NCHC picks: Oct. 28

I gained one more game on Matthew last weekend. If I’d been smart and been a league home and picked Miami Saturday, it would have been too. Oh well. Last week, I went 6-4-2, while Matthew went 5-5-2. On the year, I am 19-14-6 (.564), while Matthew is 16-17-6 (.487).

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29

Western Michigan at Denver
Candace: I think the Broncos are good for one win here, and I’ll pick Saturday. Denver 2-1, Western Michigan 3-2
Matthew: WMU has started the season very well and is fresh off a bye week. I think the Broncos will get another win here but I’m not sure which night it’ll happen. Denver 3-1, Western Michigan 3-2

North Dakota at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: If I could be anywhere in the country Friday, it’d probably be Duluth. Luckily, I have NCHC TV so I can watch this game. I’m not really sure how to pick this series. It’s got to be a split, but who wins which night? Hmmmm. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, North Dakota 3-1
Matthew: A rare No. 1 vs. No. 2 series. I’m going to take the safe route and call for a split. Knowing my luck, watch as this pick blows up in my face one way or the other. North Dakota 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1

Bowling Green at Miami
Candace: Miami has looked good so far, and I’ve voted for them in the USCHO poll the last two weeks. I like them again this weekend. Miami 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: I have a good feeling about the RedHawks early this season, and I think they’ll do the business this weekend. Miami 3-1, 3-1

Alabama-Huntsville at St. Cloud State
Candace: UAH opened well, but I think St. Cloud may have stabilized its defensive zone issues last weekend, so I’ll pick them to sweep. St. Cloud State 3-2, 4-2
Matthew: I’ve had a soft spot for UAH ever since I saw them play two years in a row at the CHA tournament in my home state. I always want to see the Chargers do well, but I don’t know if they’ll get much this weekend. St. Cloud State 3-1, 4-1

Massachusetts-Lowell at Omaha
Candace: I picked Omaha to sweep last week and that didn’t go so well. This week, I think I’ll pick Lowell to sweep and hope to get one right. Besides, if I do that, RedArmyUNO will be happy. Lowell 3-2, 5-4
Matthew: UML’s defense hasn’t been impenetrable early this season, and that could be good news for a UNO team with several solid offensive weapons. The Mavericks have struggled so far, though, and while a breakout weekend could be coming, I don’t think this one is it. Lowell 3-1, Omaha 3-2