Finally, finally finally, everyone is in the game as the NESCAC and ECAC East begin play. Some intriguing matchups are on the docket:
Middlebury at Conn College – The first time in four seasons that the Panthers don’t start the season as the defending champs, but look at the poll – they’re Number One right now. Conn College often gives the Panthers a good game.
Neumann at Manhattanville and Utica – It’s early, but the Knights need to pick up some points after one-goal losses to Elmira and Hobart. They’ve had almost two weeks to rest and prepare.
Adrian at Finlandia – Matt Webb does a nice job in his column describing the first ever “Mackinaw Bridge Cup” games. Adrian has ramped up quickly and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the reigning league champs.
St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point – The Pointers are an improved squad and this will be a good test for them.
Augsburg vs. St. Olaf – Will the streak end this weekend? They teams play twice and have tied eight consecutive times. I think I calculated in this blog last season that the odds of that happening were approximately the same as the sun blowing up tomorrow.
Hobart at Oswego – Are the 6-0 Statesmen for real? We’ll find out.
UW-River Falls at UW-Superior – May just be the best game of the weekend. Always a battle.
Plattsburgh at Elmira – Ditto.
Get to a game if you can!