Friday, February 2, 2018

UMD at Denver

UMD Looks to Continue Rise in NCHC Standings

UMD has made great gains in the last weeks. Going 3-1-0 against UND and SCSU helps.

UMD is currently tied for 3rd in the NCHC with North Dakota and Western Michigan. The Bulldogs can make great strides towards the top with a series at #1 (NCHC) Denver this weekend.

Last time these two teams played, it was a sweep for DU in a pair of low scoring, tight checking, one goal games. This weekend looks to be more of the same, but maybe a different outcome? Both teams are playing well and getting better as the season wears on.

UMD is at the end of a challenging stretch of games before a weekend off next. And there is not reprieve with the Olympics. DU star Troy Terry is skating for Denver this weekend before leaving for The Games next week.

Looking Forward. After this heavyweight weekend with Denver and the weekend off, the Bulldogs have series three series left. They will be home against a mediocre Miami, at a down trending Western Michigan, and at home against a pesky Omaha team.

This Weekend.

Friday, January 19, 2018

SOS for UMD As They Meet UND

Tough Grind for Bulldogs Starts with Hawks this Weekend

2018 continues on for UMD and gets important quickly. This weekend the Bulldogs host UND for a pair of NCHC games. UMD then travels to Mankato on Tuesday, January 23, to play MSUM for the back end of a home and home series that started in Duluth November 25. The following weekend the Bulldogs host Saint Cloud State for a conference series. The last games of this grind for UMD occur at Denver the following weekend, February 2-3, at Denver.

So that means UMD will play four teams in three weeks for a total of seven games. Those four teams are currently ranked in the PairWise (PWR) #10, #8, #3, and #6 respectively.

Wow, SOS!

Not Save Our Ship, not Save Our Season, not Save Our S*#t, but Strength of Schedule.

UMD has logged the one of the top three SOSs for the last few seasons now. A hallmark of UMD under Scott Sandelin is a challenging schedule and it also helps to be in arguably the top conference in the nation. Currently the NCHC has the top four SOSs and six of the top eight. UMD currently is eighth.

Quick look at UMD and their upcoming opponents PWR and SOS:

StatPack for UMD vs UND:

Friday, January 12, 2018