Women’s D-III picks: Jan. 19

Kaitlyn Klein of Gustavus Adolphus (D3 Photography)
Kaitlyn Klein of Gustavus Adolphus (D3 Photography)

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20

No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus vs Augsburg
Gustavus is now two points back from the top of the conference table, and Augsburg is just a point back from there. The Gusties have just one win in their last three games and are looking to get back on track. Both teams are fighting for position in the MIAC as the postseason comes closer. I’ll pick Gustavus to sweep. Gustavus Adolphus 3-2, 4-3

Lake Forest at No. 4 Adrian
Lake Forest sits atop the NCHA, one point ahead of Adrian. The Foresters have the most prolific offense in the country, scoring nearly six goals a game. Adrian is coming off three straight losses –- two to ranked opponents –- and needs to regain momentum. I expect Adrian to sweep at home. Adrian 4-3, 5-4.

Saturday, Jan. 20

No. 3 Norwich at No. 2 Elmira
It’s impossible to choose who might win this one. The teams tied in their one meeting last year, and they’re virtually indistinguishable at this point. This should be one of the best games of the season and will likely decide which of these teams might get to host a game in the playoffs. I’ll pick Elmira at home. Elmira 4-3

Wednesday, Jan. 24

No. 1 Plattsburgh at No. 10 Amherst
This one should be all Plattsburgh. Amherst has done a great job this season and worked themselves up in the rankings, but upending the Cardinals is a tough test for anyone. They have the advantage of being at home, but I think Plattsburgh wins. Plattsburgh 4-2