Weekend picks: Feb. 10

Nicole and I had the same record last weekend, going 19-4-5, something I don’t think has happened in a while. On the year, I am 314-103-55 while Nicole is 278-139-55.

This weekend has more interesting games than last weekend, particularly a No. 1 vs. No. 2 series when Wisconsin hosts Minnesota Duluth.

Friday, Feb. 10

Colgate at Brown
Candace: The Raiders seem to have their mojo back. Colgate 3-1
Nicole: Colgate should have no issues taking down Brown. Colgate 4-1

No. 10 Princeton at No. 4 Clarkson
Candace: Clarkson has shown some signs of vulnerability, but I like the Golden Knights on home ice. Clarkson 3-2
Nicole: I’m still unsure what to think of Clarkson after last week’s tie with Harvard and Princeton is in desperation territory, but I have to go with the Golden Knights at home. Clarkson 4-3

Dartmouth at Rensselaer
Candace: Dartmouth just hasn’t been able to get much traction this season. Rensselaer 3-1
Nicole: RPI should have the advantage here, especially at home. Rensselaer 2-1

No. 9 Quinnipiac at No. 3 St. Lawrence
Candace: Quinnipiac scored more goals last weekend against Brown than they usually do in consecutive weekend series, but that won’t happen against the Saints. St. Lawrence 2-1
Nicole: The Saints eked out a 1-0 win earlier in the season and I think the gap between these two has only widened since then. St. Lawrence 3-1

Harvard at Union
Candace: The Crimson need a win desperately, and they seemed to find goals in the Beanpot against Boston University. Harvard 3-1
Nicole: Harvard has shown signs of improvement over the past few weeks so I have to pick them here. Harvard 3-2

No. 7 Cornell at Yale
Candace: Cornell gets closer to securing home ice for the ECAC playoffs. Cornell 3-2
Nicole: I think Cornell’s offense is too much for Yale’s defense. Big Red win. Cornell 4-2

Northeastern at No. 6 Boston College
Candace: Northeastern gave the Eagles all they could handle in the Beanpot Tuesday, but I think since BC won, that will give the Eagles more confidence. Boston College 3-1
Nicole: BC just beat the Huskies for the Beanpot and if Northeastern was going to earn an upset, I think it would have been there, at home. BC is just too strong. Boston College 4-2

Providence at Vermont
Candace: This is the type of game that could lead to a puzzling loss for Vermont, but I think the Catamounts come through. Vermont 3-2
Nicole: I like the Catamounts at home here. These two played each other early, but I think Vermont has grown a lot since then. Vermont 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11

Penn State at Lindenwood
Candace: Two teams I cna’t seem to get a solid read on. I’ll pick Penn State to sweep, but have no confidence in it. Penn State 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: We’ve seen some good growth from Lindenwood this year and they’re at home. I’ll call a split, but be unsurprised if the Lions can pull off a sweep. Penn State 3-2, Lindenwood 3-1

RIT at No. 8 Robert Morris
Candace: The Tigers have shown some signs of life, but I think Robert Morris gets the sweep. Robert Morris 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: Should be a sweep for the Colonials at home. Robert Morris 4-2, 3-0

Mercyhurst at Syracuse
Candace: Another one of those classic split series, but I’ll pick the Orange to sweep just to be contrary. Syacuse 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: This series should give us a good indication where these two programs are at the end of the season. I expect a split. Mercyhurst 3-1, Syracuse 2-0

Connecticut at Maine
Candace: Maine is at home so they might get a win, but I’ll be contrary. Connecticut 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: Maine has the ability to surprise and they’re at home, so I’ll call a split. Connecticut 3-1, Maine 2-1

Boston University at New Hampshire
Candace: The Terriers would be a lot more dangerous if they could have a consistent defense. Boston University 3-2, 4-1
Nicole: Though they’re tied in the standings, I think there’s a separation between these two. Boston University 3-1, 4-1

Minnesota State at Ohio State
Candace: Ohio State has shown signs of being a dangerous team. Ohio State 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: Ohio State should sweep this. Ohio State 3-2, 2-1

Bemidji State at St. Cloud State
Candace: This will likely be a split, but I have no idea on the order. I’ll pick how it happened last time, with home team winning first. St. Cloud State 2-1, Bemidji State 2-1
Nicole: I expect a split but won’t be surprised if St. Cloud sweeps. St. Cloud State 4-2, Bemidji State 3-1

