Tonight, the Lancers from the University of Windsor come to the Patty Center to face off against the 'Nooks. This is the Lancers 5th game on the schedule, so they've got some time under their belts so far to get their season rolling.
Last season, the Lancers took on a pair of the 'Nooks common CCHA foes in the Michigan Wolverines and the Miami RedHawks. That trip to the states didn't fare so well, with back-to-back 2-6 losses. I don't expect much different here.
Coach Ferguson has said recently that Scott Greenham may be given a run for his money for his time between the pipes. Last season, Greenham racked up the 2nd most playing minutes of any D-I goalie in the nation. Backups Steve Thompson and Colin Rundell have clearly put in some work to improve their games, and tonight is a perfect night to give one of these guys some game time.
I'm sure you all saw my thoughts on the Blue/Gold game, but that still holds true. I'm sure we'll still see Dallas shake the lines up a bit throughout tonight to look for some more chemistry. Also, I anticipate the freshmen getting a lot of ice time tonight to continue to get used to the game plan and the strategy with the upperclassmen leading the way.
Should be a good time tonight. The game is at 7:05 here at the Patty Center Ice Arena tonight here on campus. The circus is still going on at the Carlson, so the game will be in a smaller venue (and, subsequently, on smaller NHL-sized ice). Tickets will be available at the door.
Tonight's prediction, 7-1 'Nooks.
See you all at the Patty... Can't make it to the game? The Voice of the Nanooks, Bruce Cech calls the games live over the radio on 91.5FM in Fairbanks, or via the online stream at http://ksua.uaf.edu.