MEQUON, Wis. - As the 2011-12 regular season winds down, the Concordia University Wisconsin women's hockey team will travel north to face University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Friday for the first game of a two-game weekend series inside Hunt Arena.
In terms of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association standings, CUW is currently on the outside looking in at a spot in the O'Brien Cup Playoffs.
The Falcons (7-9-2, 5-7-1 NCHA) head into the weekend sitting in ninth place with 11 points, but are only one point away from being in a two-way tie with St. Norbert College for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament.
CUW went 0-1-1 in two games at home against UW-Eau Claire last weekend, despite outshooting the Blugolds in both matchups.
Seniors Hilary Christiansen (Eagan, Minn.) and Alyssa Isaackson (Marshall, Minn.) each contributed a goal and an assist in Saturday's 2-2 tie against Eau Claire, with Christiansen becoming the program's all-time leader in career assists.
River Falls currently sits atop the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a 15-3-2 record overall (13-2-1 NCHA), and will be looking to lock up the conference's top seed for the O'Brien Cup Playoffs.
The Falcons swept a weekend series against Marian University last weekend, outscoring the Sabres 12-5 between the two games.
River Falls is led by sophomore forward Katie Batters, who has scored a team-high 14 goals to go with eight assists so far this season.