Weekend picks: Jan. 19

Well, I regained the lead on Matthew, courtesy of Minnesota Duluth, as I went 5-2-1 (.687) to Matthew’s 4-3-1 (.562). On the year, I am 71-41-17 (.616) and Matthew is 70-42-17 (.6058), so it’s not like a lot separates us right now. The big series is in Duluth, so let’s see how we can do.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20

No. 15 Omaha at No. 5 Denver
Candace: Did the week off help Denver refocus and realize that its best players need to give 100 percent throughout the entire game, and not take naps and give up goals in bunches? Maybe. Denver 4-2, 4-2
Matthew: Omaha has looked a lot better lately, but defense is still an issue and Denver can exploit that. Denver 4-3, 4-2

No. 7 North Dakota at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth
Candace: I think Duluth is going to be a tough out through the second half. The Bulldogs are currently in a three-way tie for fifth, but I see them gaining more ground in that race. Still, I don’t see a sweep of North Dakota. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, North Dakota 3-2
Matthew: Duluth’s results at home this season have been pretty blah. This would be a good weekend to turn that around, but I’m seeing a split here. Minnesota Duluth 3-1, North Dakota 3-1

Colorado College at No. 11 Western Michigan
Candace: CC is in free fall right now, and traveling to Kalamazoo to play in Lawson won’t help their confidence. Western Michigan 4-1, 4-1
Matthew: Tough to see Western not sweeping here, especially with it being at home. Western Michigan 3-1, 4-2

Saturday, Jan. 20

No. 9 Minnesota State at No. 3 St. Cloud State
Candace: I go league homer pick always in games against other Minnesota teams. Being at home will help. St. Cloud State 4-3
Matthew: This ought to be a really good game, but I think St. Cloud will be a little too strong for the Mavericks. St. Cloud State 4-2

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