Weekend picks: Feb. 2

Picking Duluth to sweep last weekend paid off for me, and I gained another game on Matthew in our picks race, even though I went a miserable 2-4-2 (.375), but Matthew only got one game right, going 1-5-2 (.250). On the year, I am 77-48-19 (.600) while Matthew is 75-50-19 (.586).

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3

No. 9 Minnesota Duluth at No. 4 Denver
Candace: Denver won a pair of one-goal games in Duluth back in December. The Bulldogs have been much better the last five weeks, but I’m leaning toward a Denver sweep. This series will come down to Tanner Jaillet. Denver 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: UMD is .500 on the road,3 and Denver will want to get back to winning ways after tying twice last week. I’ll take Denver to sweep here. (Watch me be wrong.) Denver 4-2, 3-2

No. 15 Western Michigan at Miami
Candace: These two split back in December, and it’s hard to see anything else happening here. Western Michigan 3-2, Miami 3-2
Matthew: We’ve talked all season about how Western Michigan’s much better at home, but I like the Broncos to get at least a split here. Western Michigan 3-1, Miami 3-1

No. 13 Omaha at No. 6 St. Cloud State
Candace: I figure St. Cloud State has to get on track eventually, and this weekend is as good as any. St. Cloud State 4-2, 4-3
Matthew: Omaha has looked great lately aside from its losses at Denver, but I don’t know if the Mavericks will get anything here. St. Cloud State 4-2, 3-2