The one weekend we've all been waiting for. Each year when the schedule is released, Saints fans circle the games against Clarkson, and final, the route 11 rivalry will take center stage in the North Country this weekend. The Golden Knights will host game 1 at Cheel Arena tonight, while the Saints host game 2 tomorrow at 7 at Appleton Arena.
Clarkson is enjoying one of its best seasons in quite a while, ranked third in the country with a mark of 13-3-1. They are young, talented, healthy, and just recently captured the Friendship Four. Led in scoring by Sheldon Rempal, four of their top five scorers are underclassmen, as is Sophomore netminder Jake Kielly, who has taken a big step forward after a rocky first year.
St. Lawrence, meanwhile, is battling injuries, but expecting to get several important players back into the lineup. This will put less pressure on the forward corps to produce, and should help possession even out. This, coupled with the two weeks rest the healthy players have gotten, could help the Saints play spoiler this weekend.
They'll need to get off to good starts, and make sure they drive the net and make life difficult for Kielly, but with the amount of emotion involved in these games, there's always the chance for an upset.
Picking up a win, or two, this weekend could be huge for this team's momentum entering the second half of the season. After this series, the Saints next games will be in the Catamount Cup, so these next four games offer SLU a chance to put some big wins on the board as they start to get healthy. Then, maybe this group can really show what kind of team they are.