Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 7

Nicole and I both got off to a good start, going 20-5-2 (.777). I got one up by picking Ohio State to win a game over Rensselaer, and she got it back by picking Minnesota-Duluth to beat Boston College.

We’ve decide to pick every game again so let’s see how we do.

Friday, Oct. 7

New Hampshire at (9) Boston University
Candace: I don’t think the Wildcats have enough to threaten the Terriers. Boston University 3-1
Nicole: I expect Victoria Hanson to be a crucial part of the Terriers season and I think she blanks UNH here. Boston University 3-0

(3) Quinnipiac at Connecticut
Candace: Like Nicole, I’ll probably pick the Bobcats every weekend. Quinnipiac 3-0
Nicole: I think I’m picking Quinnipiac until they show me a reason to do otherwise. Quinnipiac 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8

(2) Minnesota at Bemidji State
Candace: Bemidji has given the Gophers fits in recent years, but I don’t think home ice is enough. Minnesota 3-1, 2-1
Nicole: The Beavers impressed me last weekend, so I think they push Minnesota, but the Gophers’ experience puts them ahead. Minnesota 3-1, 2-1 

(7) North Dakota at St. Cloud State
Candace: The Fighting Hawks looked good last week against Pennsylvania, and while St. Cloud is improved this year, I think UND gets the sweep. North Dakota 3-1, 2-1
Nicole: Both teams are finding their footing, but Crosby made some great stops last weekend. I think SCSU might be able to take one of these. I call it a split. North Dakota 2-1, St. Cloud State 1-0

Minnesota State at (6)Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: The Bulldogs are at home, and sky high after last weekend’s results against BC. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: No team is more confident than the Bulldogs right now. Minnesota-Duluth 3-0, 4-1

Ohio State at (1) Wisconsin
Candace: Ohio State played well last weekend, but Wisconsin is in another league than RPI. Wisconsin 4-0, 4-1
Nicole: I underestimated OSU last weekend, but the Badgers are a much tougher opponent. I expect a closer series than in year’s past, but Wisconsin is number one and so good at home. Wisconsin 3-1, 2-0

Merrimack at (8) Colgate
Candace: The Raiders opened strong last weekend, and I think that continues. Colgate 3-1, 2-1
Nicole: Merrimack looks improved in their second year, but I’ve got Colgate as my “dark horse” pick this season. Colgate 4-2, 3-1

Northeastern at Lindenwood
Candace: Northeastern was awful last weekend. If the Lions still had Nicole Hensley, I’d pick them, but they don’t, so I think the Huskies win two close ones. Northeastern 3-1, 2-1
Nicole: Last weekend wasn’t the start the Huskies were looking for. I expect them to sweep, but for Lindenwood to keep it close. Northeastern 2-0, 3-1

Providence at RIT
Candace: Hard one to pick. Neither team looked good last weekend. RIT 2-1, Providence 2-1
Nicole: Low scoring affairs, but Providence sweeps. Providence 2-0, 1-0

Rensselaer at Robert Morris
Candace: The Engineers didn’t look great last week, and I think the Colonials get the sweep at home. Robert Morris 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: I had higher hopes for RPI opening weekend. I expect a split here. Rensselaer 3-2, Robert Morris 3-1

Clarkson vs. St. Lawrence (home-and-home)
Candace: St. Lawrence looked impressive last weekend, so I go with home ice in each. St. Lawrence 2-1, Clarkson 3-1
Nicole: The Saints impressed last weekend, scoring 11 goals and taking two from Northeastern, but Clarkson is still the odds-on favorite for the conference title. I’m taking a flyer and picking St. Lawrence to get a tie at home before losing on the away leg. Tie 2-2, Clarkson 3-2

Penn State at Union
Candace: The Dutchwomen will get a win at some point, but I don’t see it happening this weekend. Penn State 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: Penn State played Clarkson closer than I thought they would. I think they sweep. Penn State 4-0, 3-1

Saturday, Oct. 8
(3) Quinnipiac at New Hampshire
Candace: I don’t have enough faith in UNH yet. Quinnipiac 3-1
Nicole: See above. Quinnipiac 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9

Maine at (5) Boston College
Candace: Boston College should come out guns blazing, and get two wins. Boston College 4-1, 409
Nicole: BC needs to bounce back, but Maine kept it close against Quinnipiac last weekend. BC gets the advantage at home. Boston College 4-2, 3-1

Sunday, Oct. 9

(9) BU at Vermont
Candace: The Terriers get off to a strong start. Boston University 3-1
Nicole: I haven’t seen enough of Vermont to pick against BU. Boston University 3-1

1 COMMENT

  1. was at the uc manhattenville game fri night, utica is for real! they are a young hungry team they play physical hockey and unlike the last few seasons they are finding way to close out games and not give up late leads. they should be in the rankings this week as i post this comment they are up on buffalo state 4-0 starting the 3rd.

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