Picking the WCHA Nov. 8-9

So, as it turns out, Daver has this picks things down pat. He was 8-2-1 last week, only getting wrong Michigan Tech/North Dakota and one of the Alaska/Bemidji State games. And he was almost exactly spot on with the BGSU/Minnesota State game, getting the scores almost exactly right (he was off by one in MSU’s win Saturday). So how will we do this week? We’ve got a good mix of noconference and conference action, so let’s get right into it.

Daver last week: 8-2-1

Jack last week: 6-4-1

Daver this season: 17-5-1

Jack this season: 29-19-4

St. Cloud at Northern Michigan

This series was a pretty-one sided affair last year in St. Cloud, but the Wildcats — undefeated since the first game of the season — hope for a much better showing at home in Marquette.

Jack: NMU sweeps, 4-2, 5-4

Daver: SCSU Friday 3-1, NMU Saturday 4-2

Ferris State at/vs. Western Michigan

The Bulldogs have had a tough go of it so far but they’re actually doing pretty well in nocnonference play — they’re 2-1 with wins over Colgate and Miami. Daver and I disagree how well they’ll do this week.

Jack: WMU wins 4-2Friday, Ferris wins 3-2 Saturday

Daver: Western sweeps 4-1, 5-2

Arizona State at Alaska

We already know that Alaska has been the pleasant surprise of the WCHA season so far. It seems like they’ll keep that success going this week.

Jack: Alaska sweeps 5-3, 3-1

Daver: ASU Friday 4-1, Alaska Saturday 3-2

Lake Superior at Bemidji State

Of the three nonconference series this weekend, this one seems most intriguing to me. Lake Superior/Bemidji series have been typically hard-fought, and I think this will be no different.

Jack: BSU wins 4-2 on Friday, LSSU wins 3-1 on Saturday

Daver: LSSU sweeps 4-3, 3-2

Alaska Anchorage at Alabama Huntsville

A hard one to pick, since neither team has exactly been lighting the conference ablaze right so far. This seems like a split for both teams.

Jack: UAA wins 4-2 Friday, UAH wins 3-1 Saturday

Daver: UAH Friday 2-1, UAA Saturday 3-1

Minnesota State at Michigan Tech

Minnesota State is coming off their first loss of the season, while Tech had a tough single game at North Dakota. This should be a well-played series.

Jack: MSU sweeps 3-1, 3-2

Daver: MSU Friday 3-0, MTU Saturday 2-1