Thursday, October 28, 2010

A quick look at this weekend

A busy weekend ahead, so I'll simply post my picks from a debate with the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Roman Augustoviz. To see what he has to say, check out his 'Goal Gophers' blog here.

As promised, I'll also link to this story I wrote for College Hockey News on CC's Rylan and Jaden Schwartz. Check it out here.

Minnesota at Colorado College

The Gophers won ugly Sunday, like the Tigers did the night before in Mankato. Both teams are without much top end talent, so solid special teams play and greasy goals will be the keys here. A split wouldn't surprise me, but faced with a pair of average hockey teams, I'll go with the home squad.

Michigan Tech at Wisconsin
The Huskies are unbeaten through five games for the first time since the Nixon administration. It ends this weekend in a big way.

Quinnipiac at St. Cloud State
The Huskies aren't where they need to be yet but their goaltenders finally showed up last weekend. This will be the weekend it all comes together.

Denver at North Dakota
A bunch of injuries and oddities have the Pioneers down to only 22 available bodies. All will travel to Grand Forks this weekend, where a freshman goaltender will take on one of the nation's top teams -- a team that's also angry after an embarrassing weekend out east.

Minnesota Duluth at Bemidji State
It was a short WCHA honeymoon for the Beavers, who opened up a brand new arena, got swept, then went on a bye. Meanwhile, down Hwy. 2, the Bulldogs have quietly started 5-0-1 and are ranked No. 3 in the country.

Minnesota State at Alaska-Anchorage
Talk about Jekyll and Hyde: The Mavericks can score in bunches, like they did in a 5-4 win Friday night. Just 24 hours later, they looked miserable in a 1-0 loss. After a solid opening weekend, the Seawolves have lost their last four games -- although three of those have been one goal contests. When in doubt, take the easy way out.

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