Action kicks off tonight at 7PM Central with UW-Eau Claire taking on Gustavus Adolphus for the right to play Hamline tomorrow. The only time these two met in the regular season ended in a 2-2 tie after GAC answered each time the Blugolds scored.
UWEC hasn't lost since January 19th, are 7-0-1 in that span including 2-0-1 against powerhouse UW-River Falls. GAC is coming off blowing a 12-game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) with a 4-1 loss to Hamline in the MIAC final.
Thoughts? Predictions? I'm not sure who to take here. GAC is a perennial contender, but UWEC seems to have the wind in their sails right now.
Comes down to whether UWEC can shut down the GAC first line. I think after Line 1, UWEC might be slightly deeper. When UWEC plays sound defense (and they have this year), they are really tough.
But I think Hamline makes it out of the weekend. Bobrowski is the best player in the West right now, and if she goes off, it will be tough to stop Hamline.
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Last edited by shelfit; 03-09-2018 at 07:51 PM.
PP goal for the Blugolds! 1-0 Eau Claire.
A terrible period for Eau Claire. Literally standing still with the puck. Ugly hockey. How they still have the 2-1 lead is a mystery. Late goal waived off for GAC would have made it 2-2. Eau Claire better start skating next period or else Gustavus will come back and win.
2-2 now with a dramatic late goal for GAC. One minute to play in the 3rd.
And we'll have OT. Eau Claire continues to look awful. It's like they want to give the game away...penalties, icing it repeatedly, etc. GAC outshooting them 37-12. Gustavus deserves to win this one.
Last edited by shelfit; 03-09-2018 at 10:08 PM.
Does Eau Claire know the icing rules? Do the officials? OMG!
And we will have a 2nd OT period. Shots are now 47-22 for GAC. Better period by UWEC but still lots of icing the puck.
Hamline is loving this and hoping for a very long night with multiple overtimes for these two teams.
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