Weekend picks: Nov. 30

Nicole gained two more games back on me, thanks to picking Cornell and Merrimack. last week, I went 14-9-5, while Nicole was 16-7-5. On the year, I am 154-56-34, while Nicole is 148-62-34. We only have a few more weekends till the break. Let’s see if I can rebuild me lead further.

Thursday/Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1

No. 8 St. Lawrence vs No. 4 Clarkson (home-and-home)
Candace: Clarkson has owned its North Country rival of late, so that’s who I’m going with. Clarkson 3-2, 4-2
Nicole: I don’t see any other option than picking a split with each home team winning. Clarkson 3-2, St. Lawrence 4-3.

Friday, Dec. 1

Rensselaer at Brown
Candace: RPI got a big win against Mercyhurst last weekend. Rensselaer 3-1
Nicole: RPI should take this one. Rensselaer 2-0

Princeton at Dartmouth
Candace: The Tigers are really missing Jeff Kampersal. Princeton 3-2
Nicole: The Tigers prevail. Princeton 4-1

Quinnipiac at Harvard
Candace: Something tells me the Crimson are starting to gain consistency since losing to Holy Cross. Harvard 3-2
Nicole: The Bobcats have been impressive of late. Quinnipiac 4-2

Union at Yale
Candace: Eh, I’m going home ice. Yale 3-2
Nicole: I’m picking the Dutchwomen. Union 3-2

Friday/Saturday, Dec. 1-2

No. 3 Colgate vs No. 7 Cornell (home-and-home)
Candace: A big series, but I have to think Colgate has to much firepower. Colgate 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: As with the Clarkson/St. Lawrence season, these two are too evenly matched for me to do anything but pick a split with the home teams winning. Cornell 4-2, Colgate 3-1

Penn State at RIT
Candace: Penn State is bound to some results. This weekend is as good as any other for it to happen. Penn State 2-1, 2-1
Nicole: I’ll take Penn State in game one and RIT in game two. Penn State 2-0, RIT 1-0

Mercyhurst at No. 9 Robert Morris
Candace: Look for the Colonials to come out and prove they are the team in the CHA. Robert Morris 3-2, 4-1
Nicole: This should be all RMU. They sweep. Robert Morris 3-1, 4-2

Lindenwood at Syracuse
Candace: Lindenwood is better than in years past, but I like the home team to sweep. Syracuse 2-1, 2-1
Nicole: Apparently I think this is the weekend of splits. I’ll take Syracuse in game one, Lindenwood in game two. Syracuse 2-0, Lindenwood 3-2

St. Cloud State at No. 5 Ohio State
Candace: Ohio State gets another big sweep. Ohio State 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: Buckeyes sweep. Ohio State 3-1, 3-2

Bemidji State at No. 6 Minnesota
Candace: Historically, the Gophers struggle against Bemidji, but I like a Gophers sweep here. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: I like the more settled Gophers at home here. They sweep. Minnesota 5-3, 4-2

Minnesota Duluth at No. 1 Wisconsin
Candace: It won’t be easy, but I like Wisconsin to come up with a big conference sweep. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: UMD showed well out east last week, but I think you have to take the Badgers at home to sweep. Wisconsin 3-1, 5-3

Saturday, Dec. 2

Union at Brown
Candace: A tough one to call, but Union has shown a little more consistency. Union 2-1
Nicole: I’m predicting a two-win weekend for Union. They take this one. Union 2-1

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
Candace: I like what I’ve seen from the Bobcats of late. Quinnipiac 3-1
Nicole: Quinnipiac wins. Quinnipiac 4-1

Princeton at Harvard
Candace: Maybe I’m reading too much into Harvard’s win over UNH and Princeton getting swept by Merrimack. Harvard 3-2
Nicole: This should be all Tigers. Princeton 3-0

Rensselaer at Yale
Candace: These two tied in October at RPi. A tough series to call. Home ice gets the nod. Yale 3-2
Nicole: Yale should take this one at home. Yale 4-2

No. 2 Boston College at Boston University
Candace: The Eagles could become even more dominant if they’d stop letting in so many goals. Boston College 5-3
Nicole: I’m picking a close one here with BU hosting. Boston College 5-4

Connecticut at No. 10 Providence
Candace: Look for Providence to get back on track. Providence 3-2
Nicole: Providence should take this easily at home, but I expect the Huskies to give them a fight. Providence 4-2

Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 2-3

Vermont at Maine
Candace: Since beating Clarkson, Vermont is 0-4-1. Fun fact: neither team is particularly good in first games of series. Maine 3-2, Vermont 3-2
Nicole: Vermont just seems to have a way to pick away at everyone. I’ll pick a split. Maine 4-2, Vermont 2-1

Sunday, Dec. 3

New Hampshire at Northeastern
Candace: The Huskies returned to Earth against BC, but I like them here. Northeastern 3-2
Nicole: Northeastern is hosting and looking to bounce back from their loss to BC. I’ll take them. Northeastern 3-1

Tuesday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Clarkson at Syracuse
Candace: Look for Clarkson to keep rolling. Clarkson 4-2
Nicole: The Golden Knights should have this handily. Clarkson 5-1

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Harvard at Dartmouth
Candace: I just don’t see Dartmouth as a good enough team right now. Harvard 3-2
Nicole: Harvard should win this one. Harvard 2-1