NCHA men's hockey playoffs
Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Wisconsin-Superior What: Northern Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday (15-minute minigame follows Saturday's game, if necessary) Where: Wessman Arena Records: Eau Claire 10-14-...
Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Wisconsin-Superior
What: Northern Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series
When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday (15-minute minigame follows Saturday's game, if necessary)
Where: Wessman Arena
Records: Eau Claire 10-14-1; Superior 12-5-8
Outlook: Eau Claire tied for fifth in the regular season, but the Blugolds won their lone stop at Wessman with a 3-1 victory Dec. 8. The Yellowjackets won the return meeting 2-1 at Eau Claire on Feb. 8. Senior left winger Sean Garrity leads Eau Claire in goals (11) and points (24) this season. He has 24 goals and 51 points for his career. Junior right winger Andrew Johnson also has 11 goals. Sophomore Tyler Brigl has played in goal in every Blugolds game except one, posting a 2.45 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. His goals-against average shrunk to 1.92 in conference games. ... The Yellowjackets finished fourth in the league, but with eight ties were just a few goals away from contending for first. UWS broke out of a season-long scoring slump in last week's 6-6 tie with St. Scholastica. Part of the reason has been the return of key injured players. Sophomore Braden Desmet (4-9--13), who missed half the season, scored twice against the Saints. Junior forward Kevin Huck (12-11--23) and freshman forward Logan Isley (10-11--21) lead the team in scoring. Junior Chad Beiswenger is the team's top goaltender with an 11-3-6 record, 1.80 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. His goals-against average is third-best in the NCHA.
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St. Scholastica at Wisconsin-River Falls
What: NCHA quarterfinal series
When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday (15-minute minigame follows Saturday, if necessary)
Where: Hunt Arena
Records: St. Scholastica 9-12-4; River Falls 16-6-3
Outlook: Seventh-seeded St. Scholastica returns to the site of its 2-1 upset of the Falcons in the NCHA semifinals last season and a 4-3 overtime win Jan. 26. The Saints have played better on the road (4-3-3) than at home (4-9-1) this season. Junior forward A.J. Tucker leads the team in nearly every offensive category with 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points. Sophomore Jordan Chong has added 10 goals. Last week's 6-6 tie against UWS marked the Saints' top offensive performance in the league all year. Junior Steve Bounds (2.41, .908) and senior Tyler Johnson (3.23, .879) have split goaltending duties, with Johnson making 35 saves to beat River Falls in their January meeting. ... The Falcons, the only team other than St. Norbert to win the NCHA regular-season championship the past seven years (in 2006-07), finished second behind the Green Knights this year. River Falls is ranked seventh by USCHO.com. The Falcons snapped a four-game losing streak by winning their final two games. Senior forward Tyler Dahl leads the team in scoring with 40 points and is fourth in the nation with 32 assists. Senior Patrick Borgestad is sixth in the country with 23 goals, including nine on the power play and four game-winners. Junior Derek Hansberry (17-19--36) ranks seventh nationally with 10 power-play goals. Sophomore goalie Stephen Ritter (2.53, .924) has played the last 12 games.
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