Yellowjackets open postseason against rival St. Scholastica

Emily John­son

The UW-Superior men’s hockey team will travel across the bridge to play St. Scholas­tica on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day night in the first round of the NCHA play­offs. This marks the Jack­ets and Saints fourth meet­ing this sea­son. The Yel­low­jack­ets lead the sea­son series by a 2–1 advantage.

We’re feel­ing good,” says junior for­ward Pat Dal­bec. “We like the matchup with Scholas­tica and we have seen suc­cess against them this year”.

Dal­bec is the team’s lead­ing scorer with 15 goals and 12 assists for a total of 27 points. He says hard work has led to their suc­cess this season.

The play­off for­mat is a best-of-three with a small twist. Instead of play­ing three full games, if the teams each have one win after two games, a 20 minute mini-game imme­di­ately fol­lows Sat­ur­day night’s con­test. The Yel­low­jack­ets lost to UW-Stevens Point in the mini-game last year. That makes win­ning the first two games much more impor­tant says Dalbec.

It’s very impor­tant. Being that the mini game is only a 20 minute game it allows for any­thing to happen.”

UWS defeated Scholas­tica at home in the 2010-11 NCHA playoffs.

Dal­bec is con­fi­dent the Yel­low­jack­ets will pre­vail this week­end in the post­sea­son contest.

If we come out Fri­day and give a good effort for 60 min­utes, I’m con­fi­dent we’ll come out on top,” says Dalbec.

The games are set for a 7:05 PM puck drop Fri­day and Sat­ur­day at Mars Lake­view Arena in Duluth.

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