Friday, November 6, 2009

How Much Fight Does the Irish Have?

#13 Alaska vs. #9 Notre Dame

This series promises to be an exciting one. Notre Dame is a surprising 4-3-1 so far this season (and even more surprising, are still ranked above UA, despite 3 losses to unranked teams (note: Boston College was not ranked when they beat ND)).

The Irish have only played one away game thus far, and have traveled 3,500 miles to get here for their second and third games away from South Bend, so hopefully home ice will tip in our favor.

Notre Dame 4-3-1 (19 GF, 13 GA) (2.375 GFA, 1.625 GAA)
Alaska 5-0-1 (18 GF, 7 GA) (3.000 GFA, 1.166 GAA)

Statistically, the Nanooks are coming in looking a bit better than Jeff Jackson's Irish, but statistics don't mean everything. The Nanook defense has not allowed more than two goals in a game all season, including the shut out Greenham pitched to Red Berenson's #3 Wolverines.

Expect a good showing by both teams. Notre Dame appears to be on a bit of a roller coaster, having beat Boston University, losing to Boston College, then coming up with a win and a tie at home against Ohio State. We also won't mention their losses to Providence or Alabama-Huntsville... Expect a showing of defense this weekend, as Greenham and the Nanook defense flex their muscles against ND's squad, but I think the Nanooks will come out with a sweep this weekend.

Friday 3-1 W
Saturday 2-1 W (OT)

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