This week, I have to give kudos to the Wisconsin-Eau Claire men’s hockey team for proving me wrong.

For my Nov. 16 picks, I tabbed the Blugolds to lose both games to St. Norbert. I was banking on the fact that the Green Knights rarely lose at home. Not only did Wis.-Eau Claire claim one victory, they also tied the Green Knights on Saturday.

Last weekend’s impressive showing lifted the Blugolds to fourth in the latest Division III Poll. Talk about a momentum booster.

I’ll definitely think twice before picking against the Blugolds for the remainder of the season. They have a veteran team that can hit the net, kill penalties, and stonewall opponents.

With the Thanksgiving holiday, the schedule’s a little light this week, but here goes.

Friday-Saturday, November 23-24

Marian and Lawrence at St. Norbert
Despite last week’s loss to Wis.-Eau-Claire, St. Norbert is still 6-2-1 and ranked sixth in D-III. With two contests against Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association teams in this weekend’s Thanksgiving Classic, expect the Green Knights to bounce back nicely. St. Norbert has never lost a game against an MCHA opponent, holding an astonishing 56-0-2 record against that league.  Neither Marian (4-3-1) nor Lawrence (2-4) has the firepower to match St. Norbert, which is scary, because the Green Knights will be moving to the MCHA next season. St. Norbert 6-1, 7-0

Saturday-Sunday, November 24-25

Concordia-Wisconsin at Wis.-Eau Claire
To give you a sense of how tough the NCHA is, four of the seven teams are ranked in the top 15 nationally. Two other teams (Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin-Stevens Point) received votes, but failed to crack the top 15. The Blugolds, however, stand at the top of the conference. After leaving St. Norbert without a loss, you can bet the Blugolds will be motivated to keep the momentum flowing. It could be a long weekend for Concordia-Wis. Wis.-Eau Claire 5-2, 7-1