NCHC picks: Jan. 17-18

Paul Washe (Western Michigan-23) 2019 January 18 St. Cloud State University hosts Western Michigan in a NCHC contest at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (Bradley K. Olson)
Paul Washe will lead Western Michigan’s offense against Colorado College this weekend. (Bradley K. Olson)

Last weekend, Matthew and I went 4-3-1 (.562). On the year, I am now 57-42-16 (.565), while Matthew is 53-46-16 (.530). This weekend, we see things different in one series, so perhaps he’ll start to catch up.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18

No. 1 North Dakota at Miami
Candace: I feel like North Dakota got its bad game out of its system last Friday against Omaha, and while I don’t expect either game to be easy, I do see a North Dakota sweep. North Dakota 4-2, 3-2
Matthew: Part of me feels like Miami might have started turning a corner last weekend against Colorado College, but I’ve been here before with the RedHawks. North Dakota 3-1, 3-1

No. 8 Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State
Candace: Home ice is the only thing that makes me pause, but I just feel like Minnesota Duluth is starting to click and is going to be moving toward a play at the NCAA tournament. Minnesota Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Matthew: UMD hasn’t lost in regulation since the first weekend of December, but could that happen here? This SCSU team hasn’t been the easiest one to predict. St. Cloud State 2-1, Minnesota Duluth 4-1

No. 4 Denver at Omaha
Candace: Denver looked very good for the most part last weekend, except for a nap late in the second period on Saturday. I think this will be a Pioneers sweep, putting even more distance between the top three and the rest of the league. Denver 4-2, 5-3
Matthew: UNO got a very credible split last week at North Dakota, but the Mavericks are 0-15-1 in their last 16 meetings with Denver and I don’t know that it changes this weekend. Denver 3-2, 3-1

Colorado College at Western Michigan
Candace: I’m tempted to pick a Western sweep since they are at home, but the Broncos haven’t been consistent enough of late. Western Michigan 4-2, Colorado College 3-2
Matthew: Going in, a split seems fair for a series between two of the NCHC’s more underwhelming teams this season. Western Michigan 3-1, Colorado College 3-2