Women’s D-I weekend picks Jan. 4: Irish battle between Clarkson and Northeastern

Alina Mueller of Northeastern (Northeastern Athletics)
Alina Mueller leads Northeastern against Clarkson this weekend. (Northeastern Athletics)

On our final weekend of picks in early December, Nicole and I did so-so. I went 15-5-2 (.727), while Nicole was 14-6-2 (.681). I gained another game in our season race, so now I am at 160-62-26 (.697) while Nicole is 153-69-26 (.657). We are back with some interesting series, so let’s get to prognostications.

Friday, Jan. 4

Princeton at Harvard
Candace: I like the Tigers to further cement their position atop the ECAC. Princeton 3-1
Nicole: Princeton wins this. Princeton 2-0

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth has potential, but I think the Bobcats are too consistent. Quinnipiac 2-1
Nicole: Quinnipiac should take this. Quinnipiac 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 4-5

Connecticut versus Holy Cross (home-and-home)
Candace: Holy Cross got crushed the last time they faced Connecticut, but this could be closer. Connecticut 5-2, 4-3
Nicole: I see a split. Connecticut 4-2, Holy Cross 2-1

RIT at Brown
Candace: The Bears came back to Earth after their wins over Colgate and Cornell, but I like them to sweep. Brown 2-1, 2-1
Nicole: I like a split in this one. RIT 2-1, Brown 1-0

Union at Bemidji State
Candace: The Beavers have been playing much better of late, winning three of their last four. Bemidji State 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: Bemidji State sweeps. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-2.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Princeton at Dartmouth
Candace: Again, the Tigers will come out strong. Princeton 4-1
Nicole: Princeton wins this one. Princeton 3-0

Quinnipiac at Harvard
Candace: What’s the over/under on a goal being scored in this one? Harvard 2-1
Nicole: Harvard wins this. Harvard 3-1

Boston College at New Hampshire
Candace: It’s scary to think of a BC team actually really needing a win over New Hampshire, but that’s where the Eagles are. Boston College 3-1
Nicole: BC gets back on track. Boston College 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 5-6

Boston University at Maine
Candace: The Terriers stumbled out of the gate last week with a tie and loss to Penn State. I think this is a split. Maine 3-2, Boston University 3-2
Nicole: BU sweeps. Boston University 4-2, 3-1

Vermont at Providence
Candace: I see the Friars sweeping this. Providence 4-1, 4-1
Nicole: Providence sweeps. Providence 3-0, 4-1

Minnesota Cup

St. Cloud State versus Minnesota State
Candace: The Huskies swept Lindenwood out of the gate, and look to build on the momentum. St. Cloud State 3-2
Nicole: Minnesota State should get the win. Minnesota State 3-2

Minnesota versus Minnesota Duluth
Candace: I like the Gophers to get a big win here. Minnesota 4-1
Nicole: Minnesota wins. Minnesota 4-2

Colgate at Mercyhurst
Candace: I like Colgate to get the sweep. Colgate 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: Colgate sweeps. Colgate 3-2, 3-1

Northeastern versus Clarkson (Belfast)
Candace: This is the marquee series of the weekend. I’m picking Clarkson to sweep. Clarkson 2-1, 3-1
Nicole: I see a split. Northeastern 3-2, Clarkson 2-0

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Syracuse at Rensselaer
Candace: I keep expecting Syracuse to get traction. Syracuse 2-1
Nicole: Home ice wins. Rensselaer 2-1

Cornell at Penn State
Candace: The Big Red start strong. Cornell 3-1
Nicole: Cornell wins this. Cornell 4-1

New Hampshire at Yale
Candace: I think the Wildcats get a surprise win. New Hampshire 3-2
Nicole: I pick home ice. Yale 3-2


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