NCHL Opening Weekend MU vs. UW-Oshkosh

October 7th, 2019

Original Post: - 10/01/2019 


Weekly Preview:
Only two days remain before the NCHL begins play for the 2019-20 season and as the NCHL’s sixth season kicks off, eight teams will be vying for the Hap Cup. On this opening weekend of play one series has the spotlight, an intrastate battle between Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Each team will have the chance to start off with a home game in front of their fans during their home and home series.

While there is only one conference series this weekend, the rest of the conference members are busy with non-conference opponents; Aurora University takes on Trine University, Concordia University WI matches up against Maryville University, DePaul faces-off against the University of Illinois, Marian University squares off with University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, and Robert Morris University – Maroon travels to Grand Valley State University. The only exception is Lewis University, who is on a bye week.

Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh open the 2019-20 season with home and home series:
Friday night, October 4th, Marquette University heads the short distance north to Oshkosh, WI for the first game of the 2019-20 NCHL season against the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Saturday night UWO will then hit the road to take on Marquette at The Ponds in Brookfield, WI.

Last season Marquette finished third in the conference standings while UWO came in sixth. During their regular season clash, they split their series, with the home team winning each contest. In Oshkosh, the score was 6-4 in favor of UWO and in Brookfield, Marquette emerged with a 5-2 victory. 

Marquette and UWO met again in the NCHL Conference Tournament Quarterfinals. On neutral ice, Marquette came away with the 7-4 victory.

So far this season, Marquette has played three non-conference games, two against Winona State University and one against University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (D3). They came away with a split with Winona and defeated UWM, and in the process have average six goals a game.

UWO has played two series, a home and home with the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and traveled to Marquette, MI last weekend to take on Northern Michigan University. It has been a tale of two series as they were swept by UW Madison but then rebounded with a sweep of NMU.

So, each team comes into this series with game action under their belt and a taste of victory. The question is, who keeps the momentum rolling, to start themselves on a path to better last season’s conference standing? Or will last year’s results be repeated?



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