Monday, November 16, 2009

Great Recovery

A measure of a good team is how they respond to adversity. The University of Minnesota – Duluth Bulldogs took that step to being a top tier team in the WCHA.

Friday’s game was a demoralizing defeat by MTU where the Bulldogs greatly outshot the patient and plodding Michigan Tech Huskies and received defeat from a couple of breakdowns and unfortunate plays. But that is the way Tech works and its UMD’s job to put it out of reach using their offensive prowess. The offense did show up Saturday and used all facets to score 8 goals led by Justin Fontaine’s 4 goals and 1 assist.

Now to take the next step for UMD to become an experienced team that is also a contender, they must become consistent so games like Friday don’t happen. So teams that are at the bottom of the league are not stealing points, especially at the DECC, from the Bulldogs. Lesson learned? We’ll see in Minneapolis next weekend.

Beavers and Gophers. A night after Minnesota handed BSU their first loss, Bemidji returned the favor stinging the Gophers 6-2 Sunday. The integration of BSU in to the WCHA maybe a smooth one the way they are playing this season.

Rankings. As of this column, the Bulldogs fell two spots in the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings to #16. Undoubtedly that is a result of the loss to Tech on Friday night.

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