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Like my fellow D-I columnists, I’ve decided to highlight picks for the big women’s games each week. I’ll track them too, to see how I do against the other writers. I’ll post my picks for the week every Friday morning. Here’s what we have on tap for the week.

Friday-Saturday October 15-16

BC at Vermont: With the return of Kelli Stack and Molly Schaus, the Eagles are out of the gates fast, and have too much firepower for the Catamounts. BC 5-1, 4-0

North Dakota at Minnesota: The marquee matchup of the weekend, and, with the return of the Lamoureux twins to the rink they dominated their freshmen year, the most intriguing. The twins have the Sioux at their highest ranking ever. The Gophers have a balanced attack, let by freshman phenom Amanda Kessel. This should be a barnburner. I’m calling a split. Minnesota 4-3, North Dakota 5-4

St. Cloud at Ohio State: The Buckeyes moved into the top 10 last weekend, tied with Providence at 10. St. Cloud is still searching for its first win. Unfortunately for the Huskies, I don’t see them getting it this weekend. Ohio State 3-2, 4-1

Mercyhurst at Bemidji State: Led by Meghan Agosta and Vicki Bendus, the No. 1 Lakers look stronger than ever. This should be a sweep for the Lakers. Mercyhurst 6-0, 5-2

Wayne State at Boston University: Wayne State has been playing well, and I think they are going to surprise the Terriers in this series. Home ice should be good for one win for the No. 6 Terriers. BU 4-1, Wayne State 2-1

Clarkson at St. Lawrence: This is an interesting matchup. Clarkson had a good season last year, and was an early pick to do well in the ECAC, but has stumbled out of the gate, going 0-4. St. Lawrence has been a traditional power in the ECAC. Add the history between these schools and it should be a close series. I’m calling a split. St. Lawrence 3-0, Clarkson 3-2

Saturday-Sunday October 16-17

Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth: The defending champion Bulldogs were beaten in North Dakota last Saturday, falling four places in the polls as a result. Traditionally, the Bulldogs have started slowly, but even so are too strong for Minnesota State. Minnesota-Duluth 5-1, 6-1