West picks: Nov. 10

Friday, Nov. 10

No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (3-1) at Saint Mary’s (2-1-1)
Tanner Karty leads the Pointers with three goals and four assists. Two other players have scored at least two goals for one of the best teams in the nation. The Cardinals have one of the top goalies in Aaron Davis, who owns a goals-against average under one. Davis has saved nearly 97 percent of the shots he’s faced. Jay Heinle leads the way offensively with three goals. Wis.-Stevens Point 4-2

Marian (1-1) at Lake Forest (2-2, 1-1)
Derek Thorogood leads the Sabres offensively, having scored three goals. He’s dished out an assist as well. Connor Blanck isn’t bad either, coming up with a goal and two assists. Zach Feldman is a go-to player for the Foresters and comes in with three assists. Goalie Louis-Philppe De Courcy owns a 1.46 goals-against average and has two wins. Lake Forest 3-2

Northland (1-2-1) at No. 15 Milwaukee School of Engineering (3-1, 1-1)
The Lumberjacks hit the road after an emotional weekend at home. Kurt Sonne has played a key role early for Northland, scoring three goals. Lucas DeBenedet is a legit scoring threat as well, having punched in two goals. The nationally ranked Raiders have thrived behind the play of goalie Zach Woodman, who boasts a 1.25 goals-against average and has given up more than a goal only once in four games, and that was to St. Norbert. Milwaukee School of Engineering 5-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-11

Wisconsin-River Falls (0-4) at Concordia (1-1-1)
Wis.-River Falls is still looking for its first win of the year and has scored just eight goals. David Landau leads the team with a goal and two assists. Christian Hausinger has tallied three assists. Mario Bianchi has come through with a goal and two assists in three games for a Cobbers team hoping to cash in on playing at home. Jacob Stephan owns a goals-against average of 1.44. Concordia 3-2, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 11

Hamline (2-2, 0-0) at St. John’s (5-0, 1-0)
Mitch McPherson is tied for the lead in the MIAC in goals scored, and he’ll have to be on top of his game to lead the Pipers to victory in a key conference series. Of course when Russ Jordan (two goals) is on the ice, Hamline always has a shot to win. The Johnnies are unbeaten and have the MIAC leader in points in Brady Heppner with nine, including six off assists. Kyle Wagner has dished out five assists. St John’s 4-3

No. 11 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (3-1) at Saint Mary’s (2-1-1)
The Blugolds are rolling right now, winning their last three, and they have scored 16 goals during the stretch. Jesse Tredinnick leads the team with three goals and an assist. The Cardinals haven’t allowed more than a goal in a game this season, and that stellar play on defense will be needed again to lift to the Cardinals to a statement win. Wis.-Eau Claire 4-2

No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (3-1) at St. Thomas (1-2-1)
Wis.-Stevens Point has racked up 16 goals.The Pointers have allowed just eight, with Max Milosek and Connor Ryckman anchoring the team in goal. The Tommies have one of the better goalies in the MIAC in Benjamin Myers. He’s made 82 saves and owns a 1.72 goals-against average. St. Thomas 3-2

No. 2 Adrian (2-0) at No. 1 St. Norbert (2-0)
It doesn’t get much better than the two best teams in the nation going head-to-head in November. The Bulldogs have two of the best scoring threats in the league, including Austin Rust, who is tied for the lead in goals (three). Kyle Brothers has five points to put himself in a tie for the league lead. The Green Knights have two of the best when it comes to dishing out assists in Riley Christensen and Peter Bates. The two have four apiece. Both teams have tremendous goaltending. St. Norbert 2-1

St. Scholastica (3-1) at No. 15 Milwaukee School of Engineering (3-1, 1-1)
Seth Chumley leads the Saints with three goals. St. Scholastica has a pretty good goalie too in Forbes Ploszaj, who has a 1.01 GAA. The Raiders have gotten a big lift from Zach Simpson, who has punched in three goals. Combine his offensive skills with Woodman in goal and it adds up to MSOE being tough to beat, especially at home. Milwaukee School of Engineering 4-1

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