Kennesaw State vs. Alabama Preview
November 20-21, 2015 | Pelham Civic Complex
Game #13: Kennesaw State vs. Alabama 8:00PM CT
Game #14: Kennesaw State vs. Alabama 7:00PM CT
After two hard-fought defeats in Ohio this last weekend, Alabama returns home this weekend to face off against the Kennesaw State Owls. Kennesaw State comes into this weekend ranked #4 in the South region of ACHA Division III. The teams have played each other very close over the years, as Kennesaw State has the 3-2 lead over Alabama all-time in the series. The last time these team faced, however, Kennesaw State beat Alabama 8-1 in Kennesaw, GA.
Kennesaw State comes into the weekend with a record of 8-1 on the season, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Arkansas’ ACHA Division III team, which is not the same team Alabama played earlier this season. The Owls have a very powerful offense, as they enter these games average just over six goals per game. Their offense is lead by their leading scorer, Larry Adegoke, who is a player Alabama has seen before. Adegoke is currently ranked 20th in ACHA D-III in points, but has only played nine games. This season, he has 18 goals and 14 assists for a total of 32 points in nine games played. The next highest scorers on Kennesaw State are Devan Bousquet with 20 points and Ryan Patel with 17 points. After those players, the team does not have another player with double-digit points. The Owls are lead by two goalies who have basically split time this season. Patrick Wensell has played in five games, has a record of 4-1, a goals against average (GAA) of 2.20, and a save percentage (SV%) of 0.938. Their other goalie is Christopher Nix, who has played in four games, has a record of 4-0, a GAA of 3.37, and a SV% of 0.899.
Coming into this weekend, the plan for Alabama should focus on a few main aspects. First, the team needs to focus on containing their top line of Adegoke, Bousquet, and Patel. If they are able to keep these three players off of the score sheet, that would help them shut down Kennesaw States powerful offense. The team also needs to focus on getting an early lead. The Tide did a great job of starting early in Ohio this last weekend, and if that trend can continue, that would be a huge step in the right direction for this Alabama offense. Against a team with a powerful offense like Kennesaw State, you do not want to go down early, especially by multiple goals. KSU’s goalies have been solid so far this season as well, so an early lead could rattled them and lead to an offensive explosion. If Alabama can start quickly, contain the top scorers of KSU, and get goaltending performances like they have been getting recently, the Tide should come out of this weekend with two very good victories.