Weekend picks: March 3

Picking North Dakota to sweep last weekend panned out for me, as I got the night the Hawks won when Matthew picked Miami. I went 5-1-2 (.750) while Matthew went 4-2-2 (.625). I don’t see him catching me in our season race, so that beer he owes me is going to taste yummy. On the year, I am 91-54-24 (.609) while Matthew is 74-71-24 (.508).

It’s the last weekend of the regular season, so let’s get to it.

Friday-Saturday, March 3-4

No. 15 North Dakota at Miami
Candace: This is likely a split, but maybe UND’s desperation will help. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: A UND team that’s. 500 on the road visits a Miami team that’s .500 at home. Can UND do enough to hold on to its home-ice spot for next week? Miami 3-2, North Dakota 3-1

Colorado College at No. 19 St. Cloud State
Candace: St. Cloud didn’t look terrible last weekend so much as Denver looked good. I think St. Cloud gets back on track, particularly since CC doesn’t do as well on Olympic-size ice. St. Cloud State 3-1, 4-2
Matthew: SCSU had a nice roll going before hitting Denver last weekend. I like the Huskies to start a new string against CC. St. Cloud State 4-1, 3-1

No. 1 Denver at Omaha
Candace: Omaha’s Dean Blais threw down a gauntlet, saying “Not in our building” about Denver winning the Penrose. However, the Mavericks don’t match up well with the Pioneers. Denver 4-2, 5-2
Matthew: I like DU to win the Penrose on Friday and for Omaha to then finish the regular season strong. Denver 3-1, Omaha 3-1

No. 3 Minnesota Duluth at No. 8 Western Michigan
Candace: Duluth will once again be in a couple of one-goal games. I see them taking one, though it’s a crap shoot picking which. Neither team loses on a Friday much, adding to the pick drama. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, Western Michigan 3-2
Western has been very good at home so far this season. I don’t see that changing this weekend, but UMD will push the Bulldogs all the way. Western Michigan 3-2, 3-2