Denver is 15-2 with wins over Air Force, Notre Dame, and UNC. They have lost to Duke, and Penn.
Denver is on a 12 game win streak.
There have been some questions about the level of competition the Pioneers have faced. Any questions should have been answered by their play against UNC in which everyone looked to be playing in synch. Seven different players scored for Denver, and on the other end of the field, they held UNC to only 28 shots with Sankey, Foster and Bitter only combining for 3 goals.
Drexel is 13-4 with wis over Albany, Hofstra, and Penn. They have lost to UVA, Villanova, Bryant, and Hofstra.
Drexel is on a 9 game win streak themselves including winning the CAA Automatic qualifier with gritty OT wins over Towson, and Hofstra.
Drexel’s FO man Nick Saputo was the leader in the Dragon’s win over Penn. Ranked #5 in the nation at FO wins coming into the game, he improved upon that winning 70% against Penn, and scoring a hat-trick. Watch how Saputo just destroys Penn’s will.
Saputo unleashes on Penn
Denver has been at 47% on the year at Face Offs. Facing a player like Saputo who is a good FO man to begin with and the added confidence in his shooting, could pose a threat to Denver.
Look for Denver to come out an play patient. Their defense is much better than Penn and should prove difficult for Drexel to find openings. Denver’s offense is VERY good, and while methodical, should be able to find the holes in Drexels defense.
Drexel will contend, especially with FO wins, and hustle, and grit…but they will not have enough gas in the tank to come back, and Denver should take this one cleanly.