Weekend picks: Feb. 3

I padded my lead on Nicole in a good week, going 26-5-2 (.818) while Nicole went 20-11-2 (.636). On the year, I am 295-99-50 (.720), while Nicole is 259-135-50 (.636).

Friday, Feb. 3

Rensselaer at Colgate
Candace: Colgate seems to be back on track, and the Raiders are at home. Colgate 3-1
Nicole: I think RPI gives them a tough game, but Colgate escapes. Colgate 2-1

Union at No. 7 Cornell
Candace: Union will make this difficult, but I like the Big Red to get the win they need. Cornell 3-1
Nicole: Even with their low-scoring offense, this should be a win for Cornell. Cornell 3-0

No. 3 Clarkson at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth just doesn’t have the depth to hang with the Golden Knights. Clarkson 4-1
Nicole: I don’t think Dartmouth slows down the Golden Knights. Clarkson 4-1

No. 5 St. Lawrence at Harvard
Candace: Harvard’s woeful year will continue. St. Lawrence 3-1
Nicole: It’s been a rough year in Cambridge and I don’t think it gets any better here. St. Lawrence 3-0

Yale at No. 9 Princeton
Candace: Yale is a tough out, but I see the Tigers getting the key win. Princeton 3-2
Nicole: The Tigers need every win and that should carry them here. Princeton 3-1

Brown at No. 10 Quinnipiac
Candace: This is another where Brown just doesn’t have the depth. Quinnipiac 2-1
Nicole: Bobcats win this. Quinnipiac 3-0

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4

Maine at Merrimack
Candace: Maine is on the road, which means they generally lose. Well, the Black Bears always lose on the road but it has to change at some point. Merrimack 3-1, Maine 2-1
Nicole: Maine finds a way to win against teams above them and this could be a fun series to watch. I’ll call a split. Merrimack at home in game one, Maine wins game two. Merrimack 3-1, Maine 2-0

New Hampshire at Vermont
Candace: Vermont seemingly wasn’t as good as I thought. I think this is a split. Vermont 3-2, New Hampshire 3-2
Nicole: New Hampshire has a better record, but I like the Catamounts at home here in a close one. Vermont 3-2, 3-1

No. 1 Wisconsin at Bemidji State
Candace: I’m not betting against the Badgers the rest of the year. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-1
Nicole: I don’t see the Beavers slowing Wisconsin. Badgers sweep. Wisconsin 4-0, 5-1

No. 4 Minnesota at Minnesota State
Candace: The Gophers get a key sweep, and they need it. Minnesota 4-1, 4-0
Nicole: Even with their struggles, the Gophers should sweep this series with no problem. Minnesota 4-0, 4-1

St. Cloud State at Ohio State
Candace: This could easily be a split, but I’ll pick the Buckeyes and Kassidy Suave. Ohio State 2-1, 2-1
Nicole: These two split earlier in the season and I expect the same thing again this time around. I’ll pick Ohio State in game one, St. Cloud State in game two. Ohio State 3-0, St. Cloud State 4-2

North Dakota at No. 2 Minnesota Duluth
Candace: I think the Bulldogs are a different team since sweeping Minnesota. They’ll take two close games. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: NoDak earned a tie and a shootout win the last time these two met, so I feel like it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see them steal a win here. Calling a split with UMD winning game one and UND winning game two. Minnesota Duluth 3-1, North Dakota 4-3

Saturday, Feb. 4

Union at Colgate
Candace: Colgate beats teams it should. They should beat Union. Colgate 2-0
Nicole: The Raiders have gotten back on track lately and I expect that to continue here. Colgate 3-0

Rensselaer at No. 7 Cornell
Candace: Another where the Engineers will make it close but fall short. Cornell 3-2
Nicole: I like the Big Red to take this one. Cornell 3-1

No. 5 St. Lawrence at Dartmouth
Candace: Unless it’s Clarkson, I’m not picking against St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence 3-1
Nicole: The Saints continue their winning ways. St. Lawrence 4-0

No. 3 Clarkson at Harvard
Candace: By the end of this weekend, the Crimson will be begging for the season to end. Clarskon 4-1
Nicole: The Golden Knights have too much firepower for Harvard. Clarkson 5-1

Brown at No. 9 Princeton
Candace: Princeton should firm up home ice after this weekend. Princeton 3-1
Nicole: The Tigers shouldn’t have much difficulty with Brown here. Princeton 4-1

Yale at No. 10 Quinnipiac
Candace: Yale is just the type of team to trouble Quinnipiac. An upset is possible, but I’ll stick with the home team. Quinnipiac 2-1
Nicole: I’m tempted to pick an upset here, but I’ll stay with the Bobcats at home. Quinnipiac 2-0

Connecticut at No. 6 Boston College
Candace: Unless the Eagles are looking ahead to Tuesday, they should win. Boston College 3-1
Nicole: BC has been on a roll and had no problems with Connecticut earlier in the season. Boston College 4-1

Providence at Northeastern
Candace: Just like BC above, but Northeastern is more vulnerable. Still, I’ll pick home ice. Northeastern 3-2
Nicole: This is an intriguing one and I’m leaning toward Providence pulling an upset. Northeastern 3-2

Sunday, Feb. 5

Connecticut at Providence
Candace: Home ice is what this one is all about. Providence 3-2
Nicole: Providence is still in the hunt and they need these wins. At home, I don’t see them losing. Providence 3-1

Tuesday, Feb. 7


Boston University vs. Harvard
Candace: BU lost a heartbreaker to BC last week, but get the consolation win here. Boston University 3-1
Nicole: Should be a win for the Terriers. Boston University 4-1

Boston College at Northeastern
Candace: Northeastern is another team that can trouble the Eagles, but I think the Huskies fall short. Boston College 3-2
Nicole: I don’t see the Huskies slowing Boston College. Eagles win the Beanpot. Boston College 3-1