It’s not often that non-conference teams meet twice during the regular season.
But for the second time in five weeks, Union will be taking on 20th-ranked Merrimack. The only difference this time is the game’s location: Instead of playing in North Andover, Mass., where the Dutchmen earned a 4-0 win, the teams will face off in the opening round of the 27th annual Ledyard Classic at 4 p.m. at Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H.
In the Nov. 28 win, the Dutchmen got goals from defensemen Noah Henry and Nick DeSimone midway through the first period to set the tone. Goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos made 23 saves to earn the shutout against the Warriors, who were ranked 13th at the time.
Here are some things to look for this weekend.
STREAKING DUTCHMEN: Union (7-6-4) is unbeaten in its last five games, going 4-0-1.
SERIES RECORD: Merrimack (7-5-5) leads the all-time Division I-era series 9-6-2. However, the Dutchmen have dominated recently, going 4-1-2 in the last seven meetings.
FOO FIGHTER: Dutchmen sophomore right winger Spencer Foo, who leads the team in scoring with eight goals and seven assists, is on a five-game point scoring streak that began with an assist in the Merrimack game. Foo has four goals and six assists during his streak.
SUNDAY’S OPPONENT: The Ledyard Classic has predetermined matchups. Union will take on Robert Morris at 4 p.m. Sunday. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.