It's a big "WCHA Designated Rivalry" week for the Seawolves as they head down to Mankato to face the purple Mavericks. Of course, that really means nothing other than it's the one team that UAA faces 4 times year in and year out. It's hard to say if that familiarity has bred any dislike between the squads over the years. I have no sense of such a thing for whatever that's worth.
There could be a bit of underlying animosity this weekend as the last time the Seawolves skated at the ThisOrThat Wireless Arena they handed them a couple of regular season ending losses that were likely to leave a bit of a bad taste in their cow mouths. I'd assume they'd use that as motivation to play hard this coming weekend.
For the Seawolves this weekend has to be all about recovering lost points. It's never easy to sweep any team on in this league but when you're faced with an opponent who has 2 more points than you coming into the weekend and you're sitting in last place with a quarter of the league schedule behind you ... well it's pretty fucking crucial to get pointS. That's just the way it is.
The purple cows are scoring at an equally low rate to the Seawolves but they are giving up .75 more goals per game than UAA. But no statistics will be the difference this weekend. Effort will be. This year's edition of the Seawolves has lost more than a game or two due to less than 100 percent efforts.
This weekend is a chance for them to show that they've learned their lesson. This squad is certainly capable of going to Mankato and winning gameS. They have to believe that themselves and then go out and play with energy, focus and confidence. That will be the difference.
So yeah ... not a weekend preview extravaganza.