One team is playing their third game of the week. The other hasn’t played in almost a month.
On Tuesday, the Catamounts will take to the ice against former ECAC rival St. Lawrence, who is making their first appearance on the ice since December 9, when they beat Clarkson. Will the rust hurt the Saints, or will the rest play to their advantage?
The Saints, under first-year head coach Mark Morris, are off to a great start this year, sitting at 10-5-4 and second in the ECAC, one point back of Union. They are the only team that’s defeated Penn State this year. Against opponents UVM has also faced, they are 3-1-2 with wins over Quinnipiac, Dartmouth, and Clarkson, a loss to Lowell, and draws with Quinnipiac and Union. However, in recent years the Saints have struggled at the Gutt, last winning at Vermont on December 17, 2011, during a season where the Cats won a grand total of 6 games.
In goal, SLU will almost certainly roll with the ultra-consistent Kyle Hayton. The junior has posted a .935 save percentage in each of his first three years in Canton, and has started all but one game this season. Yeah. He’s very good.
St. Lawrence is one of the few teams in the country where their leading scorer is a blueliner. Gavin Bayreuther is terrific, with 23 points to lead all defensemen nationwide. Nolan Gluchowski and Ben Finkelstein also have upwards of 10 points. However, the team gives up a slew of shots – over 30 a night – and that puts a lot of pressure on Hayton. If the Cats can finish their chances, this game won’t be as bad as it could be.
The attack for St. Lawrence is led by Mike Marnell, who has 19 points in 15 games including a four-goal game against Brown. Joe Sullivan and Jacob Pritchard have 17 points each to compliment him, and SLU’s attack is just two notches behind UVM’s in goals per game. However, they have struggled immensely on the power play, ranking 54th in the country with a 11.11% success rate.
Game is Tuesday night on CatamounTV.
PS: We’d also like to extend a good luck to Max Daigle, who will not be returning for spring semester. Per Sneddon, “Daigle indicated that he believed he needed to attend another university to best pursue his academic program of choice.” (h/t Ted Ryan)