Thursday, November 8, 2012

UMD Back to Work at Omaha

Saturday/Sunday Series on Tap for Bulldogs

UMD will try to get back on track after a week off when they get to work against Nebraska - Omaha.  The series is a Saturday/Sunday series as UMD looks for their first WCHA win of the season.

UMD is currently tied for 11th and last in the WCHA with Alaska - Anchorage with one point.

StatPack.  The current statistic analysis for UNO and UMD:

Images via Wikipedia: Bulldog, WCHA, Maverick
Of note:

  • UMD's defense is good, at least on paper.  It is the offense that is lagging behind.
  • The amount of penalty minutes is still putting UMD in a bad situation most nights.  maybe that isn't as dangerous this weekend looking at UNO's power play numbers.
Missing Offense.  Don't go looking on the sides of milk cartons for the offense for the Bulldogs.  It is there, but it needs to be primed again.  The first game of the season against Ohio State showed what the scorers are capable of.  Now they need to find the scoring groove again and take the pressure off the defense to be perfect.

Around the WCHA and Picks by Fiskness.
UMD is looking to get back into the winning ways as UMD is currently in a very unfamiliar spot in the standings.  This year has the appearance of parity across the league.  It is important for UMD to get some wins and stay in the hunt.  A week off should help steady the team, now the veteran defense needs to stand strong and play they way they have in the past.

WCHA Conference:
University of Minnesota Duluth at University of Nebraska Omaha: This is a good series for UMD to figure out who they are as a team.  The last few years the Bulldogs have been a good road team and they hope to continue that trend.  The Mavericks have been up and down this season so far.  I am picking a split.

University of North Dakota at St. Cloud State University:  This should be a great series with lots of hitting and probably a good bit of scoring.  If there is an advantage to one team it is for the home ice.  I will pick a split.

Denver University at Minnesota State University Mankato: The Mavericks played the Gophers well the previous week showing they might have more than expected.  Denver had a tough series at home that resulted in a split.  I think the Mavericks played up for the Gophers and there will be a let down this weekend.  Pioneers sweep.

Bemidji State University at Colorado College:  This is the Beavers first real test of the season and I think the Tigers at home will hold off Bemidji resulting in taking 3 of the 4 points.  Tigers win and tie.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities at University of Alaska Anchorage:  This is always a tough road trip for any team.  If the Gophers had be playing better I would say a sweep without hesitation, but The Seawolves seem to have enough spunk along with lack of rhythm for the Gophers will result in a 3 point Gopher weekend.  Gophers win and tie.

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