second-ranked UNO has never been in a higher place in the polls and they’re opening their own arena this weekend. I’m not expecting the home fans to walk away disappointed either night. Omaha 5-2, 3-1


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