North Dakota at No. 5 Minnesota
Candace: The Gophers could really use this as preparation for the WCHA playoffs. I think they come through in two tight games. Minnesota 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: I kind of want to hedge my bets and pick two ties. I think these two will split, but North Dakota has to bring a big game with them. Minnesota 5-3, North Dakota 3-1

Saturday, Feb. 11

No. 7 Cornell at Brown
Candace: The Big Red have too much firepower. Cornell 4-1
Nicole: Cornell is too much for Brown. Cornell 4-1

No. 9 Quinnipiac at No. 4 Clarkson
Candace: This could be a close game, but I think Clarkson will rediscover its offense and come out with a tough win. Clarkson 2-1
Nicole: I think last week was a wakeup call for the Golden Knights and they’ll be atop their game this weekend. Clarkson 2-0

Harvard at Rensselaer
Candace: The Engineers are a tough team to play, and Harvard is not consistent. Rensselaer 2-1
Nicole: RPI wins this and gets closer to the ECAC playoffs. Rensselaer 2-0

No. 10 Princeton at No. 3 St. Lawrence
Candace: A North Country trip is always a tough swing, and I don’t see Princeton getting a win. St. Lawrence 3-2
Nicole: Prineton is in must-win territory and I’ve already picked Clarkson to beat them, so I’ll call for an upset win here for the Tigers. Princeton 3-2

Dartmouth at Union
Candace: These two teams are pretty evenly matched. I’ll go with the visitors. Dartmouth 2-1
Nicole: I like Union at home here. Union 2-0

Colgate at Yale
Candace: The Raiders desperately need this one. It won’t be easy, but I think they get it. Colgate 3-2
Nicole: I’m going to take the Elis at home here. Yale 3-1

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth at No. 1 Wisconsin
Candace: The Badgers just seem like an unstoppable juggernaut. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: These are either going to be offensive blowouts or low-scoring affairs. I think the Badgers sweep on senior weekend with Desbiens in net. Wisconsin 2-0, 5-3

Sunday, Feb. 12

Vermont at No. 6 Boston College
Candace: I’ve been impressed by how the Eagles have rallied in tough games and found a way to win. Boston College 3-1
Nicole: The Catamounts played BC so close a few weeks ago, but I don’t think they can pull off the upset with the momentum BC has gathered. Boston College 3-1

Providence at Merrimack
Candace: Merrimack could use a win to get into the Hockey East playoffs, but I like the Friars. Providence 2-1
Nicole: Providence should handle this without issue. Providence 3-0

54 COMMENTS

  1. Brian, I don’t get the comment like it or not. You also kind of seemed to forget that they’ll play again so it’s not like this is the end. I also think there’s something bigger than the Cleary Cup at stake. Yale represents Quinnipiac’s chance to beat a team that has done well against some of the highest-ranked teams at the time Yale played them. Quinnipiac represents Yale’s last chance of the year to beat a very highly ranked team in the RPI. What it means is this. Quinnipiac is already on the way to an NCAA berth. Yale, with a win tonight, probably gets into the NCAAs on the basis of RPI and PWR. That’s what’s at stake. Moreover, Yale will have to do this without Jeff Malcolm, one of the hottest goalies in the country. Whether or not Andrew Ammon intended to run Malcolm is up in the air, but it is clear that the hit by a mediocre, low-scoring Princeton forward made it necessary for Yale to win one of two games against Quinnipiac if Yale is going to get to the NCAAs.

    • Excellent comments all around. The “like it or not” comment was in reference to Yale’s – or at least head coach Keith Allain’s – general reluctance to admit that the program’s relationship with QU qualifies as a rivalry.

      • Brian, thanks. Didn’t know Allain said anything like that. He doesn’t say very much that’s visible to the average fan. He never seems happy. I think he should welcome the rivalry for a couple of reasons. Pecknold is a good coach and they have a fun team, and a strong rivalry town will attract kids to New Haven. Personally, I can’t understand why a kid will choose Harvard anymore over Yale. Maybe it’s not having things like the Beanpot. Stank for Yale last night to lose Malcolm. You could see the defense last night wasn’t effective at all. There wasn’t a single good first pass by a Yale defenseman and I can’t imagine that they weren’t all affected by Maricic’s play, but there’s no crying in hockey! Trevor, I think Quinnipiac might be that school, and definitely might be those fans, but there’s no local kid on the team except #19 from Windsor, who was awesome. That is an unlikely team — they have kids from Holland, Arizona,

    • Quinny can piece together a better hockey team than Yale,
      but they will never be rivals of Yale. Quinny has lower admissions standards – much easier to recruit four
      lines in that environment. Yale’s rivals will always be Harvard and Cornell, regardless of whether Quinny has a better
      team. Quinny does not belong in the ECAC. Perhaps the Hockey East. Quinny used to be a school for gearheads and
      burnouts from Hamden and greater New Haven.

