Weekend picks: March 10

To end our season picks race, I once again beat Matthew, going 5-3 last week wile Matthew was 4-4 (.500). I finished the regular season 96-57-24, while Matthew went 78-75-24. He’ll be sending me beer money, again! We don’t have a contest for the playoffs, but do keep track of it. Let’s see how we do with the first round.

Friday-Saturday, March 9-10

Colorado College at No. 1 Denver
Candace: Ironically, CC has played Denver better in Magness, where the NHL-sized rink allows CC’s trap to effectively counter Denver’s speed and creativity. I think both games will be close, but see Denver getting the sweep. Denver 2-1, 3-1
Matthew: The way this rivalry has gone recently, CC might do really well just to take this series to three games. I don’t think it happens, though. Denver 4-2, 3-1

Miami at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth
Candace: Duluth has struggled of late, but being at home and resetting should equal a sweep and moving on to Minneapolis. Minnesota Duluth 2-1, 3-1
Matthew: Enrico Blasi talked earlier this week about Miami’s opportunity to start over in the second season, but I don’t see the RedHawks moving on to Minneapolis. Minnesota Duluth 3-1, 3-1

No.20 St. Cloud State at No. 14 North Dakota
Candace: This will be a tough series, and OT might happen in at least one game. I like more of what I saw from North Dakota last week than St. Cloud, so I’ll go with the Hawks to sweep at home. North Dakota 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: Both teams are looking to solidify their cases to get into the NCAA tournament. I’m tempted to take SCSU here, but I think UND wins in three games. North Dakota 4-2, St. Cloud State 3-1, North Dakota 3-2

Omaha at No. 7 Western Michigan
Candace: The Broncos have been strong of late, and Omaha hasn’t played well defensively. I see the Broncos getting the sweep. Western Michigan 3-1, 4-2
Matthew: UNO’s offense and power play efficiency will make the Mavericks a tough out, but I like Western Michigan to move on with a couple of tight wins. Western Michigan 5-4, 4-2


  1. I hate pre-season polls.  It would add so much more drama if no polls existed for the first month.  See how teams really perform.  Let the young rascals do their thing, and see how it all shakes out….nothing worse than seeing a top ten team go down early, and their confidence shot, because the media told them how good they are supposed to be…etc…. 

  2. Hockey Genius, I agree with you — and not just because I’m so often wrong in my picks.  I don’t see much point in them, either, but so many people like them and they generate discussion…like this one.  

  3. Paula….What do you think about BGSU, UAH, and a few of the Atlantic teams getting together for a “new” CCHA….possible? Okay with you?

    • Well, I’m not sure this is being discussed seriously.  There was some speculation earlier about a few AHA teams leaving and joining the pared-down CCHA, but I haven’t heard that those AHA teams are interested in re-inventing the entire CCHA league.  I just hope that UAH lands somewhere.  I fear the Chargers’ demise.

  4. I like your picks but MI and North Dakota seem to be rated a little high.  Wolverines will have to win low scoring games unless they have multiple forwards stepping up.  Sioux are also great in and around net but I guess they always reload up front.  Maybe AK will suprise this year. 

  5. I agree, more or less, with you ballot with the exception of North Dakota.  I am always amazed how these minimum-skilled mouth-breathing net-crashers have been able to fool the entire press corp into believing they anything other than a knuckle dragging cheap shot goon squad who closely resemble the Johnstown Chiefs of “Slapshot” fame.  You should really select your team based on hockey skills rather than a season padded with Michigan Tech wins, who they seem to play every other weekend.

    • Start by saying I do not enjoy defending Paula, and putting Michigan at 5 is a joke, but, the other major polls all have NoDak in the top handful as well.  I do agree with your gripes on them, but they’ll still stay near the top of the polls all season.

      Seriously Michigan at #5 is brutal

  6. Naturally your lack of intelligence rears its ugly head. Really thought we would get past week 1 for our sanity sake but I was wrong…..

    One of a small number of positives of Miami leaving the ccha is not having to read your crap anymore…

    • Well, “Learnthegamepaula,” I’m glad to be able to provide something for you to gripe about for at least two more seasons of Miami hockey.  Thanks for reading!


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