Paula’s picks: Jan. 7

Monday’s blog chronicled how the CCHA teams fared during holiday play. For those of you wondering, the Lakers swept their way through Canada, winning all five games they played against Canadian university squads. Their most recent victories were a 3-0 win over Ryerson (Jan. 5) and a 3-1 win over York (Jan. 6).

How did I do through the second half of December? For the weekend of Dec. 10-12, the last weekend I picked before the holiday tournaments, I went 4-5-0. For the tournaments, I went 10-6-3.

Overall this season, for games I’ve picked, I’m 68-38-18 (.621).

Here are my picks for games this week. There’s a full slate of CCHA play, with two intense rivalries. Lake Superior State is the team resting this weekend, and it’s well deserved. All games are Friday-Saturday. Start times are noted.

FSU at BGSU. Here’s an okay-ish note: 15 of the last 17 meetings between these teams were decided by two or fewer goals, and FSU is 9-4-2 in those games. Last season, the Bulldogs swept the Falcons in the early going, and the teams are 4-4-0 in their last three seasons … but three of those BGSU wins were from 2007-08. Both teams play better on Friday nights this year. I think that works in FSU’s favor. 7:05 p.m. both nights. FSU 3-2, 4-1.

Miami at OSU. This rivalry has become as intense as anything else in D-I hockey – at least to the people who follow these two teams and the players on the ice. The teams played seven games in 2009-10, four regular-season and a three-game CCHA playoff series. Miami went 5-1-1 in those contests. 7:35 p.m. Friday, 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Miami 3-2, 3-2.

ND at NMU. Notre Dame is 6-3-1 against Northern Michigan in the teams’ last 10 meetings. The teams split a series Dec. 11-12 in South Bend, with NMU winning the first game, 3-2, and ND the second, 5-2. Last season, the Wildcats were 1-0-1 on the road against the Irish, winning the shootout. 7:35 p.m. both nights. NMU 3-2, ND 3-2.

UM vs. MSU. These teams last met Dec. 11 in the Big Chill game, when the Wolverines shellacked the Spartans, 5-0. They eyeballed each other at the GLI last week without having a chance to meet. Since 1999-2000, UM has a 22-20-11 edge over MSU, and the Wolverines have won the last four meetings, dating back to Jan. 30, 2010. Last year, three regular-season games were decided by a goal and UM ended MSU’s year with a two-game road sweep in the CCHA playoffs. This series is home-and-home, with Friday’s game beginning at 7:35 p.m. in East Lansing. Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor starts at 7:05 p.m. MSU 3-2, UM 4-1.

WMU at UAF. The Broncos have won once in Fairbanks, with the Nanooks leading them at home 8-1-1 all-time. The last time WMU opened any new calendar year with a win was in 2003, with a 4-1 win over the now-defunct Findlay Oilers. Last year, the Nanooks ended the Broncos’ season with a two-game, first-round home sweep in the CCHA playoffs, a set in which Alaska outscored WMU 8-1. UAF hasn’t played since Dec. 11; WMU hasn’t played since Dec. 19. Both games are at 7:05 p.m. AT. WMU 3-2, UAF 3-1.

  • Guppie9

    You are crazy if you think UAF is going to split at home against WMU. The Nooks will sweep!

    • Champ8020

      Looks like you were wrong…

      • Anonymous

        very wrong. GO BRONCOS!

  • Once again the picks are wrong, wrong, wrong…go BRONCOS. New coach, fewer “dumb penalities” a goalie that is on FIRE…come on! How many ranked opponents do the Broncos have to beat to get ranked….lets see, Union….sweep,
    Nanooks, 5 out of 6 pts
    Miami Spilit
    plus lets not forget that MSU was ranked and they swept them..didn’t they win this weekend.. I guess they will need to have to beat notre dame, michigan and miami to get ranked..

    Bring on Ohio, two teams without a loss in the last 5..count them …FIVE games..other than BC, Yale and North Dakota, all over ranked, no other teams have had that kind of record….the USCHO better start covering the talent WMU has.

  • Guppie9

    Ughhh…that sucked. Hey WMU fans. I am impressed, and so were the voters, congrats on breaking into the rankings.

  • Cgp_999

    Since everyone is complaining about how awful the Final Five will be this year, maybe it should just be a rule that MN, UW, UMD, UND and SCSU make it every year regardless of record or performance.

    • WCHA Fan

      Thats the WCHA’s fault for banking of the goophs to be in it every single year. Maybe it should just rotate sites like it did before. At least there will be plenty of tickets available for the frozen four, since the goophs wont be in that either

      • IrishSioux

        Well, with the Big Ten on the horizon, I doubt it will change in the next few years. It will be interesting to see what happens after MN and UW are out of the WCHA.

      • Mnhky2000

        Where would you like it to be played instead? The Kohl Center? Or are you just another Sioux fan who thinks the world revolves around the REA?

        • FrozenNorth

          Hey we have the new AMSOIL arena now to that can host too

          • B.D.

            I’ve heard its nice.

        • keep lucia

          have you ever been to THE RALPH go inside once and you will think a little differently

          • B.D.

            Amen

  • AK Sioux

    How about we finally realize that the Gophers ARE NOT the elite team in the state of Minnesota… I for one would much rather see BSU and UMD

  • WCHA Fan

    Congrats to UAA, though. They worked hard all year and deserve to be playing for a chance to be in the national tourny.

  • Billymbrew

    It shouldn’t rotate because the X is a great site for it. And Frozen 4 is sold out

  • Iver7en

    Kristo has been cleared to play… imagine a fully healthy Sioux squad… they were scary enough without kristo and chay. Now they will be brutal…. congrats uaa its great to see them n the beavs in placeof the b$g10 underachievers… yeah Sioux Sioux