  2. Brian, I don’t get the comment like it or not. You also kind of seemed to forget that they’ll play again so it’s not like this is the end. I also think there’s something bigger than the Cleary Cup at stake. Yale represents Quinnipiac’s chance to beat a team that has done well against some of the highest-ranked teams at the time Yale played them. Quinnipiac represents Yale’s last chance of the year to beat a very highly ranked team in the RPI. What it means is this. Quinnipiac is already on the way to an NCAA berth. Yale, with a win tonight, probably gets into the NCAAs on the basis of RPI and PWR. That’s what’s at stake. Moreover, Yale will have to do this without Jeff Malcolm, one of the hottest goalies in the country. Whether or not Andrew Ammon intended to run Malcolm is up in the air, but it is clear that the hit by a mediocre, low-scoring Princeton forward made it necessary for Yale to win one of two games against Quinnipiac if Yale is going to get to the NCAAs.

    • Excellent comments all around. The “like it or not” comment was in reference to Yale’s – or at least head coach Keith Allain’s – general reluctance to admit that the program’s relationship with QU qualifies as a rivalry.

      • Brian, thanks. Didn’t know Allain said anything like that. He doesn’t say very much that’s visible to the average fan. He never seems happy. I think he should welcome the rivalry for a couple of reasons. Pecknold is a good coach and they have a fun team, and a strong rivalry town will attract kids to New Haven. Personally, I can’t understand why a kid will choose Harvard anymore over Yale. Maybe it’s not having things like the Beanpot. Stank for Yale last night to lose Malcolm. You could see the defense last night wasn’t effective at all. There wasn’t a single good first pass by a Yale defenseman and I can’t imagine that they weren’t all affected by Maricic’s play, but there’s no crying in hockey! Trevor, I think Quinnipiac might be that school, and definitely might be those fans, but there’s no local kid on the team except #19 from Windsor, who was awesome. That is an unlikely team — they have kids from Holland, Arizona,

    • Quinny can piece together a better hockey team than Yale,
      but they will never be rivals of Yale. Quinny has lower admissions standards – much easier to recruit four
      lines in that environment. Yale’s rivals will always be Harvard and Cornell, regardless of whether Quinny has a better
      team. Quinny does not belong in the ECAC. Perhaps the Hockey East. Quinny used to be a school for gearheads and
      burnouts from Hamden and greater New Haven.

    • Leggs, I don’t remember Union. Oh yeah, the preseason favorite that went about 0-10 against weak teams to become irrelevant in hockey. And compared to the Ivies, well, we know where they stand academically. You still the bouncer at Shenanigans?

      • No Sleepy, I OWN Shenanigans.
        At least we don’t have students who murder people with their keg filled truck and then get sentenced to “community service”. Ha, what a joke. Daddy pull some strings?

        • Dude you sound like Iran and their space monkey. Just fighting for some airtime and attention. let the other big boys take care of things, okay? And pretty soon things will be back to normal and you’ll be losing to the Engineers every game. And Colgate will be better. And Cornell and St. Lawrence and Clarkson. And RIT and pretty soon after that every team in New York. Guaranteeing two losses on the road this weekend. Enjoy Potsdam. sorry I didn’t tip your wife at Nitemoves

          • A “guarantee” from a guy who gets Golden Showers? Yeah, right.
            And hey, YOUR wife wasn’t so good last night.

          • dude you got smacked around and humiliated. Tech will beat Onion next weekend. Take a look at the movie Friday and Chris Tucker’s line. You got knocked . . . .

    • Hey pal, no comments? Told you we would win and you guys can lose again tonight. Bwahahahahaha. Anybody decommitting for next year?

    • Leggs, I don’t remember Union. Oh yeah, the preseason favorite that went about 0-10 against weak teams to become irrelevant in hockey. And compared to the Ivies, well, we know where they stand academically. You still the bouncer at Shenanigans?

