NCHC picks: Nov. 22

Chris Wilkie (Colorado College-34) 2019 January 12 University of North Dakota hosts Colorado College in a NCHC matchup at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND (Bradley K. Olson)
Chris Wilkie and Colorado College will take on the Minnesota Duluth this weekend. (Bradley K. Olson)

Well, I caught Matthew, thanks to picking North Dakota to win on Saturday. Last week, I went 4-3-1 (.562), while Matthew went 3-4-1 (.437). Neither of us exactly set the world on fire. On the year, Matthew and I are both 29-23-11 (.547). League games always make picking things harder, so let’s see how we can do. Hopefully, I can take a lead on Matthew this weekend.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23

No. 20 Western Michigan at No. 4 Denver
Candace: Denver has struggled its last four games. However, Western has not always done well on the road. Both games will be close, and OT wouldn’t surprise me, but I’m going with the Pioneers to sweep. Denver 3-2, 2-1
Matthew: The home team usually does well in this series. Sorry about that, Broncos. Denver 3-1, 3-1

Colorado College at No. 9 Minnesota Duluth
Candace: Colorado College looked really good last weekend, but Minnesota Duluth is overall a better team. The question is, do the Bulldogs show up? After sweeping Minnesota and getting a tie and wn over Denver, they came out flat last weekend and lost to Miami Friday. CC could win, but I think Duluth is better defensively. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: Neither of us had called CC doing as well as it did last weekend at St. Cloud State. Does that carry over into this weekend at Duluth? UMD struggled last week against Miami, but I think the Bulldogs start to get back on the horse here. Split. Colorado College 3-2, Minnesota Duluth 3-1

St. Cloud State at No. 5 North Dakota
Candace: I was super impressed seeing North Dakota last Friday against Denver. The only danger I see for the Fighting Hawks is an emotional letdown after settling a score with Denver. However, St. Cloud just doesn’t seem to be the team to take advantage. North Dakota 4-2, 4-2
Matthew: Most seasons, this would be a really fun series. I’m just not feeling it right now with St. Cloud, but watch me be wrong here. That happens sometimes. OK, a lot. North Dakota 3-1, 3-2

Miami at No. 18 Omaha
Candace: Miami definitely surprised me last weekend with the win against Duluth. The RedHawks could sneak another win this weekend, as I think first-year coach Chris Bergeron is starting to build to success, but I’m going with an Omaha sweep. Omaha 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: This is my low-key series of the weekend. What happens between an Omaha team that has started better than a lot of people thought, and a Miami team that is starting to put it together? This could go in a bunch of ways, but I’m going to take a split. Miami 3-2, Omaha 3-2