As we approach Thanksgiving the UMD hockey season is already one third of the way over. It is always so amazing how fast each year flies by, before you know it the Final Five is here and all the talk is Pairwise and who is going to the NCAAs. We thought it would be a good time to do a quick review of the teams play.
We know that the MacNaughton Cup or the NCAA title isn't won in October, but good play at the start of the season can make attaining either a lot easier. At this point UMD is in a good place to compete for a WCHA title and NCAA playoffs. Continued scoring and a more balanced scoring sheet should make for a good season.
The Bulldogs have played a total of 12 games of which eight have been in conference play. UMD's conference record is 4-3-1 and a non-conference record of 3-1. The nine conference points is good enough for UMD to be in the top half of the conference standings tied for third. In the national rankings UMD is ranked 20th in this weeks USCHO.com poll.
When it comes to individual scoring statistics UMD forwards are at the top of the list. Justin Fontaine and Jack Connolly are tied for first overall in scoring at 18 points, with Fontaine leading the nation in goals having tallied 11 so far. Rob Bordson is tied for second in scoring with 17 points of which his 14 assists is currently the most of any player in college hockey. Every team playing would like to have this kind of scoring on their team.
It has been a good season so far for the Bulldogs and fans hoping the rest of the season will continue to have a solid offense and a little more consistency on defense. It is a marathon and not a sprint so high level play as the season proceeds will continue to yield positive results.