First off congrats to senior Sarah Hine for winning best defensive forward award, and to junior Emma Nuutinen for being named to first CHA team, this week.
Tonightís game at 730 is between Cuse and Hurst, two teams that have met in the semis many times before, and most recently last year when Hurst defeated the Orange in OT.
A big question for todayís semi is who plays in net, for both teams. Senior Maddi Welch got the win yesterday for Cuse but wasnít really tested. Welch has given up 9 goals to Hurst this year in 2 games. Cohen, a sophomore, has only given up one goal against Hurst in 2 games this year. Both goalies are 1-1 vs Mercyhurst.
For Mercyhurst McDonnell played 3 out of 4 games against Cuse, going 2-1 and earning one shutout against them in a 1-0 game. Meanwhile, Blair hasnít had stats as good as last year but also played some really tough starts this year, and is coming off a shutout performance against RIT last Saturday. She was excellent in last years post season.
I believe Mercyhurst can win with either goalie. Sloppiness in their own zone, while Syracuse threw anything on net hurt Hurst in the last outing against Syracuse. If Hurst cleans that up and plays a full 60 minutes, I do think they come out on top.
A person could pick anyone to be the difference maker on the score sheet, but a player who has been doing well lately is Dobson. In the second half sheís quietly climbed up to 2nd in points on the team with 22. One of my favorite goals of the year was the 1-0 win over Cuse in the fall, when Hine and Dobson dug a puck out of the corner and Dobson found Isbell in the slot, who then beat Ady Cohen after she stepped around the Syracuse D. Hope they have some of that magic tonight.
Letís go Lakers!