Men’s Hockey Prepares For Saint Mary’s Series

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by

Gustavus vs. Saint Mary’s
Date: Friday, Jan. 26
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Location: St. Peter, Minn. | Don Roberts Ice Rink
Live Coverage: Stats | Video

Gustavus at Saint Mary’s
Date: Saturday, Jan. 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Winona, Minn. | Saint Mary’s Ice Arena
Live Coverage: Stats | Video

GAME NOTES

ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s hockey team is set for a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series against this weekend versus Saint Mary’s University. The Gusties (8-8-3, 7-3 MIAC) host Cardinals (5-10-2, 2-5-1 MIAC) on Friday prior to heading to Winona, Minn. Saturday evening.

Last Time Out

The Gusties split a series with No. 14-ranked Augsburg University last weekend, earning a 4-1 win on Friday at Don Roberts Ice Rink, which stood as the first Gustie win over a ranked opponent since Gustavus took down top-ranked St. Norbert College in 2012. Augsburg salvaged a series split with a 3-2 victory in Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday.

Series Snapshot

Friday’s game will mark the 125th all-time meeting between the Gustavus and Saint Mary’s men’s ice hockey programs, with the Gusties holding an 78-39-7 advantage in the series. The Black and Gold hold a 6-4 advantage during the last 10 meetings, while the Cardinals swept Gustavus last season for the first time since the 1994-95 season. 

Scouting Saint Mary’s

The Cardinals wrapped up their 2017-18 non-conference schedule last Friday, scoring a season-high seven goals with 7-4 victory at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. During the previous weekend, Saint Mary’s split a conference series with Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., suffering a 5-4 overtime setback prior to winning 5-3. Senior forward Jay Heinle leads the Cardinals with 14 points off of five goals and nine assists. Senior goaltender Aaron Davis has spent the majority of minutes in net, starting in 11 of 17 games with a 3.61 goals against average and an .872 save percentage.

Goaltending Consistency

The netminding duo of Chris Amsden (Jr., St. Peter, Minn.) and Robbie Goor (Fy., Anoka, Minn.) have continued to be a steady between the pipes, each sharing time in goal. Goor and Amsden rank third and fourth in the MIAC with a 2.11 and 2.15 goals against average, respectively.

Power Play Presence

Gustavus owns the second best power play unit in the conference witha 20.3 conversion rate, going 13-for-64. The Gusties are 7-1-2 when scoring a goal on the man advantage, and are 1-7-1 when coming up empty.

Gustavus Notables

  • First-year forward Caleb Anderson (Fy., Sioux Falls, S.D.) leads the MIAC in freshman scoring and is tied for the team-lead with 12 points (4g-8a).
    • Anderson leads the MIAC with two shorthanded goals. The Gusties scored one shorthanded goal all of last season.
  • Colin Hernon (Sr., Bloomington, Minn.) is riding a four-game point streak with six points (3g-3a) and is the team’s leading scorer with 15 points (6g-9a) in 18 games.
  • After two consecutive series sweeps over Hamline and Bethel, the Gusties surpassed their win total from the 2016-17 season.
  • 17 different Gusties have found their way into the goal-scoring column this season.
  • The Gusties have outscored their opponents 28-17 in the second period.
  • Gustavus received one vote in the latest USCHO.com national poll.
 

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