Weekend Predictions- ‘Niagara Falls’

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I stole my title from the Grand Forks Herald because I thought it was clever. I feel like I have an excuse every weekend for not posting a full recap but this week it’s because I’m sick. So without further ado, here goes nothing:

Niagara @ UND Notes         
–       Games went as expected with a couple of blowout wins by UND, 7-1 Friday & 5-0 Saturday
–       I commented in the 1st period of Friday night that it seemed like a 20 minute powerplay for the Sioux to start the game. The Purple Eagles hardly had a chance to touch the puck, much less score.

–       UND outshot Niagara 2 to 1 on the weekend

–       The Sioux converted on 25% of PP for the weekend going 1 of 4 each night, Niagara went 0 for 6 in the series

–       2 players I predicted would add more goals in the 2nd half, Bryn Chyzyk and Austin Poganski, each scored 2 goals on Friday night

–       I had to admit this but the games were somewhat boring as Niagara was essentially beat halfway through each one, but don’t think I’m complaining about it.

–       Zane McIntyre wasn’t tested a lot but did make a few nice doorstop saves off rebounds.  The one goal he let in was not a good one but wasn’t a big deal as the game was already 7-0.  The Niagara coach actually was upset his players celebrated the goal but you can’t blame them, it was the one thing they could celebrate all weekend.

–       Despite Niagara having the worst pairwise ranking in the nation, the 2 wins actually moved UND up 2 spots to #4 in the nation

#43 Colorado College Tigers @ #4 University of North Dakota

–       CC won it’s first conference game in 10 attempts last Friday against UNO and outshot the Mavericks heavily in Saturday’s loss

–       The Tigers only have 5 wins in 20 games while North Dakota only has 5 losses in 23 games

–       Colorado College is 1-11-1 away from World Arena while the Sioux are 9-3-2 at home this year

–       North Dakota is scoring 3.5 goals a game while CC is allowing 4.0 goals a game

–       The two CC goalies, Chase Perry and Tyler Marble, sport a 3.64 and 3.95 GAA respectively. Zane McIntyre currently sits at 1.87 GAA.

–       CC has played the 9th toughest schedule in the nation according to KRACH rankings and UND has played the 12th toughest

Sioux sweep 3-2, 5-1

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