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Hoosiers and Musketeers Prepare Ready to Continue Rivalry
Very quietly, Indiana and Xavier have built a bit of a rivalry on the ice, facing off 15 times over the past 5 years since the Division 3 program's inception. However, the rivalry has been dominated by Xavier as of late, as the Musketeers have won the last 6 matchups dating back to the end of the 2011-2012 season.
The 2014-2015 Hoosiers look to change that this weekend.
Xavier travels to Indiana to face-off with the Hoosiers for a pair of games beginning Friday night in Columbus, with game 2 back in B-Town on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoosiers have been hot on home ice so far this season. After sweeping Indiana Tech last weekend, IU is off to a 4-0 start at home. Not only has IU been winning on home ice, but they've been dominating. They're a +18 in those 4 games, out scoring their opponents 26-8.
The Hoosiers aren't the only team that's hot right now. Xavier enters this matchup fresh off a big victory over Aquinas College, who, According to My Hockey Rankings, was a Top 25 team in the country before Xavier knocked them off 6-3 last weekend in Cincinnati.
Xavier enters this weekend's contest with 13 freshman on their roster, while IU touts 7, as well as several new fresh faces.
While a large majority of the players on both sides may not have participated in the previous matchups between these two schools, that surely won't affect the the intensity of this weekend's series.
Will Indiana get their revenge and end the losing skid, or well Xavier continue their historic dominance over IU?
What to Watch For
Hoosier veteran Justin Madigan was a brick wall in between the pipes last weekend vs. Indiana Tech. He picked up the start in both contests, and saved 50 of 53 shots for a 95 SV%. If Madigan gets the nod again this weekend, he'll need another big performance if IU wants to pick up a couple of wins. Only allowing 8 goals in 4 home games, it's been clear that defense has been a winning formula for Indiana. If the Hoosiers can be stout on the back end, they should be in good position to pick up a couple of wins this weekend.
Xavier lost the nation's leading scorer this past off-season, but picked up a few freshman who have done their fare share of picking up the slack. Musketeer freshman Connor Crory is currently 4th in the country in points with 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points in the team's first 13 games. Xavier is also led on the front end by Dar Faroughi, who scored 4 goals in Xavier's big win over Aquinas. The Musks will need this offensive fire power this weekend if they want to come to Indiana and leave with a few wins.
Xavier leads the all-time series 12-3.
11/6/09 - Indiana 1 Xavier 3
12/6/09 - Indiana 9 Xavier 4
11/12/10 - Indiana 4 Xavier 8
11/13/10 - Indiana 6 Xavier 8
2/11/11 - Indiana 0 Xavier 8
2/12/11 - Indiana 0 Xavier 6
10/22/11 - Indiana 3 Xavier 2
10/23/11 - Indiana 6 Xavier 5 SO
2/19/12 - Indiana 4 Xavier 8
9/28/12 - Indiana 3 Xavier 12
9/29/12 - Indiana 4 Xavier 8
10/19/12 - Indiana 4 Xavier 9
10/20/12 - Indiana 6 Xavier 12
2/17/13 - Indiana 1 Xavier 3
2/16/14 - Indiana 1 Xavier 7
2010 - present
2010 - present