Weekend picks: Nov. 11

Last week, I got Duluth’s sweep of St. Cloud right, but Matthew got the North Dakota-Minnesota Saturday result right, so we both went 4-3-1 (.562). On the year, I am 29-21-7 (.570) while Matthew is 25-25-7 (.500). Let’s see how we do this week.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12

St. Cloud State at Colorado College
Candace: Colorado College has shown a lot improvement early. St. Cloud will rebound after getting swept though, and I’m not convinced the Tigers have fixed their defensive issues yet. St. Cloud State 4-2, 4-3
Matthew: I’m tempted to give CC a little love here and pick a split, but I think the Huskies will get the job done and sweep. St. Cloud State 3-2, 3-1

Denver at North Dakota
Candace: Hard to see anything other than a split, and I’ll pick North Dakota to win first, since I can’t see the Hawks going winless in a fifth consecutive game. North Dakota 3-2, Denver 3-2
Matthew: UND needs to get back on track, but I’d be surprised to see this Denver team leave Grand Forks empty-handed. North Dakota 4-2, Denver 4-2

Omaha at Miami
Candace: Both teams have been consistently inconsistent. Home ice should get the RedHawks at least one win. Miami 3-2, Omaha 3-1
Matthew: Omaha won Alaska’s tournament earlier this season, and they’ve been up-and-down since then during a six-game homestand. Maybe hitting the road again is what the Mavericks need, but Miami would be hard to beat at home. Hmm. Miami 3-2, Omaha 3-2

Western Michigan at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Western has been the surprise team of the conference this year. They look really good. Duluth looks better, and while I think a split is entirely possible, I’m going with the Bulldogs to stay hot. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: Western is looking very good so far this season, and I have a feeling the Broncos could give UMD their second home loss. I just don’t know which night to go with. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, Western Michigan 3-2