Weekend Preview 11/1-11/3

November 1st, 2019

Origianl post: http://nchlhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/nchl_hockey/news-1147/news_526463 (October 30th) 


Weekly Preview:
Two weeks of one conference series give way to two matchups this weekend. Leading the slate is the showdown between first place Marquette University and tied for second place Aurora University in Brookfield, WI. Last season these two teams tied for second place and were battling all season for the all important first round bye in the conference tournament, which ultimately went to Aurora via tiebreaker. Each team is playing well, so there is the potential for post-season implications with this matchup, especially should this season mirror the results of 2018-19. Additionally, with Marian once again looking tough, points are of the utmost importance in each team’s quest to unseat Marian as regular season champion.

Matchup number two is between Marquette DIII and divison rival NIU. It has been awhile since a Marquette team has played NIU but with the DIII team rejoining the MACHA also brings back old rivalries.. This will be the second straight home series for Marquette DIII as they look to put a grip on the conference standings. Both teams have 2 conference sweeps meaning this weekend could likely be the difference maker for the top seed and first round bye. Neither team will want to give up any ground, so the more points they can earn the better. 

Marquette University welcomes Aurora University to The Ponds:
Marquette University faces their first challenge for the top spot in the conference standings, a spot they have held since opening weekend, when they host Aurora University at The Ponds, in Brookfield, WI. Only two points separate these two teams, after four weeks of conference play, so this is the first time Marquette could lose their grip on first place.

Last weekend both Marquette and Aurora had game action against non-conference opponents. Marquette had a home and home series against University of Wisconsin – Madison and split the series, losing the opening game 4-3 but winning the finale by a score of 7-5. Aurora played a single game against Purdue University Northwest and came away with a dominating 14-3 win. Besides two single game contests this is Aurora’s first two game series since they played University of Wisconsin Oshkosh the weekend of October 11th, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to playing a back-to-back series.

Meeting three times last season, Marquette swept Aurora on their home ice during the regular season, winning 3-2 and 7-3. While the sweep allowed Marquette to finish in a tie for second with Aurora, Aurora would get the first round bye in the conference tournament due to the regulation wins tie breaker. After making it out of the quarterfinals Marquette and Aurora met for the third time in the semifinals, and this time Aurora avenged their losses earlier in the season with a 3-2 victory. During the last two seasons the visiting team has swept the home team, so Marquette will be looking to break that streak, while increasing their points lead. For Aurora, they will try and keep the streak going and jump to the top of the standing for the first time since the end of the 2017-18 season.




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