|Sam Lafferty (photo by Brown Bears Athletics)|
Defensively Brown has not improved much if at all. They have seen their goals against slightly drop from 4.19 the last time these teams met to 4.07 which still good for 59th in the country. There has been a lot of defensive rotations that head coach Brendan Whittet has used but he has yet to find the right combination of players back there leading to the teams poor defensive play and putting more pressure on the goaltenders to carry them which hasn't worked either. Quinnipiac's offense needs to play very aggressive along with being physical and take it to the Bears much like they did to RPI a week ago. The Bobcats need to make Brown play from behind so an early goal or two would be huge considering how limited they are offensively. Getting onto the power play would be beneficial for Quinnipiac considering how poor Brown is on the penalty kill at 72.1% (93-of-129) which is last in the country. Players like Chase Priskie and Brogan Rafferty could both be big in this game on the power play.
|Charlie Corcoran (photo by Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)|
All time Quinnipiac holds a 18-7-6 advantage between the two teams. The Bobcats are looking to sweep the Bears for the second consecutive season. There is also a very good chance these teams meet back in Hamden again next weekend for the ECAC first round of the playoffs should Quinnipiac not a get a first round bye.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.