Game Day Skate: WCHA action begins, Syracuse at Northeastern, Clarkson at Vermont

AES Rankings

  1. Minnesota
  2. Boston College
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Clarkson
  5. North Dakota
  6. Boston University
  7. Harvard
  8. Bemidji State
  9. Quinnipiac
  10. St. Lawrence

Game Day Highlights

Minnesota Duluth at No. 8 Bemidji State: One of the biggest questions coming into the season was whether or not the Beavers would be able to surpass the Bulldogs in the WCHA standings. We’ll get some semblance of an answer to that this weekend, when the clubs square off in their first WCHA competition of the year. Minnesota Duluth had a tough time against Boston College last weekend, but they’ll face a different challenge this weekend in Bemidji, whose defense and goaltending will carry them. The Beavers are coming off of a pretty strong sweep of Vermont, but they’ll have a few more players to look out for in UMD’s lineup this weekend.

Syracuse at Northeastern: Syracuse is coming off of a midweek loss to Clarkson that saw them fairly overmatched at every position, but the Huskies do not house the same depth in their line-up. The Orange will, of course, have a lot to handle with Kendall Coyne driving the Northeastern offense, but the Huskies’ goaltending is still unproven. Two weeks ago they found themselves in the midst of a shootout with St. Lawrence, and though they had control of it almost the entire way thanks to their offense, Syracuse could make it interesting if top players like Stephanie Grossi and Melissa Piacentini can pot some goals for them.

Clarkson at Vermont: There haven’t really been any surprises to the Golden Knights’ start to the season; they put away St. Lawrence in a home-and-home series last week and then Syracuse earlier this week. They should be able to keep things rolling against the Catamounts here, but UVM will be looking to make a statement in nonconference action after getting swept by Bemidji State last weekend. If Vermont is really hoping to steal a game, they’re going to need someone other than Bridget Baker to chip in up front, and Madison Litchfield will have to do her best to handle a busy night in net.

Players to Watch

Hanna Moher, Forward, Bemidji State: Moher had a goal and two assists in last weekend’s series against Vermont, and continued production from her would help bolster the Beavers’ offense.

Sam LaShomb, Defense, North Dakota: The D came up big last week in UND’s series against RPI, scoring and assisting in the first game and adding another tally in game two.

Stephanie Grossi, Forward, Syracuse: Grossi is often capable of providing the Orange with an offensive spark when needed, and she could make a big impact against the Huskies as Syracuse bids for an upset.

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