Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 27

I bet big last week, and it worked out for me, as I opened up a sizeable lead in our season picks race. Whether I can hold it is another story. Last week, I went 19-2-6 (.814), moving to 73-28-14 (.695), while Nicole went 13-8-6 (.592), moving to 65-36-14 (.626).

Games start tonight, so let’s see how we do.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 27-28

Penn State at RIT
Candace: Two teams with only one win each, but Penn State has looked better in its losses than RIT. Penn State 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: Penn State has tallied a ton of goals. That hasn’t translated to wins, but I think it gives them the advantage here. Penn State 3-1, 3-0

St. Cloud at Minnesota
Candace: St. Cloud might frustrate the Gophers a little, but Minnesota wins. Minnesota 4-1, 4-2
Nicole: Gophers sweep at home. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1

Friday, Oct. 28

Princeton at Brown
Candace: The Tigers impressed last weekend. Princeton 4-1
Nicole: Princeton 4-2

Harvard at Clarkson
Candace: North Country swings are always a tough see. Have to go with home ice. Clarkson 3-2
Nicole: Picking the home squad. Clarkson 3-1

Cornell at RPI
Candace: Cornell looked strong last week, and I see it continuing. Cornell 4-1
Nicole: Big Red move to 3-0. Cornell 3-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: Dartmouth needs more miles before they can match the Saints. St. Lawrence 4-1
Nicole: The Saints continue their winning ways. St. Lawrence 4-1

Colgate at Union
Candace: Union got an emotional burst a few weeks ago, but it won’t be enough against the Raiders. Colgate 3-1
Nicole: Colgate stays hot. Colgate 4-2

Quinnipiac at Yale
Candace: The Bobcats have struggled the last couple of weeks, but I think they rebound. Quinnipiac 3-2
Nicole: Picking Quinnipiac’s experience since I don’t have a read on Yale yet. Quinnipiac 3-1

Merrimack at Northeastern
Candace: Merrimack will be a tough out, but the home team takes it. Northeastern 4-2
Nicole: Huskies have made a big comeback since the opening weekend. They take this. Northeastern 5-2

Maine at Providence
Candace: Maine might fall back to Earth after beating Boston College, but I have to take them. Maine 3-2
Nicole: I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the Black Bears so far, so picking them to win. Maine 2-0

Vermont at New Hampshire
Candace: A potential trap game, but I like the Catamounts. Vermont 3-1
Nicole: Catamounts are playing well. They win. Vermont 4-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29

Mercyhurst at Robert Morris
Candace: I see a split, though who wins what night is tough. I’ll pick Mercyhurst to sweep and hope I get one right. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: Hard to pick a sweep here, despite RMU’s record. Picking a split. Robert Morris 3-1, Mercyhurst 2-1

Lindenwood at Syracuse
Candace: If Nicole Hensley was still in net, I might pick a split. Syracuse 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: Both teams are looking for their first win and I think they both get them this weekend. Syracuse 3-2, Lindenwood 2-1

Boston College at Connecticut (home-and-home)
Candace: Something tells me Boston College turned a corner last week. Boston College 3-2, 4-2
Nicole: Can’t pick against BC here. They sweep. Boston College 3-2, 2-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota State
Candace: The Badgers will continue the Mavericks’ WCHA futility. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: Badgers should sweep. Wisconsin 6-1, 4-0

Minnesota-Duluth at Ohio State
Candace: I think the Bulldogs stay hot, but it will be tough. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: Hard to pick against UMD, but Ohio State has foiled me a few times already, so I’ll pick a split. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, Ohio State 3-2

Bemidji State vs. North Dakota (home-and-home)
Candace: I have to go with home ice for each team. North Dakota 3-2, Bemidji state 3-2
Nicole: Another split. Both teams have the ability to be great. North Dakota 4-2, Bemidji State 3-1

Saturday, Oct. 29

Quinnipiac at Brown
Candace: Quinnipiac continues to get back on track. Quinnipiac 4-2
Nicole: Bobcats take this one. Quinnipiac 4-1

Dartmouth at Clarkson
Candace: Clarkson just has too many weapons. Clarkson 3-1
Nicole: Clarkson 3-0

Colgate at RPI
Candace: Colgate’s rise continues. Colgate 3-1
Nicole: I don’t see Colgate faltering here. Colgate 4-1

Harvard at St. Lawrence
Candace: I wish I had more of a bead on Harvard, but they’ve only played one game so far, so … St. Lawrence 3-2
Nicole: Picking Harvard to upset here, since I’ve not really picked one yet and I have a feeling the Crimson might surprise some this season. Harvard 3-2

Cornell at Union
Candace: Cornell continues with the hot hand. Cornell 4-1
Nicole: I think Union isn’t done with big wins, so I just have to pick one every once in awhile. I’ll take them here. Union 3-2

Princeton at Yale
Candace: It’s hard to know much about Yale when the only games the Elis played were against RIT, but the same could be said for Princeton playing Providence. Princeton 3-2
Nicole: Picking the Tigers’ offense to take control of this one. Princeton 5-2

Providence at Merrimack
Candace: I’ve been impressed with the Warriors so far, and less than impressed with the Friars. Merrimack 3-2
Nicole: Going with the home team. Merrimack 2-1

Sunday, Oct. 30

Vermont at Maine
Candace: Maine is bound for a letdown. I’m going with the visitors. Vermont 3-2
Nicole: This should be a good game. When in doubt, I pick the home team. Maine 3-2

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Cornell at Colgate
Candace: This will be a huge test for the Raiders, because Cornell is to me looking like a Big Red team of old. Colgate 3-2
Nicole: Picking the ranked team. Colgate. 2-1

14 COMMENTS

    • Notre Dame isn’t even close to a tough schedule. They play BC once and can very easily solve Gillies who seems to have been slipping since his return from the loss at World Juniors. Lowell, on the other hand, has to take on unbeaten giant BC in two weeks and then visit the hot Vermont team in an away series.

      • Really… Providence who’s gunning for an NCAA bid of their own… in Providence? BU looking to save face and spoil someone’s season… then BC. Pretty tough for an inconsistent team that’s outside the top 5 if you ask me. The article discussed ND… Lowell has nowhere near the same issues.

        • Even out of straight fact that Lowell plays BC twice shows it’s harder. And BU can’t even save face. Did you see the score against Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game? Either way, Notre Dame won’t make it to the Garden.

          • One last time, please… I wasn’t comparing ND to Lowell, or anyone else. For ND to get home ice advantage, make it to the Garden in HEA playoffs, or get an NCAA bid will be extremely difficult. They will have to go on a tear (8-9 wins), or win HEA outright to do so.

    • Notre Dame isn’t even close to a tough schedule. They play BC once and can very easily solve Gillies who seems to have been slipping since his return from the loss at World Juniors. Lowell, on the other hand, has to take on unbeaten giant BC in two weeks and then visit the hot Vermont team in an away series.

      • Really… Providence who’s gunning for an NCAA bid of their own… in Providence? BU looking to save face and spoil someone’s season… then BC. Pretty tough for an inconsistent team that’s outside the top 5 if you ask me. The article discussed ND… Lowell has nowhere near the same issues.

        • Even out of straight fact that Lowell plays BC twice shows it’s harder. And BU can’t even save face. Did you see the score against Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game? Either way, Notre Dame won’t make it to the Garden.

          • One last time, please… I wasn’t comparing ND to Lowell, or anyone else. For ND to get home ice advantage, make it to the Garden in HEA playoffs, or get an NCAA bid will be extremely difficult. They will have to go on a tear (8-9 wins), or win HEA outright to do so.

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