      • No Sleepy, I OWN Shenanigans.
        At least we don’t have students who murder people with their keg filled truck and then get sentenced to “community service”. Ha, what a joke. Daddy pull some strings?

        • Dude you sound like Iran and their space monkey. Just fighting for some airtime and attention. let the other big boys take care of things, okay? And pretty soon things will be back to normal and you’ll be losing to the Engineers every game. And Colgate will be better. And Cornell and St. Lawrence and Clarkson. And RIT and pretty soon after that every team in New York. Guaranteeing two losses on the road this weekend. Enjoy Potsdam. sorry I didn’t tip your wife at Nitemoves

          • A “guarantee” from a guy who gets Golden Showers? Yeah, right.
            And hey, YOUR wife wasn’t so good last night.

          • dude you got smacked around and humiliated. Tech will beat Onion next weekend. Take a look at the movie Friday and Chris Tucker’s line. You got knocked . . . .

    • Hey pal, no comments? Told you we would win and you guys can lose again tonight. Bwahahahahaha. Anybody decommitting for next year?

  3. Uhhhhhhh how does CC or the Badgers not get in…do they both lose tomorrow in the same game or what. seems like WMU is out

  4. Uhhhhhhh how does CC or the Badgers not get in…do they both lose tomorrow in the same game or what. seems like WMU is out

  5. western is out of the tourney at 15 in PW, upsets abound, Union may need to win to get in, BU still alive, and we havn’t even started the CCHA yet. It is still possible for 5 bubble busters to get in

  6. western is out of the tourney at 15 in PW, upsets abound, Union may need to win to get in, BU still alive, and we havn’t even started the CCHA yet. It is still possible for 5 bubble busters to get in

  7. I guess we just switch the WCHA for WMU, but c’mon that’s not exactly rocket science probably shouldn’t have been missed. the rest looks good though

  8. I guess we just switch the WCHA for WMU, but c’mon that’s not exactly rocket science probably shouldn’t have been missed. the rest looks good though

  9. WMU is out. Great example of why you need to take care of business when you have the opportunity. Western still had a pretty decent shot heading into today and every single game they needed went the other way. Huge thanks to our seniors, they had a tremendous impact on the program and will be missed. I wish them all the best! Go Broncos!

    • sorry my friend, my beloved gophers, seemed to not care about tonight’s game, I don’t know if Western can still climb in PW, but if they stay 15, they’re out.. 14 and 13 in jeopardy as well

  10. WMU is out. Great example of why you need to take care of business when you have the opportunity. Western still had a pretty decent shot heading into today and every single game they needed went the other way. Huge thanks to our seniors, they had a tremendous impact on the program and will be missed. I wish them all the best! Go Broncos!

    • sorry my friend, my beloved gophers, seemed to not care about tonight’s game, I don’t know if Western can still climb in PW, but if they stay 15, they’re out.. 14 and 13 in jeopardy as well

  11. Why is ND allowed to get away with scheduling 8 straight home games to start the year, and against cupcakes like Lake Superior and Niagara? Is it because of the “brutal” travel schedule they have to endure since joining HEA? That was their choice. If you want to talk about brutal travel schedules, try doing what the Alaskas or UAB do, with no other school within hundreds of miles, and not having the financial backing that ND does, they struggle to get teams to come play against them.

  12. Why is ND allowed to get away with scheduling 8 straight home games to start the year, and against cupcakes like Lake Superior and Niagara? Is it because of the “brutal” travel schedule they have to endure since joining HEA? That was their choice. If you want to talk about brutal travel schedules, try doing what the Alaskas or UAB do, with no other school within hundreds of miles, and not having the financial backing that ND does, they struggle to get teams to come play against them.

  13. It appears BU played some tough defense this weekend, along with strong goaltending. It also helps not to get outshot 2-1 like last year.

  14. It appears BU played some tough defense this weekend, along with strong goaltending. It also helps not to get outshot 2-1 like last year.

  15. Minny Duluth missing Standler and Mrazova, Northeastern missing Krizlova, Clarkson missing Pezjlova, Yale missing Staenz and RPI missing Hansen due to Olympic qualifying could effect the outcome of all these weekend games.

    Having to play #1 Wisconsin and get a victory is hard enough with Standler and Mrazova, without them is going to be impossible.

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