The one aspect that jumped out at me, comparing both teams, was how much more experience Lindenwood puts on the ice than ISU can:
Lindenwood -- 5 seniors and 6 juniorsBoth teams field two senior net minders:From what I've observed, the Lions play a very physical brand of hockey. Should the Cyclones absorb the punishment in good shape, they should be very competitive against the Lions. Goalie play is also a strength for the Lions as I have observed, so putting intense pressure with lots of shot attempts on the opponent's net is imperative. The Lions are ranked #1 for good reason; keeping them on the defensive as much as possible gives the Cyclones their best chances to win.
ISU -- 5 seniors and 2 juniors
BTW, Lindenwood University is a NAIA school located in St. Charles, MO.