RINK NOTES: Men's Hockey returns with NCHA series against Lawrence

Photo by Sam Dunn
Photo by Sam Dunn

MEQUON, Wis. – After a month-long break, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey team returns to the rink this weekend for an NCHA series against Lawrence University. The Falcons will begin the series at home Friday night as they look to begin strong in the second half of the season.

THE BASICS
- Who: Concordia University Wisconsin (7-4-1, 4-3-1 NCHA) vs. Lawrence (4-6-1, 3-2-1 NCHA)
- Where: Ozaukee Ice Center – Mequon, Wisconsin
- When: Friday, January 6 – 7 p.m.
- Live Coverage: All home hockey games will feature live stats and video. Live links can be found visiting the CUW Men's Hockey schedule.

DIGITAL GAME PROGRAM
- A digital game program for Friday's contest can be found here. A one-page front and back program will be available at the rink for $2. Fans can also access the digital game program at the rink for free by scanning a QR code or visiting cuwfalcons.com/programs.

RINK NOTES:
- BACK FROM BREAK: The Falcons haven't played since December 3, having over a month off since their last game. CUW posted a 7-4-1 record over the first half, gaining wins in four of their last five games. Lawrence last played December 9 and defeated then No. 6 Augsburg, 5-3.

- NORTH VS. SOUTH: This weekend's series features the teams who currently sit in second place in their respective divisions in the NCHA. CUW is second in the South Division with a 4-3-1 league record. Lawrence owns a 3-2-1 league mark, good for second in the North.

- STAYING OUT OF THE BOX: Both teams have dealt with penalty issues this season, ranking in the top 15 nationally in penalty minutes per game. The Falcons are 11th, spending 21.6 minutes in the box per contest, while Lawrence is 15th at 21.2 penalty minutes per game.

- BETWEEN THE PIPES: Lawrence will almost certainly turn to freshman Evan Cline at goaltender as he ranks in the top six nationally in goals against average and save percentage. Although, senior Mattias Soderqvist did start in the Vikings win over then Augsburg their last time out. The Falcons Jack Romanuik has started nine games this season and owns a 2.98 GAA, while Chase Hollander started two of the team's past three contests before the break.