A pair of players who are in the lineup on Saturday will be on the field against the St. Louis Blues.
That means it’s going to be another tough test for the Stampeders’ defensive unit.
The Copper Cup, the league’s annual tournament for top college and professional teams, is set for Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
In the Copper, the defending champion St. John’s IceCaps (5-1-0) and a host of other teams play a two-game series to decide which team earns a berth in the Frozen Four.
The Stampedals have won their last two games against the Blues (2-0-0).
On Saturday, they’re going to need to play a game of hockey against a team who has won six of the last seven meetings in the Copper.
“We want to play good hockey, play physical hockey and that’s what they do,” defenseman Josh Janssen said.
In the last two meetings, the IceCappers outshot St. Joseph’s 14-7 and out-shot the Saints 24-12.
Janssen, a sophomore, has scored four goals in his last four games.
The sophomore, who has been playing with an upper body injury, has three goals and five assists.
Forward Connor MacLeod is also making his first start since returning from injury in a 5-2 loss to the Boston University Eagles on Oct. 16.
MacLeod had a goal and two assists in that contest.
It’s the third time in five games that MacLeod has played a game for the Icecaps.
The other two games have been in the past five days.
St. Louis will likely have to rely on its third line, which has a combined minus-5 rating.
If the Icecaps can score more goals than St. Johns, the game will likely be decided in a shootout.
But St. Martin’s (2) has won four of the past six games against St. Mary’s.
When the teams last met, the Saints won 4-1 on Oct