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Hoosiers and Boilermarkers Meet for First Ever ICHC Regular Season Matchup
The rivalry between Indiana and Purdue began on March 2, 1901, when the two schools met for the first time in a basketball game that resulted in a 20-15 Purdue victory in West Lafayette. In the 113 years that have followed, the two universities have met on the hardwood 201 times, and in numerous big games including the 1979 NIT Championship, and the 1980 NCAA Sweet 16.
Because of the rivalry on the court, the IU-Purdue rivalry has become known as one of the strongest and most followed rivalries in college sports. Some publications have even listed it as a Top 10 rivalry of all time.
While the rivarly started on the court, it has expanded across all over the school's athletics programs, and hockey is no different.
Indiana and Purdue have been meeting on the ice for over two decades. At the Division 3 level, the two programs have met six times, with both teams picking up 3 wins.
Last year, the Boilermarkers traveled to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers, a weekend series that resulted in a split for both teams.
This season, the two teams have already met at the ICHC Showcase. To no one's surprise, it was a hard hitting close game from start to finish. Purdue scored two early in that contest to take a 2-0 lead, but IU came back to knot the game at 2 before the end of the first period. Shortly into the second Purdue scored again to take a 3-2 lead, and that would prove to be all they needed.
This time around the two teams face-off in regular season play, and the stakes are going to be as high as ever. Purdue will be playing in their first two regular season ICHC games, while the Hoosiers enter this contest already at 2-0.
The Hoosiers are going to be looking to stay undefeated in conference play, while the Boilermarkers are going to be looking to get off to a fast start.
Bob Knight won't be there to throw any chairs on the ice, and Isiah Thomas won't be dishing out any "sucker punches", but there will surely be a few big hits and words shared on the ice to make up for it.
What to Watch For
The Hoosiers had no games last weekend, and should be fresh heading into a stretch of 4 weekends straight of hockey. Coming off a poor performance at the ICHC Showcase, the Hoosiers have had enough time to put the showcase behind them, and look forward to the rest of the season. If IU wants to pick up a pair of wins this weekend, they'll need to get the offense rejuvenated. IU scored 8 goals against Ball State on 10/3, but have only had a total of 8 goals in their last three games. This team has a scoring touch, but will need to find it once again to bury the Boilermarkers.
Purdue enters this weekend's matchup at a record of 5-6. Last weekend the Boilermarkers faced off against the University of Michigan in a pair of games that were split. Purdue enters this contest winning 3 of their last 4, and will look to carry that momentum over into this weekend's contests. The leading scorer for the Boilermarkers currently is #17 John VanVilet, who has 15 points.
The all-time series between Indiana and Purdue is tied 3-3.
1/29/11 - Indiana 4 Purdue 13
11/9/12 - Indiana 3 Purdue 2
11/10/12 - Indiana 6 Purdue 2
10/11/13 - Indiana 1 Purdue 4
10/12/13 - Indiana 5 Purdue 4
10/12/14 - Indiana 2 Purdue 3
2010 - present
2010 - present