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Arizona hockey set to face Oregon and San Diego State in home stretch this week

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Jay Corella
Goalie Niklas Seppänen of the Arizona hockey team leads the team onto the ice as the second period begins during their game in the Tucson Convention Center on Nov. 3. Seppänen would hold his own through the second period, allowing no goals.

The Arizona hockey team (8-12) returns to Tucson this week for an extended home stretch, facing the University of Oregon (7-9) on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. and San Diego State University (5-12) on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. This marks the Wildcats’ first series back at home after the break, following their recent away games against Maryville University, where they suffered losses in both matches. Despite the setbacks, the Wildcats aim to capitalize on the home atmosphere at the Tucson Convention Center, looking to get back into the win column.

Keys to success:

The Wildcats have faced challenges this season, scoring only two goals in their recent series in Missouri. In contrast, Oregon demonstrated impressive offensive prowess in their last series against the University of Washington, scoring a total of 10 goals. SDSU, while falling short of the Wildcats, managed to score just a single goal in their previous outing against the University of Utah. The Wildcats maintain an average of nearly three goals per game, with an exact average of 2.8. Conversely, the Ducks exhibit efficiency by finding the net 3.3125 times per game, while SDSU falls behind with an average of 2.29 goals.

In their wins this season, the Wildcats typically score around 4.75 goals, securing victories with an average margin of 2.375 goals. This emphasizes the importance of a potent offense in their wins. Comparatively, the Ducks and Aztecs score 5.57 and 5.4 goals per winning game, respectively. While the Ducks showcase a productive offense consistently, the Aztecs demonstrate proficiency when scoring more goals. Strengthening the defense becomes a crucial focus for the Wildcats to ensure victory.

Players to watch:

Among notable performances by Jesse Lowell, Tyler Shetland and Sam Myers. Jack Kurrle, a forward for the Wildcats, stood out in the recent series against Maryville. Despite limited offensive opportunities, Kurrle scored his first goal for the Wildcats in the second meeting with Maryville, showcasing early promise as a valuable offensive player for the team.

Looking ahead:

Following the home stretch, the Wildcats will have faced five consecutive away games against GCU, Maryvill and Missouri State University. The 2023-2024 season concludes with a home series against ASU, which is expected to be a competitive matchup where the Wildcats will aim for a dominant finish.


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