Let’s get right to the Big Board, as there’s just one game on tonight!
High Point made it a 7-5 game entering the fourth quarter, but Duke used a 3-0 final frame to run past the Panthers to earn their first win of the regular season. Justin Guterding recorded a hat-trick and one assist for the Blue Devils, while freshmen Joey Manown (2 Gs, 2 As) and Kevin Quigley (2 Gs, 1 A) recorded a pair of goals as well. Kyle Rowe scooped up 12 ground balls, and helped the Blue Devils go 14-of-19 from the face-off X. Thanks to Rowe, Duke doubled up on High Point in the ground ball department, 32-16.
For the Panthers, Michael Leclair and Sean Harrison each recorded a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Goaltender Tim Troutner made 11 stops on the night. High Point had 26 shots the entire night, compared to Duke’s 21 shots on goal and 40 overall.
The biggest development from the game came at the start of the second quarter, when head coach John Danowski decided to pull starting goaltender Danny Fowler in favor of redshirt freshman Turner Uppgren. Fowler made five saves and gave up four goals in the first half, while Uppgren made one save and gave up just a goal.
Fowler recently underwent surgery prior to the start of the season, which was why the move to Uppgren was made. We’ll see if Fowler gets some rest on Sunday, as the Blue Devils host Cleveland State. After Cleveland State comes Denver, which has become a difficult game for the Blue Devils to win in recent years, with their last win coming back in the 2014 National Semifinals. My guess is maybe Fowler sits this one out or plays in the first half as well.
I’d like to see Manown at attack over Sean Lowrie. Lowrie notched an assist in the win tonight, while Manown has four goals and two assists so far in his collegiate career. He’s been out there for Duke’s man-up unit, but I think he can take a bigger role in the Duke offense fairly soon.
Meanwhile for the Panthers, it’s just trying to get better as a team overall. There are a number of players that Jon Torpey will need to find where they belong. High Point returns to action on Tuesday against a Georgetown team that really underachieved last year after having very high expectations.
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