The key to beating the Bulldog team this weekend may very well be to stop three players from scoring. If the Seawolves can focus their defensive efforts and disallow Fontaine and the Connolly's from finding the back of the net then they should find themselves with the points needed to secure 8th place for the season.
Awareness of their presence on the ice is a must. They must be shutdown. As they go so goes UMD. In simplest terms, those three players are all nearly Kevin Clark type threats. They can make plays and they can score goals.
The first way to limit their chances is to limit the number of times they're on the ice for power plays. Damn near half of their goals have come on the power play (23 of 48 total). It sure seems like no matter what the Seawolves do on the ice that they're going to get tagged with a penalty or two. So even while trying to limit their opportunities, the Bulldogs are going to get some power play chances. That means the Seawolves PK needs to be as excellent as it can possibly be.
Keep the game 5 on 5. And when it isn't; play your asses off. That's about it. I don't know what else important there is to say.
Going down the rosters and stats, I like the way the Seawolves matchup. Physicality, speed and talent is essentially a push once you remove the three players listed above from the equation.
So backchecking is going to be a huge key. Seawolves forwards and defensemen cannot miss their assignments in their own zone this weekend. One missed coverage could easily equal one goal. The Bulldogs are and will be opportunistic.
Playing two "Saturday" games is important. Failure to muster the effort that we've so often only seen on Saturday nights will mean bad news for UAA. Is this where I revert to the "most important series of the year" meme? Because it is. The difference between losing and winning this weekend is the difference between 8th and 9th place. That couldn't be any clearer.
So I'll not muck up this space with a lot of other BS. Stopping #22, #12 and #37 plus playing two "Saturday" games equals 8th place. Not doing so equals 9th place.