Icecats face off against St. Louis
Fresh off the road from a tough victory at ASU, the Icecats return to the friendly confines of the Tucson Convention Center tonight to take on the St. Louis Bilikens at 7:30.
Key in tonight's game will be Arizona's ability to stay out of the penalty box, as it spent the majority of the IceDevil game killing penalties.
"We are a better club than the 4-3 score indicates," said UA head coach Leo Golembiewski, referring to the final score of the UA-ASU game on Wednesday. "Five-on-five, they didn't score a goal against us."
St. Louis (13-13-1) may prove to be an easier foe than ASU, but the UA players are making sure not to overlook this game.
"We will go into this game like it is any other game," senior co-captain Marc Harris said. "We need to win all of these games in the next few weeks."
Leading the scoring charge for the Bilikens are linemates junior right wing Dan Chadakhtzian and sophomore left wing Daniel Gauthier. The duo have played in all 27 games together and have racked up 41 points.
But each Arizona (15-1-2) line should prove to be dangerous as well.
Harris (57 total points), junior left wing Paul Dorn (49 total points) and sophomore right wing Kyle Neary (18 total points) make Arizona's top line the most prolific in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Harris' 57 points in 18 games puts him at the top of the ACHA in total points scored.
Junior center Ed Carfora and sophomore defense man Pavel Jandura also find themselves among the ACHA leaders in scoring.
Arizona will also battle St. Louis tomorrow night at the TCC at the same time.
The series will be the last before the Icecats embark on a three game road swing.
UA travels to Tempe once again on Feb. 5 before traveling to Boulder, Colo. for a weekend series against the University of Colorado.
The Icecats swept both games against the Buffaloes this season 8-5, 7-2. Arizona has not lost in nine straight meetings against Arizona State.
"Last year, it was a lot of individual efforts as the season progressed," Harris said. "This year, it is a team effort that will help us as we prepare to go to nationals. Everyone is stepping up this year."