Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 21

Well I gained one game on Nicole in our picks race, going 16-7-3 (.673) last week while she went 15-8-3 (.634). On the year, I am 54-27-8 (.651) while Nicole is 52-28-8 (.629).

There are some big series this weekend; let’s see how we do.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22

St. Cloud State at Minnesota State
Candace: Minnesota State is getting closer to its first win in almost two years in the conference, but I’m going with the visitors. St. Cloud 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: The Huskies have had some great goalie performances so far and MSU doesn’t have great firepower. St. Cloud State 3-0, 4-1

(2) Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: While I like Ohio State’s play so far, I still feel like Minnesota is on another level. Minnesota 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: I’m tentatively really high on Ohio State and kind of low on Minnesota. I’ll go out on a limb and pick OSU to get one upset game at home. Ohio State 2-1, Minnesota 3-2

No. 10 Bemidji State at No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Bemidji did beat Minnesota, when Duluth couldn’t, but I’m going with home ice. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: For all the Beavers have improved, the Bulldogs have all the confidence in the world and are at home, so I have to pick them to sweep. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 2-0

No. 3 Quinnipiac vs. No. 6 Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: Home ice wins. Boston College 3-2, Quinnipiac 3-2
Nicole: I can’t do anything but pick a split, with each team winning at home. Boston College 3-2, Quinnipiac 4-2

Mercyhurst at Cornell
Candace: I’m going out on a limb and picking Cornell to sweep, just because I think Mercyhurst has trouble scoring. Cornell 4-2, 3-2
Nicole: We’ve got no real read on Cornell yet and Mercyhurst looked great last weekend, so I’ll pick them for the sweep. Mercyhurst 2-1, 1-0

Northeastern at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth isn’t what it used to be. Northeastern 2-1
Nicole: Northeastern wins. Northeastern 3-1

Robert Morris at Merrimack
Candace: Merrimack has done well early, especially last week against Maine, but I like how Robert Morris is playing. Robert Morris 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Merrimack in its second season, so I have to pick the split with Merrimack at home. Robert Morris 3-2, Merrimack 2-1

Vermont vs. No. 7 St. Lawrence (home-and-home)
Candace: Vermont could play spoiler, but I like St. Lawrence to sweep. St. Lawrence 4-2, 4-1
Nicole: The Saints have started strong and I expect that to continue. St. Lawrence 4-2, 3-0

No. 5 Colgate vs. Syracuse (home-and-home)
Candace: Syracuse has been in a funk. I’m going with Colgate to sweep. Colgate 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: This one’s maybe closer than it should be, but I have to pick Colgate to sweep. Colgate 3-1, 2-0

Penn State at Connecticut
Candace: Connecticut burned me last weekend when I picked the Huskies to sweep, but I’ll try again. Connecticut 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: Penn State’s been inconsistent and UConn is at home, so I give them the benefit of the doubt for a sweep. Connecticut 3-1, 2-1

RIT at Yale
Candace: RIT hasn’t proven itself to me yet. Yale 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: I’ll call it a split. RIT 2-0, Yale 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23

No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 9 North Dakota
Candace: Wisconsin has shown some vulnerability, but like the Badgers. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: I have to pick the number one team, even if I’m a little concerned about them finding the net and Lexie Shaw’s play. Badgers to sweep. Wisconsin 3-2, 4-2

Princeton at Providence
Candace: Providence has shown signs of life, and I’m not sure about Princeton’s goaltending, but I’m going with Princeton to sweep. Princeton 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: Providence are at home and Princeton hasn’t played yet, so I’m picking a split. Providence 2-1, Princeton 3-1

No. 8 Clarkson at New Hampshire
Candace: New Hampshire looked overmatched against Boston College, and this won’t get better. Clarkson 4-0, 3-1
Nicole: Clarkson rebounds and takes sweeps this one easily. Clarkson 4-1, 3-0

Sunday, Oct. 23

Harvard at Dartmouth
Candace: Rivalry games are always intense, but I’ll go with Harvard. Harvard 3-2
Nicole: Going with the home team since we have nothing else to go on. Dartmouth 2-1

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Northeastern at Boston University
Candace: Northeastern beat BU pretty handily last week, so why not do so again? Northeastern 3-2
Nicole: Not much difference in these two teams, so I have to pick the home squad. Boston University 3-2