Friday, December 8, 2017

UMD Travels to Omaha

Bulldogs and Mavs Meet as Cellar Dwellers of Strong NCHC

It has been said here multiple times this fall and it will be again here. UMD is quite similar to this weekend's opponent. This time it is Omaha.

Both teams are towards the bottom looking up. UMD has a stronger defense, but not as much scoring prowess. Goaltending is a push with UMD's Shepard picking up the pace and looking in much better form.

It will be a weekend to show if wither of these teams has the push to start making a statement int he NCHC race.

How I See It. Maybe they are maroon and gold glasses, but I see a UMD sweep on the road boosting this young team.

Friday, December 1, 2017

UMD Hosts Denver

Not a Rematch, They Play Every Year in NCHC


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Photos: UMD Takes Down MSUM


Kuhlman just misses on a breakaway















Tufte buries a rebound late in the 3rd to cement the 3-1 Bulldog win

Saturday, November 25, 2017

UMD and Mankato

Front End of an Extended Home and Home Series

Current leader of the WCHA, Minnesota State Mankato, and near bottom of NCHC UMD meet this Saturday for the first of a home and home series that will conclude January 23, 2018 in Mankato.


Friday, November 17, 2017

UMD at Miami

For Bulldogs and Redhawks, Similarities Abound

UMD and Miami were picked to finish 4th and 5th, respectively, in the September 19, 2017 NCHC Preseason Poll. And here two weeks into the NCHC season, the teams are looking like a close finish between them is unavoidable.

Goaltending save percentages, goals against averages, overall records, and NCHC records are all so similar, it is difficult to differentiate the two teams on paper.

The intangibles are what makes a season charmed or cursed. As of this weekend, UMD has been short on forwards for three weeks due to injury.

And every team deals with injury, UMD is not alone. But with such a young team, the Bulldogs losing the services of players like Nick Swaney and Joey Anderson this weekend is a big blow. Add to that loss of games recently by Mikey Anderson and Avery Peterson and there is a definite glaring hole in the Bulldog lineup.

The positive? More players have stepped up and UMD has still been winning games and being competitive.

A weekend like this against a very comparable Miami team is one where a sweep for UMD would definitely send a message of the UMD resolve.

Goaltending save percentages, goals against averages, overall records, and NCHC records are all so similar, it is difficult to differentiate the two teams on paper.

The intangibles are what makes a season charmed or cursed. As of this weekend, UMD has been short on forwards for three weeks due to injury.

And every team deals with injury, UMD is not alone. But with such a young team, the Bulldogs losing the services of players like Nick Swaney and Joey Anderson this weekend is a big blow. Add to that loss of games recently by Mikey Anderson and Avery Peterson

Friday, October 27, 2017

UMD Travels East for 2nd Hockey East Opponent

Bulldogs to Maine

Our first StatPack of the season:


Friday, October 20, 2017

Merrimack Warriors come to Duluth

The Bulldogs are looking to bounce back after going winless last weekend against the Beavers from Bemidji State.  The young team is showing consistent play is something learned and might take some time to find.  The Bulldogs will need to improve in the net on defense and offense if they have hopes of earning NCAA birth this post-season.

Picks
Merrimack @ #9 Minnesota Duluth:  The ups and downs of a young team need to be leveled off.  Since it is still so early in the season I am picking a split with the Warriors.

Lake Superior State @ #1 Denver:  Denver should roll with the talent they have.  Pioneers sweep.

#13 Boston College @ #3 St Cloud State:  Two good teams from good conference with the edge to the Huskies playing at home.  My gut says split.

#RV Western Michigan vs. Michigan State (home/home):  The Broncos haven't played great since the opener and with this being a home and home I will pick a split.

#8 Minnesota Twin Cities @ #4 North Dakota:  This series gets renewed in Grand Forks this weekend.  Spirits will be high, likely a split.

Colorado College @ #17 New Hampshire:  The Tigers are improving but the Wildcats appear strong this year.  New Hampshire will sweep.

Arizona State @ #RV Nebraska Omaha:  The Mavericks will sweep the Sun Devils.

Miami @ Maine:  Interesting series with both teams trying to find themselves, split.