PACK THE FREAKIN’ GUT PEOPLE. It’s Friday night, it’s for a good cause, and this team deserves the support. I wrote more about what PtG is, and why it’s so great, for The Ice Garden earlier this week.
Oh yeah, not only is it Pack the Gut, but these are two massive games for the Cats in the absolute chaos that is the Hockey East standings. I mean that for both Cats. Both teams are equal, with 19 points in 18 games, one back of Providence and BU for home ice; both teams, as well as Providence, have two games in hand on the Terriers as well. It’ll be interesting to see how UNH responds as well; they were battered 6-0 at home last weekend by Northeastern. The two teams met earlier this season, and it wasn’t pretty for Vermont, who fell behind 4-1 very quickly and, despite a late rally, fell 4-2 at the Whitt.
UNH’s goalie scenario, which wasn’t clear back then, is pretty clear now: Hilary Cashin wins the election, posting a .908 save percentage in 18 games.
That said, the Wildcats are very shaky in the back, ranking 26th in the nation with 3 goals against per game. They do have some point production on the blueline, though, with Amy Schlagel posting 13 points so far this season, and Julia Fedeski and Marie-Jo Pelletier with 12 and 10 respectively.
Up top, one word jumps out: Jonna Curtis. Curtis has more goals alone than all UVM players except Picard and Gorecki have points. Meghara McManus (14 points) and Carlee Turner (13 points) are no slouches either, but Curtis is the engine that powers the Wildcats. Slow her down, and it’s much easier to tame these Cats.
Friday night is Pack the Gut, and there’s a Saturday afternoon game as well.
Crucial, crucial points.