Eau Claire (WQOW) -- First place in NCHA men' s hockey will be on the line Friday night at Hobbs Ice Center, when UW-Eau Claire hosts two-time defending Division III national champion St. Norbert.
The Blugolds are ranked 6th and 7th in the two Division III polls, with the Green Knights ranked second, even though UWEC was able to get a win and a tie earlier this season at St. Norbert.
Still, the Blugolds think of themselves as underdogs in this matchup.
"Historically, they've done a lot of good," says UWEC head coach Matt Loen, "our program has been around for awhile but we've built it up to where we want it to be now. Now we just need to get to the next level. Are we as good as St. Norbert? Yes. But now we have to go onto the ice and show it."
"We know inside of our locker room what we can bring to the table every night," says UWEC senior forward Andrew McCabe, "that's kind of what we need to focus on, our hard work and relying our systems and our personnel to have a lot of success."
The Blugolds and Green Knights drop the puck Friday at 7:00 P.M.
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