First of all, I’d like to apologize to Tyler because I apparently forgot his picks for the Mariucci Classic. So, before I get into the results, he had picked Minnesota to lose to Union and beat Ferris State and for Bemidji to do it the other way around.
Now, results! Remember, though: for non-fixed tournaments (so Shillelagh, GLI, Florida), only successful picks count. For everything else, losses count against.
Last … month Theresa: 12-5-2
Season Theresa: 75-48-13
Last … month Tyler: 12-3-2
Season Tyler: 74-31-9
Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8
Michigan Tech (3-13-2, 1-10-2 WCHA) at St. Cloud State (7-11-2, 3-8-1 WCHA)
Theresa: This one’s tricky. True, SCSU is coming off of a great win at the Florida College Classic; however, they might be reeling due to losing several players off their roster. MTU, on the other hand, played some tough games at the GLI but couldn’t break through with a win. Do I give SCSU the benefit of the doubt? Or do I call a split, picking Tech to finally break their winless streak? I think I’ll go with the latter – SCSU Friday, MTU Saturday.
Tyler: David Eddy had a hand in three of SCSU’s eight goals (1 goal, 2 assists) at the Florida College Classic so his addition to the team could be a huge plus for the Huskies in the second half. Eddy will be a scratch this weekend, according to Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times. SCSU will ride the momentum coming off their FCC title and sweep Tech.
Robert Morris at No. 2 North Dakota (14-5-2, 11-3-0 WCHA)
Theresa: How can you NOT pick the Sioux right now? Theoretical second half team aside, UND is rolling. Sioux sweep.
Tyler: It’s the second half of the season, which means it’s time for the Sioux to roll. UND sweep.
Canisius at No. 13 Wisconsin (12-7-3, 6-6-2 WCHA)
Theresa: Canisius is one of the better Atlantic Hockey teams this year, but that’s not saying much as a good chunk of the league is muddled together. The Badgers, on the other hand, seem to be gaining their footing so I think I have to go with a UW sweep.
Tyler: Another East Coast mid-major for the Badgers to beat up on in Madison. UW sweep.
American International at Minnesota State (8-8-4, 4-8-2 WCHA)
Theresa: The Yellow Jackets are typically one of the bottom-feeder Atlantic Hockey teams, but have been doing fairly well lately (3-2 in their last five). However, so have the Mavericks – 6-2 in their last eight. In this situation, I’ve got to go with MSU – ‘Kato sweep.
Tyler: The Mavericks have won 6 of 8 and should win 8 of 10 after this weekend. MSU will continue to roll against one of the nation’s worst defenses but should look out for the Yellow Jackets’ power play (24.4 percent). MSU sweep.
Bemidji State (7-10-1, 4-9-1 WCHA) at Alabama-Huntsville
Theresa: I’m trying to think here. The obvious choice here is a Beaver sweep, given that UAH is pretty terrible and BSU is coming off of a “sweep” at the Mariucci Classic. However, these are old conference rivals and both teams are very familiar with the other. Therefore, I think I’m going to go a bit daring and call a split – BSU Friday, UAH Saturday.
Tyler: Both of these teams have a lot of trouble scoring but Huntsville can’t keep the puck out of their own net. BSU sweep.
Minnesota (9-8-3, 6-6-2 WCHA) and No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth (14-4-3, 9-3-2 WCHA) vs. the U.S. Under-18 Team
Theresa: The future stars of tomorrow can sometimes surprise current D-1 clubs, but I see no reason why either WCHA team should have a problem here. Both Minnesota schools win.
Tyler: Also has the Minnesota schools winning.