Women’s D-III picks Jan. 10: Norwich-Elmira rematch among the highlights

Eliza Beaudin of Elmira (Elmira Athletics)
Eliza Beaudin of Elmira (Elmira Athletics)

Friday, Jan. 10

Wisconsin-Superior at No. 4 Gustavus Adolphus
The Yellowjackets are a dangerous team for the Gusties, and I think this will be a very tight game in which home ice might be the difference. Gustavus Adolphus 3-2



Augsburg at No. 8 Wisconsin-River Falls
The Wisconsin teams have a tough out-of-conference schedule this weekend. I think in this case, home ice gets the Falcons a big win. Wisconsin-River Falls 3-2


Friday-Saturday, Jan. 10-11

No. 10 Colby at Wesleyan
Colby is my sleeper team, and I think they will be a big challenge for the existing powers in the NESCAC. Colby should win this. Colby 4-2, 4-1

Saturday, Jan. 11

Buffalo State at No. 1 Plattsburgh
Cardinals coach Kevin Houle sounded a note of caution about Buffalo State this week, so I think he will make sure his players are focused and ready. When Plattsburgh is ready, they are one of the toughest teams to beat. Plattsburgh 4-2

No. 3 Norwich at No. 7 Elmira
A big rematch. These two played to a scoreless tie on Monday in the East-West Hockey Classic. I have trouble seeing another scoreless game. Elmira is at home, but I think Norwich is a deeper team. Norwich 2-1

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NCHC Columnist and Women’s EditorCandace Horgan has been working with USCHO since 2006. She started as an arena reporter for Denver, expanded to covering Colorado College and Air Force, then took over as a game recap editor in 2007, and now serves as NCHC Columnist and Women’s Editor.