Weekend picks: Oct. 5

Well, Nicole and I both did OK in our first week, and I did get out to a one-game lead in our season picks race. Overall, I went 12-4-3 (.710) and Nicole went 11-5-3 (.657). We both have some different picks this week, so let’s see how it goes.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 5-6

Minneosta-Duluth at Boston College
Candace: I think both games will be close, but I’m picking the Eagles to sweep. Boston College 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: I expect this be close, but calling a split. BC wins game one, UMD wins game two. Boston College 3-1, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7

Northeastern vs. Boston University (home-and-home)
Candace: Hard to pick this. I’ll go for the home ice split. Boston University 3-2, Northeastern 4-2
Nicole: Northeastern sweeps. Northeastern 4-2, 3-0

Merrimack at New Hampshire (home-and-home)
Candace: I’m tempted to pick a sweep, but I think a home ice split is more likely. New Hampshire 3-2, Merrimack 3-1
Nicole: I’m going with Merrimack for the sweep. Merrimack 3-1, 2-0

Bemidji State at Clarkson
Candace: Bemidji will use its usual defensive push to make it interesting, but Clarkson prevails. Clarkson 4-2, 4-2
Nicole: Clarkson takes the weekend. Clarkson 4-2, 3-0

St. Cloud at Colgate
Candace: St. Cloud will be a tough out, but I think Colgate sweeps. Colgate 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: I wouldn’t be surprised if SCSU sneaks one after last season, but giving Colgate home ice advantage. Colgate 3-2, 4-2

St. Lawrence at Mercyhurst
Candace: I don’t think Mercyhurst is strong enough. St. Lawrence gets the sweep. St. Lawrence 3-2, 3-1
Nicole: I’ll call a split. St. Lawrence 3-2, Mercyhurst 2-1

Union at Penn State
Candace: If Penn State can score, I like them to sweep. Penn State 2-1, 3-2
Nicole: Penn State should sweep. Penn State 3-0, 3-1

Providence at Quinnipiac
Candace: Really unsure of both teams at the moment. Providence can score, but its defense is suspect. Quinnipiac is the opposite. Quinnipiac 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: Not sure on both of these teams yet so I’ll call a split. Qunnipiac 2-0, Providence 1-0

Maine at Rensselaer
Candace: Maine looked good last weekend, so I have to pick them. Maine 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: Picking Maine to sweep. Maine 3-1, 3-1

Wisconsin at Syracuse
Candace: I think Syracuse might make it interesting, but the Badgers sweep. Wisconsin 4-2, 3-2
Nicole: Badgers take the weekend. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-2

Ohio State at Minnesota
Candace: Ohio State will make the Gophers nervous in at least one game, but I think Minnesota comes out like gangbusters after the split last weekend. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: Ohio State has pushed each of the WCHA teams in recent years so I’ll give them a shot at stealing one here. Ohio State 3-2, Minnesota 3-1

Saturday, Oct. 7

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: Not sure on this game at all. I’ll go with home ice as the deciding factor. Connecticut 2-1
Nicole: Vermont wins on the road. Vermont 2-0

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8

Robert Morris at Minnesota State
Candace: I think these will be one-goal games, but the Colonials prevail. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: Robert Morris should sweep. Robert Morris 4-0, 3-1

Tuesday. Oct. 10

Union at Vermont
Candace: I like the Catamounts here. Vermont 3-2
Nicole: Home ice is the difference. Vermont 2-0

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