Weekend Picks: March 17

Well, I correctly picked all four series last week, though I expected the Duluth-Miami series to go three games. I went 7-1 (.875) in games. Matthew went 6-2 (.750). I am now 121-51-14 (.688) on the year, while Matthew is 115-57-14 (.655).

We will do two sets of picks, picking Friday’s games first, and then look for Saturday’s picks on Saturday morning based on the results Friday.

Friday, March 18

Minnesota-Duluth versus North Dakota
Candace: I’m sure North Dakota has a lot of motivation based on their results in the previous two Frozen Faceoffs, but Duluth has more on the line, and something tells me they pull the upset and get their first win against North Dakota in five tries this season. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2
Matthew: UMD needs a win here more than the Fighting Hawks do, but I think North Dakota will boost its winning streak to nine games. North Dakota 3-2

Denver versus St. Cloud State
Candace: I watched both of these teams play last week, and neither looked their best, but Denver has been rolling, and while the Pioneers have downplayed talk of revenge for December, I think it is on their minds. Denver 3-2
Matthew: For me, this is the tougher of the two games to make a pick on. It’ll be close, but I think SCSU’s defense locks down just enough to eke out a win. St. Cloud State 3-2


  1. Highly doubt the something more ominous part. Stafford is most likely to recommend a pathway leading to HE application including what would be needed to enable that pathway.

    • Or BTHC. But I agree. It’s not “we’re going to cut hockey.” It’s more of a “OK, rich boosters, here’s how much we need before we accept an invite to go play with the big boys.”

  2. UConn to HE is a great idea in theory only. No administrative support, no student support, no alumni support, and no arena.

    Unless the school wantsa to diverty funding from their Squeek Ball program and build a new arena up to HE standards, my gut tells me Quinipiac is HE bound 

  3. Need a MSU sweep. And Minny-OSU and UM – PSU split’s would be nice too. That would set up a very interesting week-end next week.

  4. Two years into B1G hockey and no fervent hockey fan likes the coverage. The two ‘experts’ sitting in studio are just bad…..mute the sound bad. The producers insist on close-ups as often as possible. Somebody needs to pound it into their skulls that close-ups in hockey ruin the viewing experience. And why is it a conference with so much $$$$$ can’t get us recaps for each game/weekend/week like the other less $$$$ conferences do?

    Good thing it is MN State Hockey Tourney time…..rant over…….for now.
    Go Gophers
    Go BADgers
    Go PSU

    Go Lakeville North!!!!!!
    (worthy of a self like)

  5. Didn’t either team want to play defense at Penn State tonight? 88 shots on the night. 6-4 PSU
    In other new’s, Hildebrand earned shutout number 5 on the season over the Badgers. 3-0 MSU. And Minny beat OSU in Columbus. 4-2 .
    This concludes the “Arena” reports for the evening. Done via TV and internet. About as good as we can get given the lack of arena reporting these days.
    Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

  6. The only team that can beat goph this week is gophs, which they are VERY capable of doing. Stop turning the puck over in their own zone and gophs sweep easily.


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