UMass @ Quinnipiac Preview

For the #1 ranked Minutemen, every game is a question mark. Can they beat this team to deserve the hype? Can they win on the road? And so on. Tonight is no different, as they take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats in Hamden, CT. The Bobcats are resurgent thus far this season. They were a bit of a question mark themselves coming into the year but like their neighbors up I-91, they have been answering the questions too.

This weekend home and home series will be big for both programs, with the edge going to UMass and can they keep on quitting the naysayers. UMass and QU are 3rd and 5th in goals per game, 7th and 3rd in goals against per game, 2nd and 8th in power play %, and 7th and 5th in Penalty Kill %. Both rosters dot the scoring leaders charts as well, with talented defensemen Cale Makar for UMass and Chase Priskie for Quinnipiac powering both teams from the back. Players to watch this weekend for UMass are Makar, Marc Del Gaizo, Mitchell Chaffee, Jacob Pritchard, John Leonard and goalie Filip Lindberg. Lindberg is a bit of a surprise but he has played well in his starts. Might be a warm up for his turn for Finland in the World Juniors. The Bobcats to watch are Priskie, Odeen Tufto, Wyatt Bongiovanni, Ethan de Jong, and goalie Keith Petruzzelli.

Correction: Much to the dismay of UMass fans, Petruzzelli did not play this evening as the starting nod went to Junior Keith Shortridge. Through 2 and a half periods Shortridge is the story of the evening…

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