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Icecats to continue bid for undefeated home season

By Chris Suffecool

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Northern State Wolves come to TCC for 2 games

The Icecats have been on a roll lately, winning their last six games by a combined score of 50-9.

This weekend's opponent, Northern State University (2-3 overall), will try to end UA's winning streak tomorrow and Saturday night at the Tucson Convention Center. Both games will start at 7:30.

The No. 6 Icecats (7-1) will try to continue the success they've been having by beating the Wolves this weekend, though NSU remains a bit of a mystery to UA players.

"I know they're from one of the Dakotas," senior forward Paul Dorn said. "Which one, I don't know - North or South."

The Northern State University Wolves are from South Dakota.

Dorn said he is more concerned with the play of his team than NSU.

"I think we've progressed really well so far," said Dorn. "I feel the lines are all getting used to each other."

Junior defender Tom Wood has some concerns about the team and said that the Icecats should be playing with more intensity this early in the season.

"I think we need to get a little bit more focused," said Wood. "We have to be prepared for anybody, no matter what."

The American Collegiate Hockey Association has seemingly penalized UA for a light early-season schedule, dropping the Icecats from fourth to sixth in the ACHA rankings.

Senior forward Ed Carfora said that unranked ACHA teams have become more competitive in recent years and have become more of a challenge to the league's ranked teams, including UA.

"We've had some tough games this season" said Carfora. "I think the league is growing and expanding and becoming a much better league than it's ever been."

Wood said that NSU should be another building block towards an undefeated home season.

"If we play up to our capability, we should definitely go undefeated at home this season," he said. "I think we can beat anybody."

Carfora said the Icecats can only get better.

"I think every day we're learning more and more about ourselves and learning what it takes to become a champion," he said.