#9 Marquette vs. #20 DePaul Preview

December 1st, 2021

12/01/21 Original: http://nchlhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/nchl_hockey/news-1147/news_538023

 

As we come back from the NCHL’s Thanksgiving break there is just one divisional series on the schedule this weekend. Hitting the ice will be Black Division members #9 Marquette University and #19 DePaul University. Marquette will have to go on the road for their first meaningful game action since the beginning of November after a succession of unfortunate circumstances required the postponement of two straight conference series while DePaul will be able to enjoy the homey confines of Johnny’s IceHouse West.

Marquette is nipping at the heels of DePaul in the standings, sitting just one point behind, and both teams will have the opportunity to jump #14 Aurora University for 2nd place. So, there is a lot to gain for each team in this series. Also, based on max point totals for the five teams remaining in contention for the four conference tournament slots, DePaul is the odd team out as their total is the lowest, so points will be especially crucial this weekend for them to bolster their standing.

 

#9 Marquette University makes the journey to #19 DePaul University:
#9 Marquette University makes the journey to Chicago, IL to take on #19 DePaul University this weekend. Heading into this series DePaul sits in 3rd place in the Black Division while Marquette is only one point back in 4th place. While both teams have the possibility to overtake #14 Aurora University for 2nd place this series is especially important for DePaul as it is their second to last conference series of the season.

With the Thanksgiving break last weekend each team has had at least two weeks off. DePaul has seen the most current action, last taking on #14 Aurora University the weekend before Thanksgiving and coming away with a series split. After two weekends that had to be postponed due to circumstances out of their control, Marquette will be seeing their first meaningful action since a sweep of Purdue University Northwest the first weekend of November.

In Marquette and DePaul’s previous six meetings DePaul holds a 4-2 lead, with one win coming in overtime, and a 4.67 to 4 average goals per game advantage. During the two game set of their last meeting in October 2019, Marquette won game one by a score of 8-3 and DePaul came back and won game two by a score of 4-1. The Marquette offense is clicking so far this season, averaging over seven goals a game while giving up just under three. However, DePaul is averaging about three goals less on offense and giving up a goal and a half per game.

Of the five teams still vying for the four spots in the conference tournament DePaul has the lowest max point total, so wins this weekend will be essential. On the other side, Marquette has only played three conference games to this point giving them a slight bit of breathing room, but they will want to shake off any rust fast, get back in the win column, and try and tie up the overall series.

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