The Pioneers will look to stay perfect in their series with the Greyhounds, as DU holds a 2-0 all-time record against Loyola (Md.). The Crimson and Gold have not allowed the Greyhounds to score more than eight goals in any of the teams’ previous two meetings.
SCOUTING LOYOLA (MD.)
The Greyhounds are one of two undefeated teams in the nation, bringing a No. 4 national ranking and an unblemished ECAC record into their match-up with the Pioneers this weekend. Loyola (Md.) ranks fourth in the country in man-up offense (0.517), ground balls per game (34.9) and caused turnovers per game (9.7). The Greyhounds are also second in the nation in scoring margin (5.0) and fifth in scoring defense (7.0) as well as assists per game (8.3). Loyola attackman Mike Sawyer is currently third in the nation in goals per game (3.3) and 10th in points per game (4.1). Despite being ranked 59th in the nation in saves per game (8.2), the Greyhounds are led in the net by goalie Jack Runkel who is sixth in the NCAA in goals against average (7.11) and ranks 14th in save percentage (0.565). The Greyhounds have not allowed more than eight goals all season and have scored in double-figures in eight of their 10 victories in 2012.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
Senior Mark Matthews leads the Pioneers with 43 points on 30 goals and 13 assists. The Tewaaraton Award nominee is on a 39-game goal scoring streak, ranking him second in the nation behind Joe Resetarits from Albany. Matthews is also on a 39-game point scoring streak that ranks him tied for fifth in the nation. Matthews ranks eighth in the nation in points per game and sixth in the nation in goals per game. The senior also ranks second in the nation among active goal scorers with 138 career goals and fourth in the nation among active point-getters with 195 career points. Senior Alex Demopoulos is second on the team with 30 points, while junior Eric Law has recorded 29 points. After tallying two assists this past weekend against Bellarmine, Demopoulos extended his point-scoring streak to 45 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. Demopoulos has scored 78 goals and recorded 70 assists during the streak. Demopoulos is tied for sixth in the nation among active assist makers with 73 career assists and is fifth in the nation among point-getters with 159 career points. Junior Chase Carraro leads the DU face-off corps with a 63.3 face-off percentage, having won 133-of-210 face-offs, ranking him seventh in the nation. Carraro also ranks 10th in the country with 5.9 ground balls per game (5.9). Denver has out-scored its opponents 127-80 through 10 games so far and holds a 209-119 advantage in points. The Pioneers are ranked third in face-off winning percentage (.616), fourth in shot percentage (.341), fifth in scoring margin (4.7) and points per game (20.9), sixth in assists per game (8.2) and seventh in the nation in scoring offense (12.7).