Weekend picks: Nov. 18

I picked up another game on Nicole in our picks race last week, going 22-6-3 while she went 21-7-3. On the year, I am 135-49-19 while Nicole is 119-65-19. We’ve got some huge series this weekend, so let’s get to it.

Friday, Nov. 18

Clarkson at Brown
Candace: Brown should try to keep it to losing only by three goals. Clarkson 4-1
Nicole: Clarkson’s scoring prowess is too much for Brown. Clarkson 5-1

Colgate at Princeton
Candace: Colgate doesn’t blow teams out, but it also tends not to lose to teams it shouldn’t. Colgate 3-2
Nicole: I’m so behind in this competition that I think I’m going to start getting a little more reckless because I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m picking Princeton to upset here. The Tigers are at home and they need to find a spark. Colgate will lose eventually this season, so this is as good a place to pick as any. Princeton 3-2

Cornell at Quinnipiac
Candace: Cornell is showing signs of improvement, but the Bobcats have such a smothering defense. Quinnipiac 2-1
Nicole: Going with the home team I know more about. I think Cornell could mess with a lot of team’s records this season, but I’m not sure yet. Quinnipiac 3-1

St. Lawrence at Yale
Candace: St. Lawrence will lose eventually as well, but not here. St. Lawrence 3-1
Nicole: The Bulldogs are another ECAC team from the middle of the pack that I think are going to cause some chaos at the top of the table, but I think St. Lawrence’s firepower wins this one. St. Lawrence 4-2

Maine at Connecticut
Candace: Maine is a team that I just can’t get a handle on. The Black Bears have beaten Boston College and Boston University, but lose to everyone else. They are also not great on the road, so … Connecticut 3-1
Nicole: The Huskies at home should win this one. Connecticut 3-1

Northeastern at Vermont
Candace: Vermont didn’t do so well last weekend, while Northeastern has turned it around. Northeastern 3-1
Nicole: I expect Northeastern to win this with no problem. Northeastern 4-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19

RIT at Lindenwood
Candace: A series between two teams that are struggling mightily. The Lions are home for the first time in over a month. Maybe they’ll get a win as a result. Lindenwood 2-1, RIT 2-1
Nicole: I expect Lindenwood to get their elusive first win this weekend as well as their first sweep. Lindenwood 3-1, 3-2

Boston University vs. Merrimack (home-and-home)
Candace: Boston University was surprised by Maine last weekend, and doesn’t have the best defense, but I’ll go with the Terriers. Boston University 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: I’m going to pick a split here, with the home team winning in each case. The teams are closer than the standings imply, in my opinion. Merrimack 2-1, BU 3-1

St. Cloud State at Bemidji State
Candace: I could easily see this being a split, but I like the home team to pull out a sweep. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: We chatted about this in this week’s Wednesday Women column and I think I’ve been convinced to pick a split. St. Cloud State 3-2, Bemidji State 2-1

Ohio State at Minnesota State
Candace: Will Minnesota State get that first elusive conference win? Possibly, but there’s no percentage in picking it. Ohio State 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: It all depends on which OSU team shows up — the one that tied Wisconsin or the one that lost 4-1 to St. Cloud. I have a hard time picking against Kassidy Sauve against Mankato’s offense, so I’ll pick Ohio State to sweep. Ohio State 3-0, 4-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: It’s funny; people talk about Wisconsin not playing as well this season, yet they are where they should be. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: Despite all the misgivings I keep hearing from people about the Badgers, they’re the best team in the country. Wisconsin 4-3, 4-2

Minnesota at North Dakota
Candace: While North Dakota might sneak one out, I’m going with the Gophers. Minnesota 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: North Dakota has had Minnesota’s number in recent years. I think their diverse scoring threats give Sidney Peters a hard time. Minnesota 3-1, North Dakota 4-2

Mercyhurst at Rensselaer
Candace: This has split written all over it. Neither team has established any consistency. Rensselaer 2-1, Mercyhurst 2-1
Nicole: These two seem pretty evenly matched. Split series. Rensselaer 2-0, Mercyhurst 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 19

St. Lawrence at Brown
Candace: Brown doesn’t have the firepower to hang with the Saints. St. Lawrence 4-1
Nicole: The Saints overpower Brown. St. Lawrence 5-1

Cornell at Princeton
Candace: I’ll go opposite Nicole here and guess Princeton comes back. Princeton 2-1
Nicole: Since I picked Cornell to lose and Princeton to win earlier, I’ll switch it around. Cornell 2-1

Colgate at Quinnipiac
Candace: This is one game I wish I could be at in person. It’s that close, and so hard to pick. I’ll go with home ice. Quinnipiac 2-1
Nicole: I think the Raiders bounce back. Colgate 3-2

Clarkson at Yale
Candace: Yale is just a tad behind Clarkson’s level. Clarkson 3-1
Nicole: Clarkson continues to win. Clarkson 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20

New Hampshire vs. Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: The Wildcats showed me something by beating Harvard, but Providence did the same by beating Vermont. Let’s go home ice. New Hampshire 2-1, Providence 2-1
Nicole: Each team wins at home. New Hampshire 2-1, Providence 3-1

Sunday, Nov. 20

Boston College at Northeastern
Candace: This is another game I wish I could be at. Both teams have shown strength in recent weeks. I’ll go with the Eagles. Boston College 3-2
Nicole: This is as much of a toss-up as I can imagine with so many variables, but I’ve loved the Huskies’ resiliency thus far and they’re at home, so I’ll pick the Huskies. Northeastern 4-3

Connecticut at Vermont
Candace: I think I overestimated Vermont this season. Connecticut 2-1
Nicole: UConn was doing well out of conference, so I’ll look to them to gain back some momentum with a win. Connecticut 2-0

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 21-22

St. Lawrence at Penn State
Candace: The Nittany Lions are a threat in the CHA, but out of conference against a top team. St. Lawrence 4-1, 4-2
Nicole: Penn State has shown loads of improvement, but I’m not picking against the Saints until they give me a reason to. St. Lawrence 4-2, 5-3

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Boston University at Harvard
Candace: This will probably go to overtime. I have a hard time picking this one. Boston University 3-2
Nicole: Picking Harvard to gear up for this rivalry. Harvard 3-2

Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 22-23

Colgate at Mercyhurst
Candace: Colgate will bounce back from the loss to Quinnipiac. Colgate 3-1, 3-0
Nicole: I’m really hoping to see more signs of life from the Lakers, but I don’t think they have enough to topple the Raiders. Colgate 3-0, 3-1


  1. Now is the time for the Beavers to step it up! They had an early difficult schedule with the Gophers, St. Cloud State, and Mankato State, but they also had home ice. This will be the last home series for a while. Make it count against a struggling team!
    Also, Go Ferris against the Goofs!


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