The games of the week will be on the USCHO’s schedule rotation which is Thursday to Wednesday. I will be showcasing one game of the week that can be streamed for free (when possible) and one game that requires a paid subscription.
Mercyhurst travels from Erie, PA to Northern New York to face the Saints in a non-conference match-up. The showdown between the 9th ranked Lakers and the Saints (ranked 11th in RPI, 15th here) should give some indication of the relative strength of the CHA this year.
Mercyhurst has dominated the conference in years past, but with losing last year’s conference title game to RIT and conference losses to Penn State and Syracuse this season they’re showing some vulnerability.
The link showing on the SLU athletics page for the Mercyhurst game is from last week. Come gametime you can access the stream by clicking the video icon in the schedule in the upcoming games header at the top of SLU’s schedule page, or by clicking “video” in the schedule list further down the page.
The last time Clarkson played a ranked out of conference opponent it didn’t turn out too well with 3-1 and 5-2 losses to then #6 Boston University. Meanwhile Wisconsin has played 16 of their 24 games against opponents who were ranked at one point this season, though not all were ranked at the time. (Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, and North Dakota the first time, were, Ohio State, Bemidji State, and North Dakota the second time were not.)
Clarkson comes in riding a 5 game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) which includes a tie versus #10 Cornell (Colgate, Colgate, Union, and Rensselaer). In their last four, Wisconsin has an overtime win (Bemidji State), two regulation losses (Bemidji State and #2 Minnesota), and a shootout loss (#2 Minnesota).
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network Plus which requires a subscription. Sunday’s game will be locally televised and available online on Big Ten Network with a cable login. Links to access both can be found here. Update: I’ve also been told Sunday’s game will be on Wisconsin Public Television.