No. 10/10 Union takes on 6/5 Colorado College tonight at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs. After a tough loss last night to Denver, Union looks to rebound against a very good Colorado College team. The Tigers, a top flight team in the country, dropped their last game 2-1 vs. Air Force. Colorado College has won two NCAA titles in its history, in 1950 and 1957. With 18 points in the competitive WCHA, they trail only Minnesota and reigning NCAA champs Minnesota-Duluth.
Tonight's Lines, via our friends over at Union Hockey's Tumblr. Be sure to bookmark that site--it's probably the best source of fly-on-the-wall coverage of Union hockey on the interwebs.
After coming off of a difficult 3-1 loss last night, the Hatch-Zajac-Simpson line sports a different feel. Last night, Hatch played on the third line with Kyle Bodie and Trevor Mingoia. The second line is shaken up, however, with Welsh centering Carr and Sullivan. Last night, Jeremy centered Brian Yanovitch and Josh Jooris. Jooris is scratched tonight, Yanny moves to the third line. Kyle Bodie stays on the third line, but Max Novak slides next to him on the wing after playing center on the fourth line last night. Finally, while Cole Ikkala stays in, Mark Bennett takes the place of Mingoia tonight.
On defense, Bodie and Stuart flip sides, while Juice plays on the right with Charlie Vasaturo, who takes the place of Ryan Forgaard. Coach Bennett continues the theme of the flip-flop; Gostisbehere and Coburn trade places on the point.
Players To Watch:
- Troy Grosenick
- He's putting up stellar numbers this years, ranking among the top goalies in the nation. After Colin Stevens was between the pipes yesterday, Coach Bennett looks to a rested Grosenick to stonewall a potent Colorado College offense.
- Rylan Schwartz
- Named the WCHA player of the week, he boasts impressive numbers this year. Union defenseman need to watch for his playmaking skills on the first line. From the blog "Eye of the Tigers:"
"Schwartz holds the team lead with 23 points, 16 goals, six power-play goals and three game-winners. His 23 points are the 10th-most in the WCHA, his 16 goals are tied for the second-most in the country and his average of 1.07 goals a game leads the nation. Among current CC players, he’s tops with 89 career points, including 32 career goals."
Freshman Sam Coatta earns the honors:
- Jaden Schwartz
- Jaden Schwartz, the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft by the Blues, would be a force to reckon with, but he is instead captaining the Canadian team in tonight's World Junior Championships--preliminary round. He's an impressive player, so Union should feel lucky to avoid him. The CBC has a poignant article on him. And oh yeah, his brother happens to be Rylan Schwartz.