Weekend picks: Jan. 6

Matthew had gotten one game back thanks to picking CC over Merrimack, but I returned the favor by picking North Dakota over Union. Neither of us did well, going 5-5-1 (.500). On the year, I am 56-38-17 (.581) while Matthew is 46-48-17 (.490).

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 6-7

No. 20 St. Cloud State at Miami
Candace: Miami got a great win last week against Ohio State, and should have a lot of confidence, while St. Cloud struggled in Arizona. This should be a split. Miami 3-2, St. Cloud State 3-1
Matthew: Miami needs to start picking it up here in the season’s second half. I like SCSU to get a win here, but they’ve been so inconsistent so far. Split. Miami 3-1, St. Cloud State 3-1

Colorado College at No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: CC might have gained confidence with its win in the Florida College Hockey Classic, but it won’t be enough to overcome a tough Minnesota-Duluth team at home. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 4-1
Matthew: CC is better on the road than at home, and the Tigers did just win a holiday tournament, but I don’t know if they’ll fare well in Duluth. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 3-2

No. 7 North Dakota at No. 18 Omaha
Candace: Does Omaha go back to being the team that struggled at home, or at least get a split? Does North Dakota build momentum from beating Union? Hmm. I’ll call a split. North Dakota 3-2, Omaha 3-2
Matthew: UND will prove to be a much more difficult customer for Omaha than Lake Superior was, but these are usually pretty entertaining games and I wouldn’t be surprised to see UNO steal one. North Dakota 3-1, Omaha 3-2

Arizona State at No. 3 Denver
Candace: Denver should get back into the win column at home. Denver 3-1, 4-1
Matthew: ASU’s offense has been working well lately, but I don’t see the Sun Devils getting a win at DU. Denver 4-2, 4-2