Weekend picks: Feb. 3

Well, I was quite prescient last weekend, at least on Friday, and further built on my lead on Matthew in our picks race. Last weekend, I went 6-2 (.750) while Matthew went 3-5 (.375). On the year, I am now 73-51-19 (.576) while Matthew is 58-66-19 (.472).

Three NCHC teams are off this weekend, so it’s a light picks weekend.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4

Omaha at No. 1 Minnesota Duluth
Candace: Duluth has looked stronger and stronger. The Bulldogs might be vulnerable to a letdown after winning the North Star College Cup last weekend, but it could also give them a boost of momentum. I’ll take the latter. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Matthew: Omaha needs to get something here, but I don’t know if it’ll happen. Minnesota Duluth 3-1, 3-2

St. Cloud State at No. 13 North Dakota
Candace: This could be a split, as St. Cloud State has looked good of late. The last time out, North Dakota emerged with two shutouts. Both teams really need the points. I’ll take North Dakota to sweep, but I have no confidence in this pick. North Dakota 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: UND won’t do to St. Cloud in Grand Forks what the Fighting Hawks did to SCSU on the Huskies’ home ice. I could see a UND sweep here but I’ll take a split. St. Cloud State 3-1, North Dakota 3-1

Arizona State at No. 9 Western Michigan
Candace: Arizona State is coming off an impressive win over No. 17 Quinnipiac, but their last game against an NCHC team was a 6-1 loss to Denver. Western should sweep at home. Western Michigan 4-1, 4-1
Matthew: Western has been very good at home this season, and the Sun Devils aren’t anything special. If the Broncos stay focused, they should sweep here. Western Michigan 3-1, 4-1


  1. The Mavericks have played all of their top-tier opponents tough this year, and I don’t expect the CC series to be any different. I’m not saying that they’ll walk away with more than a point or 2, the Tigers have some excellent offensive weapons, but between a goaltender (Cook) that is perfectly capable of stealing games for them and an offense that scores in bunches MSU could be tough.

    CC sweep, but not by much

    • CC’s mediocre goaltending will haunt them.  Minnesota state has been playing good hockey lately and they are home.  Look for a split here this weekend.

  2. CC, on paper, should sweep. But the should have swept Alaska as well and were only a few minutes away from going into overtime and potentailly tying Alaska last Saturday evening.

    If CC’s defense shows up, then they sweep, if not, then it will be another long weekend of missed potential for the Tigers.


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