Tetons vs UM Crookston Hockey Pre-Game Primer
Teton Hockey continues their home stand tonight at the Raymond Center in Williston as they play host to University of Minnesota Crookston.
Tonight will be the first of back to back games against UMC, with the second being a Saturday matinee.
Here is what you need to know heading in to the game.
Tetons enter tonight's action with a 8-15 record on the season and with two straight wins against the University of Montana snapping a five game losing streak. A two game sweep at home against the eagles would place Williston State amongst the top half of teams in the ACHA
A couple of dynamic playmakers for the Tetons have a tall task ahead of them against the Eagles. Cody Barnes currently leads the team in points with 40 overall (20 goals and 20 assists). Barns recently had a hat trick for the Tetons last week at home against the Griz. Right behind Barnes is Alexander Bailey with 33 points (7 goals and 26 assists).
Currently the Tetons are a -18 in goal differential scoring 95 goals on the season while allowing 113.
Another top 15 team in the nation comes to town with UM Crookston entering the game most recently ranked 14th with a record of 18-4 on the season.
The Eagles are led by Logan Syrup's 51 points on the season (24 goals 27 assists) as well as three other players who have scored at least 30 points on the season.
Between the Pipes for Williston State, Freddy Peters has been putting on a show at goal tender, making multiple highlight quality saves every game and giving his squad the best chance possible to come away with the win.
Three things to watch for:
1. Matching Intensity: The last several games for Williston State, their opponents have dictated the pace and physicality of play for the majority of the first period. The Tetons have managed to play bend but don't break hockey until they can get their skates under them and crank things up out on the ice.
2. Penalties: The Tetons are boasting an impressive 70% Penalty Kill squad out on the ice which has turned into huge momentum swings on the ice. A number that Williston State has lacked in this season is their Power Play Goal percentage which is hovering just below 30%, but has been boosted that last couple of games.
3. Defensive Zone Turnovers: In the first game against Montana, Williston State gave the puck away in their own zone a multitude of times, which resulted into a skyrocketing shot on goal tally. As the old adage goes "Hurry, don't Rush" and that's exactly the case for the Tetons when they were able to still play fast but keep things in control good things happen.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM at the Raymond center in Williston on Friday and 2:00 PM on Saturday.
Both games can be heard on 660 KEYZ News Radio, on KEYZRadio.com, or the new KEYZ Radio app for Android and IOS.