Women’s D-I weekend picks Feb. 8: Big battles in the East

Nara Elia (27 - Boston University), Sammy Davis (16 - Boston University) (2018 Omar Phillips)
Nara Elia (27 – Boston University), Sammy Davis (16 – Boston University) (2018 Omar Phillips)

Both Nicole and I did well overall last week, and she gained a game back on me in the season race. I went 19-7-2 (.714), while Nicole was 20-6-2 (.750). On the year, I am now 258-97-39 (.704), while Nicole is 241-114-39 (.661).

Friday, Feb. 8

No. 5 Princeton at Brown
Candace: Expect Princeton to be back strong after last weekend. Princeton 4-1
Nicole: The Tigers should take this one. Princeton 4-1

No. 6 Cornell at No. 4 Clarkson
Candace: I think Clarkson is back on a roll with sky-high confidence. Clarkson 4-2
Nicole: I’m hedging my bet and calling for a tie. Tie 3-3

Dartmouth at Rensselaer
Candace: Home ice should get the Engineers through. Rensselaer 2-1
Nicole: RPI should win this one. Rensselaer 3-1

No. 10 Colgate at St. Lawrence
Candace: I think the Raiders have more consistency. Colgate 3-2
Nicole: I’ll take Colgate to win this one. Colgate 3-2

Harvard at Union
Candace: Harvard should have tons of confidence after beating BC. Harvard 3-1
Nicole: The Crimson win. Harvard 3-1

Quinnipiac at Yale
Candace: I was impressed by Quinnipiac’s series against Duluth, so I’ll go with the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-2
Nicole: Should be one of the better games and a bit of a toss up, so I’ll take Yale at home. Yale 4-3

New Hampshire at No. 7 Boston College
Candace: The Eagles lost to UNH last time out, and can’t afford to again. Boston College 4-2
Nicole: I’ll take BC. Boston College 3-2

Merrimack at No. 3 Northeastern
Candace: I think the Huskies should get the win on home ice. Northeastern 4-2
Nicole: I’ll stick with Northeastern here. Northeastern 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9

Robert Morris at Penn State
Candace: Going out on a limb and picking a Colonials sweep. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: Robert Morris wins game one, Penn State wins game two. Robert Morris 3-0, Penn State 2-1

RIT at Lindenwood
Candace: Lindenwood may get one at home, but I’ve been impressed by RIT of late. RIT 3-2, 2-1
Nicole: RIT sweeps. RIT 2-0, 3-1

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
Candace: Again, going out on a limb and predicting a sweep. Mercyhurst 3-1, 3-2
Nicole: Mercyhurst wins game one, Syracuse wins game two. Mercyhurst 2-1, Syracuse 3-2

Providence at Maine
Candace: The Friars have not been the same team in the second half. Maine 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: I’ll take a split. Providence in game one, Maine in game two. Providence 3-1, Maine 2-0

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: Two evenly matched teams, and I have no idea who wins. Connecticut 3-2, 2-1
Nicole: Connecticut wins game one, Vermont wins game two. Connecticut 2-1, Vermont 3-2

Bemidji State at No. 9 Ohio State
Candace: I like the Buckeyes to take two close games. Ohio State 3-2, 3-2
Nicole: BSU swept earlier in the season, so I think I’ll take a split here, with Ohio State winning game one. Ohio State 2-1, Bemidji State 3-1

St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth
Candace: I think the Bulldogs have looked very strong lately. Minnesota Duluth 3-1, 3-1
Nicole: I’ll take the Bulldogs to sweep. Minnesota Duluth 3-1, 2-0

Saturday, Feb. 9

Quinnipiac at Brown
Candace: Brown had one good weekend all year. Quinnipiac 3-1
Nicole: Quinnipiac should take this one. Quinipiac 4-1

No. 10 Colgate at No. 4 Clarkson
Candace: The Raiders would love to get some revenge for last year, but I go with home ice. Clarkson 3-2
Nicole: I expect Clarkson to win this one. Clarkson 3-1

Harvard at Rensselaer
Candace: If Harvard doesn’t keep its focus, Lovisa Selander will make them pay. Harvard 2-1
Nicole: Harvard’s the only Beanpot team playing two this weekend. They’ve got momentum so I’ll take them to win here. Harvard 3-2

No. 6 Cornell at St. Lawrence
Candace: Have to go with the Big Red to get a big win. Cornell 3-2
Nicole: Cornell wins this one. Cornell 3-1

Dartmouth at Union
Candace: One of the harder games to pick this weekend. Dartmouth 3-2
Nicole: I’ll take the Dutchwomen. Union 4-2

No. 5 Princeton at Yale
Candace: Princeton is back to its winning ways. Princeton 4-1
Nicole: Tigers win. Princeton 3-0

Holy Cross at No. 8 Boston University
Candace: Holy Cross may keep it close if the Terriers are looking toward Tuesday. Boston University 4-2
Nicole: Boston University wins this one. Boston University 5-1

Merrimack at New Hampshire
Candace: A tough one to pick, mainly because UNH can be so up and down. Merrimack 3-2
Nicole: The Warriors win. Merrimack 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10

Minnesota State at No. 1 Wisconsin
Candace: Have to go with Wisconsin to take two. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-1
Nicole: I expect the Badgers to sweep. Wisconsin 4-1, 5-2

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Beanpot Final

No. 8 Boston University at Harvard
Candace: Looking for the Terriers to finally break through again. Boston University 4-1
Nicole: Boston University wins their second-ever Beanpot. Boston University 4-2

Consolation game

No. 3 Northeastern at No. 7 Boston College
Candace: A tough one to pick because BC’s defense is so porous. I think the Eagles are the more desperate team. Boston College 4-3
Nicole: Huskies take this one. Northeastern 3-2