Weekend picks: Oct. 6

Matthew and I both got off to a good start, picking the sweep by Minnesota-Duluth last week. So, we’ve started 2-0. I doubt our perfection will last through this weekend, but let’s see how we do.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 6-7

Western Michigan vs Ferris State
Candace: I don’t have a good handle on the Broncos yet, but Ferris didn’t look great last week in getting swept by Alabama-Huntsville, so I’ll go with home ice in each. Ferris State 2-1, Western Michigan 3-2
Matthew: Ferris will get back on track somewhat after being swept by Alabama-Huntsville, but I’ll take the home teams to win here. Ferris State 3-2, Western Michigan 3-2

Friday, Oct. 7

Ohio State at Denver
Candace: Home ice should help Denver start its season with a win. Denver 4-2
Matthew: Denver makes a statement in its first counter home game of the season. Denver 5-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8

Canisius at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota should start its season off well. I have trouble seeing Canisius containing Brock Boeser. North Dakota 4-1, 4-1
Matthew: I don’t see the Fighting Hawks running into many problems here. North Dakota 4-1, 5-1

Miami at Providence
Candace: I think the RedHawks will play the Friars really tough, but I have a hard time seeing anything but a Providence sweep. Providence 2-1, 3-1
Matthew: More than anything, I’m curious to see who plays in net for Miami. This will be a big early test for the RedHawks. Providence 3-1, 3-2

Colorado College at Massachusetts
Candace: Colorado College has been dreadful on the road the past few years. Of course, they haven’t been much better at home. A split seems likely, but who knows. Massachusetts 3-2, Colorado College 2-1
Matthew: Both teams are expected to finish last in their respective conferences this season. I think CC is the better team, but it’s a tough call this week with them on the road. Colorado College 3-2, Massachusetts 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth at Massachusetts-Lowell
Candace: This is probably the best series of the weekend, and really hard to call. I’m going with the NCHC sweep just to hope I get one of the games right. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: This should be a terrific series, and it’s a really tough one to call without having seen much of either team yet. Massachusetts-Lowell 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2