Weekend picks: Jan. 12

Matthew and I went a middling 3-3 (.500) last weekend, moving us to 66-39-16 on the year, not stellar by any means. Oh well. Don’t look at us before you go to Vegas.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13

No. 15 Minnesota Duluth at Colorado College
Candace: Duluth impressed last weekend, and with its missing players back from the World Junior Championships and the team healthy, I favor the Bulldogs. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Matthew: CC is rested, and UMD’s just been OK on the road this season. Split. Colorado College 4-2, Minnesota Duluth 3-1

No. 12 Western Michigan at No. 1 St. Cloud State
Candace: If this was at Lawson, I’d look at it differently. St. Cloud State 4-2, 4-2
Matthew: A split here really wouldn’t surprise me, but I like the Huskies at home. St. Cloud State 3-1, 3-2

No. 20 Miami at No. 17 Omaha
Candace: Both teams are starting to come on strong. I like a split in this one. Omaha 3-1, Miami 3-1
Matthew: I like UNO to get back on the horse after getting blown out last Saturday at North Dakota, but I don’t know that there’s a sweep here either way. Omaha 3-2, Miami 3-2

No. 7 North Dakota vs Bemidji State (home-and-home)
Candace: Bemidji State has started to play very well. These games won’t be easy, and I’m tempted to pick Bemidji at home, but I like the Fighting Hawks to establish some consistency right now. North Dakota 3-2, 4-2
Matthew: UND should sweep this series, but Michael Bitzer is something else and, being from about an hour away from Grand Forks and with this being his senior season, he’ll be up for this. Bemidji will be not be an easy out. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1