Start your engines

It’s time hockey fans. The NCHC kicks off its season this weekend with a nonconference matchup between No. 17 Michigan Tech and No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth. Once again, NCHC columnists Matthew Semisch and Candace Horgan will be picking each week’s contests, and holding a friendly little season-long contest to see who can correctly pick the most games. This week, they see things similarly.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2

No. 17 Michigan Tech at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: These will be two close games, and both teams lost their starting goaltender and top scorer from last season, but I like the Bulldogs, who are at home. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 2-1
Matthew: Tough matchup here for UMD, but the Bulldogs can make a strong statement of intent right out of the blocks. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1