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01/23/2015, 12:15pm EST
By DVCHC Women's Hockey

Second Semester Restart Couldn't Be More Epic

This late in the season, games are almost exciting by default. With the Frozen Fair Championship a mere 21 days away, this weekend's match-ups have a sizable impact on seeding & selection.

Forget all that.

Added weight aside, the 9 games on deck for week 2, semester 2 are some of the best storylines of the season.  From renewed rivalries to first time meetings, each series seems like a closer match-up than the one before.

Snow or no, the next 3 days could be the best to follow along.  Here's why:

Best comeback of the season gets a reboot...

In the last DVCHC game of 2014, the NJ Phoenix had a 6-1 lead over Columbia, 1/2 way through the 2nd.  At the end of that period it would be tied 6-6.  With 1 second left in the game, Columbia sealed the dramatic, comeback win at home & handed NJP its 1st loss.  This weekend, NJ Phoenix vs Columbia is on again.  How will THIS one go?

A rematch of equals...?

After a season astride in the standings, UPENN vs Villanova finally happened in December.  It was 6-6 with minutes to go before the Quakers put that game in the books: a 6pt effort from UPENN's Elizabeth Hitti with SIX goal scorers from Villanova. Saturday's rematch should be equally epic.  A Penn win means they could challenge 1st. A Villanova win hands Towson the #1 seed & pulls these two twins into 2nd.  This could be a Frozen Fair preview...

A first that could mean last...

This historical 1st meeting of Rutgers vs. Loyola kicks off tonight & continues Saturday.  The result could determine which team has a shot at the post-season, and which is in danger of being the one left behind.  This series has weight PLUS both squads are protecting learning curves in net (68 GA in 4 division games) AND both can score like nobody's business (31 GF in 4 division games). That triple threat could make this new match-up an instant classic.

When 1st meets 2nd the lead is on the line...

The NJ Phoenix vs Saint Joseph's game pits #1 vs #2 in their 1st meeting of the year. They've allowed the least goals in D2 and combine for 79 goals.  Between them, they have one loss in regulation & one in overtime. This one's gonna be good AND it'll see who takes (or holds) 1st place.

Time for a win...

D2's winless teams will meet for a chance to ditch that distinction in American vs IUP.  Both teams have gone through rebuilding seasons, IUP shaking off a massive graduation & American hobbled by injuries that reduced their roster to 5 at the Showcase.  This doubleheader should be a well-spirited & more equal match-up for the two to spread their wings.  It could also drag IUP out of playoff contention - Indiana needs both wins to keep those hopes alive.

A long distance 1st to make national waves...

Separated by division and 315 miles of driving, Liberty & Rowan do have a few things in common - one of which is the ACHA.  This first-time match-up will count towards the national rankings where Liberty was #6 and Rowan #10 in the last vote.  Success could mean climbing that ladder.  Rowan hasn't had trouble scoring goals but the LU crew has two of the best goaltenders in D1.  This should be a great set of games.

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