Weekend picks: Feb. 2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3

St. Catherine vs. No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus (home-and-home)
St. Catherine currently sits two points behind Augsburg for a spot in the MIAC tournament. They’ll have a tough task with the Gusties this weekend, but played them to a tie and a one-goal loss last season. I’ll give St. Catherine’s the benefit here and say they earn a tie, since Gustavus has tied in each of their last two series. Tie 2-2, Gustavus Adolphus 3-1

Endicott at Canton
Endicott is looking to finish strong, and Canton is looking to move up as they’re just three points behind second-place Morrisville. Canton doesn’t give up a lot of goals and is second only to Endicott in goals scored. Canton’s record doesn’t seem to match with their talent, and they could give Endicott a tough time this weekend. I’ll pick a split. Endicott 3-1, Canton 4-3

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 3-4

No. 3 Elmira vs. William Smith (home-and-home)
These two are currently tied for first place in the UCHC, though Elmira has two games in hand. Elmira took their series last season with a pair of 4-1 wins. It’s not going to be an easy weekend for William Smith. I expect Elmira sweeps again in similar fashion. Elmira 4-2, 5-2

Tuesday, Feb. 6

No. 4 Middlebury at No. 1 Norwich
Middlebury just played a tough game with Plattsburgh where they nearly doubled them up in shots but couldn’t find the net in a 2-1 loss. They have Weslyan over the weekend and then hit the ice again. I think I have to pick Norwich here, but would be totally unsurprised by a Middlebury win. Norwich 4-2