Weekend picks: Nov. 11

I didn’t have a great week, because I went against my gut in my Friday ECAC picks, but I still improved my lead on Nicole on the season. Last week, I went 17-8-1 (.673), while Nicole went 14-11-1 (.557). I now have a 15-game lead on the season, as I am 113-43-16 (.703) while Nicole is 98-58-16 (.616).

Let’s get to this week’s picks.

Friday, Nov. 11

Union at Clarkson
Candace: Clarkson is one of the best teams in the league, and should pick up an easy win. Clarkson 4-1
Nicole: Golden Knights win easy. Clarkson 5-2

Yale at Colgate
Candace: Yale is looking good early, but I have to go with the home team. Colgate 2-1
Nicole: This may be a tough test for Colgate, but they’ve got a lot of ice time on Yale, who just started their season. Going with experience and home ice for the Raiders. Colgate 3-1

Brown at Cornell
Candace: Brown got a good win last week over Union, but struggled the rest of the weekend. Cornell has too much offense. Cornell 4-1
Nicole: Cornell 4-1

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth will be no match for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 4-1
Nicole: The Bobcats’ offense will take control. Quinnipiac 5-1

Princeton at Harvard
Candace: Home ice could be a neutralizing factor, but I’ll go with the Tigers. Princeton 2-1
Nicole: This feels like a toss-up, but I’ll take the Tigers’ better record. Princeton 3-2

Rensselaer at St. Lawrence
Candace: The Saints are perhaps the best team in the league. St. Lawrence 3-1
Nicole: The Saints are too tough a test for RPI. St. Lawrence 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
Candace: I got burned picking Syracuse to split with Robert Morris last weekend. The CHA is more volatile than any league. I’ll pick Mercyhurst and hope I get one right. Mercyhurst 3-2, 2-1
Nicole: I think this will be a good opportunity for Mercyhurst to get back on track, though I won’t at all be surprised to see Syracuse steal one. Conservatively going with a Lakers sweep. Mercyhurst 3-1, 2-0

Lindenwood at Penn State
Candace: Lindenwood is going to struggle to get wins this year. Penn State 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: I don’t foresee Lindenwood getting their first wins this weekend. Penn State 3-2, 4-2

Robert Morris at RIT
Candace: RIT has looked dreadful this year, and while this could be a letdown weekend for Robert Morris, I think the Colonials get the wins. Robert Morris 3-1, 3-0
Nicole: The Colonials are in the CHA driver’s seat at that doesn’t change with this series. Robert Morris 4-1, 3-0

Northeastern at Merrimack (home-and-home)
Candace: I thought Merrimack might take a step toward consistency last weekend against Connecticut, but I was wrong. Northeastern 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: I’ve really been impressed with the Huskies in recent weeks. I don’t see them losing this series. Northeastern 3-1, 4-2

Boston University at Maine
Candace: Maine’s one win was against Boston College, and while this could be a letdown for the Terriers after last weekend against BC, I see them getting the sweep. Boston University 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: The Terriers have confidence after the series with BC. They’ll sweep. Boston University 3-1, 3-0

Boston College at New Hampshire (home-and-home)
Candace: I think the Eagles will learn from their defensive lapse last weekend. Boston College 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: Boston College sweeps. Boston College 4-1, 3-0

Ohio State at St. Cloud State
Candace: Both teams have been good at times and bad at others. Home ice could get the Huskies a split, but I’ll go with the visitors. Ohio State 2-1, 2-1
Nicole: Both teams have shown flashes of brilliance, but I think they’ll split. St. Cloud State 4-2, Ohio State 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 12

Rensselaer at Clarkson
Candace: Hard to see RPI getting points against the North Country travel pair. Clarskon 4-1
Nicole: Clarkson wins. Clarkson 4-1

Brown at Colgate
Candace: Brown doesn’t have enough to threaten the Raiders. Colgate 3-1
Nicole: Raiders continue their early-season dominance. Colgate 4-1

Yale at Cornell
Candace: I’m going with home ice. Cornell 3-2
Nicole: I have to go with the Elis, who’ve started strong. Yale 3-2

Princeton at Dartmouth
Candace: This could be a letdown game for the Tigers, but I think they take it. Princeton 3-2
Nicole: Tigers win. Princeton 4-1

Quinnipiac at Harvard
Candace: Harvard just seems too inconsistent at the moment. Quinnipiac 3-2
Nicole: Until I know more about Harvard, going with the proven success from the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Union at St. Lawrence
Candace: Union has gotten better, but it won’t get a win against the Saints. St. Lawrence 3-1
Nicole: Union has improved, but St. Lawrence is a tough beat. St. Lawrence 5-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13

Vermont at Providence
Candace: I’m not convinced the Friars have improved enough. Vermont 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: Calling for a split of these pretty evenly matched squads. Providence 2-1, Vermont 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth at North Dakota
Candace: I really don’t know what to expect here. I think a split is more likely than not, but could see the Bulldogs getting a sweep too. I’ll pick that and hope I get one right. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: Taking a bit of a flyer and choosing North Dakota to get a win here. It’ll be a split. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, North Dakota 4-2

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Harvard at New Hampshire
Candace: New Hampshire might make it interesting, but fall short. Harvard 3-1
Nicole: Harvard wins. Harvard 3-0