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Indiana Looks to End Regular Season Strong
The last time the Hoosiers beat Holy Cross was January 15th, 2011. The only other time that Indiana beat the Saints before that was February 13th, 2010. That win nearly 5 years would propel the Hoosiers to the first, and only, ever ranking since moving to Division 3.
The 2014-2015 Hoosiers hope for a similar result.
Having recieved votes in the last regional rankings, IU knew this home stretch would require some strong hockey to make the jump into the Top 15.
They picked up a big win over #13 IPFW, and took a strong #14 Michigan team to back to back OT's. With those games on their resume, a win over Holy Cross should surely send Indiana into the Top 15.
A win over the Saints won't come easy.
Holy Cross is coming off of a win over Adrian Gold 5-2 just two weeks ago. Adrian Gold has won the national championship three years in a row.
The Saints also swept Northwood last weekend to improve to 15-11 on the season. They will surely be coming out full force this weekend, as they are trying to make a late push into the Top 10 to qualify for regionals.
This is the last weekend of regular season play in the ACHA before the final rankings come out for regionals, so both of these times will be on high alert trying to make a final impression on the voting committee.
After Friday and Saturday's contests against Holy Cross, Indiana will go up against Notre Dame at Compton Family Ice Arena to finish the regular season.
The Hoosiers and Fighting Irish faced-off last year as well, with a close game being blown open late by Notre Dame to take a 6-1 win.
Notre Dame is a D2 opponent, and will be Indiana's 5th D2 opponent of the season.
Indiana has yet to beat a D2 opponent this year, but came close in December losing to Illinois in OT.
Beating Notre Dame will be no easy task either. The Fighting Irish come into this matchup fresh off beating IPFW at home last Saturday 5-1.
The Hoosiers have surely saved the best for last playing their toughest competition of the year in the final week of the regular season, but they believe they are up to the challenge and are ready to pick up a few wins this weekend.
What to Watch For
The Hoosiers are now 10-10-4 after a couple of heartbreaking OT losses to a tough Michigan team last week. The Hoosiers have been scoring at a rampent pace as of late, putting up an average of nearly 5 goals a game over their last three contests. They'll need to sustain that offense if they want to keep up with Holy Cross and Notre Dame.
Holy Cross Saints
Holy Cross comes into this weekend currently ranked #11 in the North with a 15-11 record. They are led by their two leading scorers #28 Bradley Kolcz with 63 points and #10 Zach Bourcier with 62. Those two have the most combined points between two players on a single team in the country. They are both currently the #2 and #3 individual leading scorers in the nation as well. The Saints have also been very strong on the PK this season, with a PK% of 86.51.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame is currently at 8-6-3 on the season. Strangely enough, the Fighting Irish have scored exactly 56 goals this season, while allowing exactly 56. Those numbers give them a goals for and against average of 3.7. The starting netminder for the Irish is Justin Dancu, who has a 3.49GAA this season. Before playing the Hoosiers, Notre Dame will play a series against Loyola University.
Holy Cross leads the all-time series over Indiana 8-2.
Indiana 4 Holy Cross 8 2/12/10
Indiana 3 Holy Cross 2 2/13/10
Indiana 6 Holy Cross 11 10/15/10
Indiana 3 Holy Cross 11 10/16/10
Indiana 4 Holy Cross 9 1/14/11
Indiana 7 Holy Cross 6 1/15/11
Indiana 5 Holy Cross 7 1/14/12
Indiana 2 Holy Cross 5 1/11/12
Indiana 1 Holy Cross 2 1/12/12
Indiana 1 Holy Cross 10 1/24/14
Indiana 3 Holy Cross 6 1/25/14
Notre Dame leads the all-time series over Indiana 1-0.
Indiana 1 Notre Dame 6 1/26/14
2010 - present
2010 - present