Dunning’s Picks for Nov. 5 and 6.

If you read my blog post from Monday I posted my picks for last weekend in it and I started off the 2010-2011 season with a mediocre 4-3 record. I correctly predicted the Oswego/Adrian split. Just picked who would win each night incorrectly causing my record to go from a sparkling 6-1 to a blah 4-3. We’ll try better this week.

Last Week: 4-3-0 Overall: 4-3-0

Friday, November 5th

St. Norbert @ St. Catherine

St. Norbert opened up its inaugural season with a split last weekend at the Resch Olympic Pavilion. The Green Knights now hit the road for their next six games and they’ll being missing freshman defenseman captain Emma Agen while she is off at the Four Nations Cup representing Team Sweden. St. Catherine was one of the best stories of the 2009-2010 season as the Wildcats made it all the way to MIAC championship, while compiling a program-best 18-5-2 record. St. Catherine builds off last season’s success and takes advantage of Agen missing from the lineup. St. Catherine: 4  St. Norbert: 1

St. Thomas @ Wis.- Stevens Point

Both of these historically perennial contenders took steps back last season. St. Thomas tied a program-worst with 14 wins and Stevens Point hit a program-low of 13 wins as well. Both teams will be looking to rebound this season and the Pointers have started off on the right foot with a weekend sweep of St. Olaf. The Tommies will be making their 2010-2011 debut and they’ll also be without former All-American goaltender Lauren Bradel for the first time in four years as well. Stevens Point having two games under their belt prevails at home. Stevens Point: 5 St. Thomas: 2

Concordia (Minn.) @ Wis.- Superior

The Cobbers opened up the Brett Bruininks’ era with a sweep of Finlandia. Junior forwards Kayla Hendrickson and Katelyn Dold each have three goals so far to lead the team. They’ll get a much stiffer test this weekend against Superior who will be playing its first games of the season. Superior lost its top two scorers from last year and both goaltenders. Coach Dan Laughlin has brought in nine freshmen and a goalie transfer from R.I.T. in Amy Torgerson. Superior squeaks by. Superior: 4 Concordia (Minn.): 3

Saturday, November 6th

St. Anselm @ Manhattanville

Although St. Anselm is ineligible to compete in the postseason since the Hawks are a D-II school, they have given Manhattanville and Norwich plenty of fits over the last couple of years by stealing away points in the ECAC East Regular Season championship race. Manhattanville’s loaded freshmen class from a year ago returns with a season under its belt now and will be primed to make a run to get the Valiants back to where they used to be in the early 2000’s with back-to-back national championship appearances. Manhattanville: 6 St. Anselm: 2

Elmira @ Oswego

In most years, I’d call this an easy sweep for Elmira. However, the Soaring Eagles graduated a lot of scoring from last year’s Frozen Four squad and showed a few kinks in the armor last weekend at the East/West Hockey Classic. EC coach Greg Fargo has a young bunch that will have to find an identity quick before they’re already way behind R.I.T. and Plattsburgh. Oswego on the other hand has been receiving rave reviews about its incoming freshmen class. The Lakers had a successful opener splitting at Adrian and now they return to the friendly confines of the Campus Center looking to beat one of the ECAC West powerhouse three for the first time. Elmira: 5 Oswego: 1

St. Thomas: 3 Stevens Point: 2

Superior: 4 Concorida (Minn.) 2

St. Scholastica: 3 Concordia (Minn.) 1

Elmira: 4 Oswego: 3

  • John

    ya, there’s never any western bias in college hockey

  • Vizoroo

    #12 should be April 2005. Unuversity of Denver beat Maine in 2004 in Boston. Then repeated in the All WCHA Frozen Four in 2005.

  • Casey T

    #9….. ouch Paula… I remember it like it was yesterday…. Have a good season!

  • 94eagle

    You guys obviously didn’t watch the Eagles much last season and this year they’re stacked with even more talent. they dismantled Denver last night at Magnuss

  • Dick Wiegand

    I hate all the time outs. It certainly breaks the game up and weakens the strategy of the game. A well conditioned team will have a more difficult time wearing down a non-conditioned team. Go back to 1 time out per team per game, or at least 1 time out per period. Happy season everyone.

  • Shannon

    Oswego did better than expected against Elmira with a 1-1 tie and a 3-1 loss crediting a strong recruiting class complimenting a veteran core.