Game Day Highlights
No. 5 Quinnipiac at No. 8/9 Clarkson: After getting shut out by St. Lawrence last night, 3-0, the Bobcats are in desperate need of a good showing. They’ve had a lot of success against Clarkson this season, unlike the ECAC’s other top teams, having already beaten the Golden Knights twice. Clarkson survived its own scare yesterday; despite dominating Princeton, the Golden Knights had to erase a 1-0 deficit and squeaked by, 2-1. But Quinnipiac is struggling to score, and Clarkson has no problem getting locked into a defensive battle.
No. 6 Minnesota Duluth at No. 2 Minnesota: The Gophers earned a resounding 7-1 win last night in game one of this series, so it’s safe to say that the Bulldogs are officially scrambling to find some footing. North Dakota surpassed them yesterday to take over third place in the WCHA standings, and with three games left before the playoffs begin, a strong performance tonight is nearly a must. Minnesota put up 47 shots on goal last night, and though Minnesota Duluth got some chances of its own, it needs to do a better job of controlling play and maintaining possession.
Princeton at St. Lawrence: Both teams have provided the ECAC with a good amount of parity this season, and will likely make it as tough on each other today as they’ve made it against most other teams. St. Lawrence’s offense led the way in the team’s first meeting this season, which the Saints took, 7-3. That’s something to keep an eye on again today, as St. Lawrence’s scoring depth outweighs the Tigers’ on paper. Molly Contini has done a great job up front for Princeton this season, and whether or not she can get some help producing will be a big factor in how this one ends.
Players To Watch
Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Forward, Minnesota Duluth: Brykaliuk was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer for a good stretch, but has dropped off over the second half of the year, and has just one goal in the last five games. She’ll be a key figure tonight as the Bulldogs look to build more offense.
Amanda Boulier, Defense, St. Lawrence: She scored the game-winner last night in a multi-point effort against the Bobcats. Defense is the strong suit for the Saints, and she is one of their most important players when it comes to driving possession.
Blayre Turnbull, Forward, Wisconsin: The senior captain has always been a strong player in all areas but has picked up her production over the last few games, scoring five goals in her last two outings, including both against Ohio State last night in a 2-0 victory.
College Hockey America
Penn State (15-12-4) at Mercyhurst (21-7-3), 2 p.m. EST
Lindenwood (9-17-2) at Syracuse (8-13-10), 3 p.m. EST
RIT (10-17-4) at Robert Morris (9-17-4), 3:05 p.m. EST
Princeton (13-11-2) at St. Lawrence (18-9-4), 3 p.m. EST
Rensselaer (5-22-4) at Brown (5-20-1), 4 p.m. EST
No. 5 Quinnipiac (22-6-3) at No. 8/9 Clarkson (20-8-3), 4 p.m. EST
No. 4 Harvard (20-4-2) at Colgate (7-23-1), 4 p.m. EST
Dartmouth (12-11-2) at No. 10 Cornell (14-9-3), 4 p.m. EST
Union (4-20-7) at Yale (12-13-1), 4 p.m. EST
Maine (10-15-3) at No. 1 Boston College (28-1-1), 1 p.m. EST
No. 7 Boston University (19-7-2) at Providence (6-19-4), 2 p.m. EST
Northeastern (9-15-4) at Connecticut (7-16-7), 3 p.m. EST
New Hampshire (9-19-2) at Vermont (13-17-1), 4 p.m. EST
No. 3 Wisconsin (23-4-4) at Ohio State (16-12-3), 4:07 p.m. EST
Bemidji State (17-13-1) at Minnesota State (3-26-1), 3:07 p.m. CST
No. 8/9 North Dakota (17-11-3) at St. Cloud State (6-24-1), 3:07 p.m. CST
No. 6 Minnesota Duluth (17-9-5) at No. 2 Minnesota (26-2-4), 4:07 p.m. CST