|Gavin Bayreuther (photo by Tara Freeman/SLU)|
The Saint Lawrence defense has been outstanding in its last seven games. Over that span they given up 1.28 goals per game with two shutouts. Overall for the season they are giving up 2.50 goals per game but the last seven games will be more of a reflection on the Saint Lawrence defense the Bobcats will see. This defense brings it lunch pail to the rink every night. They consistently get double figures in shot blocks in every game except one this season. They are averaging over 14 blocked shots per game which is outstanding and had a season high of 20 blocked shots against Union in a 2-2 tie. Bayreuther, Eric Sweetman and Ben Masella are the senior leaders back there and all play a huge role in the success of the Saints defense. Freshman Ben Finklestein is the lone draft pick on roster already has seven points (1 goal and 6 assists) while junior Nolan Gluchowski has nine points (1 goal and 8 assists). They are solid on the penalty kill at 84.8% (78-of-92) so they will make it tough for the Bobcats to score on the power play.
|Kyle Hayton (photo by Tara Freeman/SLU)|
The Bobcats need to really fore-check well in this game to put the Saints back on their heels and to create turnovers in the neutral zone and odd man rushes where the shot blocking ability of the Saints can be neutralized. Quinnipiac needs to a do a good job on its defense closing off passing lanes and blocking shots along with staying out of the penalty box. This is an important game for both teams as this game could determine who wins the ECAC regular season even with the majority of the league schedule still to play.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.