Hockey Game Pick D-III West – January 14, 2022 – College Hockey
Most of the games scheduled for this weekend are expected to take place, although there are a few games that have been canceled. Still, hockey plays out as the 2021-22 season unfolds, and let’s take a look at some of the games.
St. Mary’s (4-8-1) at UW-Stout (4-10)
The Cardinals haven’t had it easy this year, scoring just 28 goals while allowing 48, but this is your chance to earn a well-deserved win on the road. Matt Hutton leads the Cardinals in goals with eight goals while four six other players have scored at least seven points, including Bud Winter, who leads the team in goals scored (4).
The Blue Devils struggled at home, winning just one in seven games. They managed to score just 33 goals and allowed 51. Raphael Gosselin leads the team with four goals and five assists. He is one of four players with four or more goals this season. This game probably comes down to which team can have the best outing defensively.
Holy Mary, 5-3
Saint John’s (8-4-1) at UW-Superior (8-4-2)
The Johnnies are on a roll, having won six straight games. But that momentum has been slowed in a sense as the Johnnies haven’t played a game in over a month due to COVID-19 issues. They scored four more goals four times during their winning streak.
For UW-Superior, an opportunity awaits to pull off a big non-conference win and maintain momentum. The Yellowjackets have won two in a row and are undefeated in their last five games. This will be the second game they will play in 2022.
St. John’s, 4-3
St. Norbert (12-3, 8-0) at Lake Forest (6-8-1, 4-3-1)
Ranked eighth in the DCU/USCHO NCAA Division III men’s poll, the Green Knights are playing as well as anyone right now. They’re riding an 11-game winning streak heading into this game and had a big test last week with a sweep of nationally ranked Aurora. In 10 of 11 games in their winning streak, the Green Knights have scored four or more goals.
The Foresters have lost three of four and will need to be at their best to have any chance of upsetting the Green Knights. Lake Forest have scored 48 goals this season but conceded 48.
St. Norbert, 5-2 and 4-2
Friday and Saturday
Bethel (9-4-1, 2-2-1 MIAC) vs. Augsburg (13-2, 5-1 MIAC)
The Royals are having a stellar season so far and now face one of their biggest tests of the season when they take on the Auggies, who are ranked fourth in the DCU/USCHO.com NCAA Division III men’s poll. Bethel has won three of four and has the offensive threats to make this game interesting. Luke Posner (6 goals, 6 assists) and Jarrett Cammarata (2 goals, 10 assists) fueled this success.
The Auggies won four in a row and were one of the best teams in the country, scoring 47 goals and conceding just 22. Five players had at least 10 points during the season and Jack Robbel efforts. and Samuel Vyletelka have been solid.
Augsburg, 4-2 and 3-1
Concordia (6-5-2) at UW-Eau Claire (4-9)
The Cobbers hit the road for a key non-conference series. It will only be the third time this season that they will play away. We will rely heavily on Tyler Bossert. He leads the team in assists (15). Cole O’Connell scored a team-best seven goals.
It hasn’t been a typical year for the Blugolds (4-9). They have lost three games in a row and have averaged just over two goals per game. They will need a quick start to try their luck against the Cobbers.
Concordia, 5-2 and 4-1
Trine (13-4, 7-3 NCHA) to MSOE (4-7-2, 2-4-1)
Trine is looking to continue her wins and stay in the hunt for an NCHA title. The Thunder have won their last four games. Bobby Price has been on a roll this season, scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists.
The Raiders have played a tough schedule, with three of their last four games against top-ranked Adrian. It doesn’t get any easier against a Trine team receiving votes in the latest national poll.
Trine, 4-2 and 5-3
Marian (6-6-2, 1-5-1 NCHA) vs. Lawrence (4-7-1)
It hasn’t been an easy year for the defending NCHA champions, but the Sabers have a chance to move things in the right direction in a home-and-away series with the Vikings. It’s only the second time the team has played since the start of 2022, which has made it difficult to find a rhythm. The Sabers have scored 42 goals this year but have allowed 49.
The Vikings are looking to shake off a two-game losing streak and get their offense back on track after going scoreless in a two-game series against St. Norbert. Lawrence also hasn’t played much in 2022, the start of this series will mark only the second time they’ve taken to the ice for a game.
Lawrence, 3-2; Marianne, 4-3