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Four Questions for a long road trip

The Bulls draw a three game road trip this weekend, the only three game road swing of the season for Buffalo.

UB, ranked #16 and undefeated in ECHL play, will start the weekend with just their third conference game of the season at Mercyhurst.

Then they swing by Pittsburgh to take on Pitt and Duquesne.

Fri. Oct. 29th
@ Mercyhurst College (ECHL)
9:45 PM
Sat. Oct. 30th
@ University of Pittsburgh
9:00 PM
Sun. Oct. 31st
@ Duquesne University
2:00 PM


The Dukes will be looking to avenge an early season loss to the Bulls

1) Who does UB have to watch out for?

Mercyhurst: Shane Vorndran the Sophomore from Fort Wayne leads his team with 13 points, the next leading scorer has just over half of that

Pitt: Justin Thomas leads Pitt with 16 points (11 goals and 5 points), Brian Foster is second on the team with 11 points (1 goal, 10 assist).

Duquesne: Brock Heinauer and Chris Urso each have 22 points. Heinauer had five goals in the early season match up.

2) How good is their Goalie?

Mercyhurst: They run with three netminders, all of whom put up decent numbers

Pitt: Mike Whitney has struggled this season, giving up five goals a game with a save percentage of just 0.85

Duquesne: Casey Curtin has given up 40 goals in just nine appearances. The Dukes do a bit of in game Goalie rotation but Curtin is there just about every night at some point.

3) How are they on the Power play?

Mercyhurst: Is less than 1/10 in their past four games.

Pitt: Pitt has been thriving on their power play of late. They are just under 40% on attempts over a two week span. Justin Thomas and Michael McCurdy each have each scored five times with the man advantage this season.

Duquesne: They have had an average power play lately (23%). Chris Urso has six power play goals on the year

4) How good are they short handed?

Mercyhurst: They have only been killing off about 50% of their penalties in recent weeks.

Pittsburgh: In two of Pitt's last four games they have given up no power play goals, overall they are keeping opponents just under 25%.

Duquesne: This has been an area f weakness lately with the Dukes only stopping 70% of power plays.