Weekend picks: Oct. 12

Thanks to St. Cloud State and my picking Vermont the first night, I’m already up by two games on Matthew in our annual season picks race. Last week, I went 6-4-1 (.590), not exactly gangbusters, while Matthew went 4-6-1 (.409).

Some big series on the docket this weekend. Let’s get to it.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14

No. 1 Denver at No. 4 Notre Dame:
Candace: A huge early-season series. I wasn’t that impressed with Notre Dame last weekend, but having a weekend under their belt may help. Still, I’m going for the NCHC homer pick. Denver 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: Without question the series of the weekend. Denver’s on the road, but the Pioneers will give Notre Dame plenty of trouble. Split. Denver 3-2, Notre Dame 3-2

Alaska at No. 6 St. Cloud State
Candace: St. Cloud looked impressive last weekend, and should keep it going. St. Cloud State 3-1, 4-1
Matthew: Alaska is in the process of figuring out its goaltending. Not sure how definitive it gets there this weekend. St. Cloud State 3-1, 3-1

Omaha at No. 12 UMass Lowell
Candace: I don’t know what to expect from the Mavericks just yet, but Lowell didn’t set the world on fire last weekend against New Hampshire. I expect the River Hawks to come out ferociously in game one and take it. Not sure about game two though. UMass Lowell 3-1, Omaha 3-2
Matthew: A very interesting test right out of the chute for Mike Gabinet and co. I’m leaning toward giving Omaha a sweep here, but Lowell will be out to prove itself after being swept by New Hampshire. UMass Lowell 4-3, Omaha 3-2

St. Lawrence at No. 8 North Dakota
Candace: Back in the friendly confines of the Ralph, the Fighting Hawks will look to build on a disappointing first weekend that saw two games against Alaska Anchorage go to OT. North Dakota 3-1, 3-1
Matthew: St. Lawrence is 0-2 but against big-name opposition. The Saints won’t fear UND, but I like the Fighting Hawks to sweep. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1

No. 15 Clarkson at Western Michigan
Candace: Western looked awesome at home and vulnerable on the road. The perils of a young team. Clarkson got to beat up on Big Ten teams last weekend, beating Penn State and Michigan. I’m really unsure of this one. Western Michigan 3-2, Clarkson 4-2
Matthew: Both teams have started the season well, and I’m curious to see if Clarkson can keep rolling on its first road trip. A high-scoring split wouldn’t surprise me. Western Michigan 5-3, Clarkson 3-2

Alaska Anchorage at Colorado College
Candace: Colorado College rebounded impressively last Saturday against Vermont. Anchorage looked tough against North Dakota last weekend, with goalie Olivier Mantha turning aside a ridiculous number of shots. CC was terrible at home last season. This all adds up to a split. Colorado College 2-1, Alaska Anchorage 2-1
Matthew: UAA played North Dakota tight in both games last weekend, and CC won at home just once last season. I want to give the Tigers a sweep here, but I’m not confident. Colorado College 3-2, Alaska Anchorage 3-1

No. 5 Minnesota Duluth vs Bemidji State (home-and-home)
Candace: Surprisingly, it wasn’t offense that was tough to come by for the Bulldogs last weekend, but defense. Still, I’m going to go with the NCHC homer pick. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: I want to take the homer pick and saw Duluth sweeps, but I think Michael Bitzer steals one. Home teams win. Bemidji State 3-1, Minnesota Duluth 4-1


  1. UNO has not been swept at home by anybody in the whole of the Blais era and they haven’t been swept at home at all since ’08. Their record at home under Blais is nothing short of sterling.

    Comparing the environment at UNO’s Centurylink Center (upwards of 17,000 fans will be at Friday night’s game in an NHL/college atmosphere) and that at Lawson (seats under 4,000) is apples and oranges to the extreme.

    If UMD can sweep, they’ll make a believer out of me, but, I don’t see it happening. UNO also has a great equalizer on their bench, standing behind their players, too. If anybody knows, Sandelin, it’s him.

    That said, UNO’s “goalie of the week” thing, the loss of Alex Hudson (kicked off the team) the injury to Andres Sustr, and the line jockeying…………hmmmm….we’ll see.

    • Not like it matters but I’m gonna have to agree with this guy, Blais is already pissed from the WJHC and I’m guessing he will have UNO ready to play this weekend… I’m calling a split for sure!

  2. DU is 4 – 2 since the Bemidji series not 3 – 1,  c’mon guys.  I say split.  Huntsville exposed more than arrogance with the Pioneers.  DU doesn’t have any leadership. Granted DU has been playing with a 3rd string goalie (who I think may actually be better than Howard) and has several key injuries. 

    • No excuses here on the 3-1 thing. I just looked at the schedule/results and for the life of me can’t figure out where I got 3-1. Must do these things when I’m slightly more lucid in the future.

  3. BU and Merrimack will battle it out for 1st/2nd…Merrimack takes Crown with Goaltending…BC finishes 3rd  and UML sneaks in @ 4th then 5th thru 8th could change every weekend…surprise team for the QF’s UML….only team on the outs Vermont. More or Less a Weaker Hockey East this year from Top to Bottom.

  4. Wow, keep underestimating UMaine Black Bears.  Thanks for building their egos just makes our victories all the SWEETER! GO BLUE! ! ! !

  5. Maine at Boston University
    Dave’s pick: Note to Maine fans – this is not a condemnation of your team; it’s an endorsement of BU.It’s a shame your team got swept, do you ever wish you knew more about college hockey?  Nice call Jim, thanks.
    Maine, Downeast

  6. No mention of Maine sweeping the #1 team in the Pairwise?! You’re all impressed with your polls.  Look to College Hockey News for more balanced coverage of college hockey.

  7. Dave what are you going to say this week to deminash Maines sweep of BU? Last week you already blamed a ref for getting in the way, and gave no credit for an overtime win, so don’t use those again. You might have to say that the goaltending is better then what you have been saying, and that maybe Maine has improved with its neutral zone play and not turning the puck over that was giving odd man rushes and that is why they had a bad start to the season.

    • i think dave might suggest the refs screwed poor ole BU…and of course jakie parker was unfairly tossed for merely making polite conversation with officials.  maybe the ice had been imported from sebago lake?!?!?

  8. Is it possible to rename the Tsongas Center????

    Kryptonite Arena is sounds simply amazing. Oh… and rough weekend on the predictions guys.

  9. For those who have not seen the Bears all year and seen their progress as a team, keep thinking they won’t do anything.  I have seen the growth – they are beginning their peak.


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