Men’s Hockey: Ohio Condition to defend myself against Denver in NCAA West Regional Semifinal

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Ohio Condition junior forward John Wiitala (10) pressed lower Wisconsin newcomer forward Sean Dhooghe (24) before redshirt junior goalkeeper Sean Romeo (30) within the first period on Friday, February. 23, 2018 in the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio Condition won the sport 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher Assistant Sports Editor

After earning no. 3 seed in the western world Region, the Ohio Condition men’s hockey team will visit Fargo, North Dakota, to challenge Denver for any place within the NCAA West Regional Final.

Ohio Condition (20-10-5, 13-7-4 Big Ten) has once more seen its USCHO ranking drop following its 5-1 loss to Penn Condition within the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this time around from No. 6 lower to No. 9. Denver (22-11-5) has had the Buckeyes’ previous ranking, presently rated No. 6 in america.

Ohio Condition mind coach Steve Rohlik stated his team is familiar with from the mistakes previously Penn Condition match and it is ready with this weekend.

“Our guys know very well what we did, our insufficient what we should did against Penn Condition, and we have enough guys who’ve experienced the trenches to know how we have to get ready for a few days ago,” Rohlik stated. “It’s been a great week-and-a-half.”

Denver is rated No. 10 in the united states in win percentage with Ohio Condition trailing just behind at No. 11.

Ohio Condition senior forward John Wiitala stated our prime stakes from the tournament makes this approaching match even more demanding.

“I think we’d prefer to state that the nerves are identical, and it is yet another hockey game,” Wiitala stated. “But clearly, much like we spoken about, the desperation: everyone knows that certain game and also you lose, you’re going home.”

On defense, the Pioneers just edge the Buckeyes. Denver is presently rated No. 9 with 2.08 goals permitted per game, using the Buckeyes close behind at No. 14. Two top goalies in the united states will have: Denver sophomore goalkeeper Devin Cooley and Ohio Condition sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Nappier are tied at No. 3 in the united states having a .934 save percentage.

Nappier may be the likely starter for that Buckeyes after using the begin again redshirt senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo within the lone Big Ten tournament game, something Rohlik stated after that loss would be a decision according to Nappier’s impressive statistics around the season.

When it comes to offense, Denver lacks exactly the same aggression Ohio Condition offers. The Pioneers aren’t any. 29 with 2.82 goals per game, as the Buckeyes rank No. 17. The Denver offense is brought by junior forward Liam Finlay, that has accrued 15 goals and 20 assists to date this year, great for .92 pointe per game.

The teams haven’t met this year.

Ohio Condition senior defenseman Sasha Larocque stated the truth that they haven’t performed one another this year creates another experience compared to team has been utilized to with Big Ten play.

“I wouldn’t say it’s anymore demanding, but it’s another experience being unsure of precisely what you’re getting,” Larocque stated. “Playing a group from conference that people haven’t seen before, you do not fully realize them as well well.”

The semifinals match between No. 2 Denver with no. 3 Ohio Condition will start at 4 p.m. Friday in Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota.

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