Most Mondays we will post what we learned from the Bulldogs exploits, NCHC action, and all other NCAA hockey games. Sometimes we will mix in other items learned to help prove points.
- The whole game does count.
Friday night saw the Bulldogs start slow with some sketchy goaltending just like the Friday before against the Gophers. Digging a 2-0 deficit at the end of one period and trailing at one point 4-1, UMD decided to come out and play. This time, unlike the previous Friday, the Bulldogs completed the comeback. But the result was the same, a loss, as MSUM scored in the extra time to take the win.
As a side note, we also learned that every second counts at the end too as the Vikings demonstrated in their last second loss in Buffalo.
- Omaha may not be the worst in the NCHC and Western Michigan is the next candidate.
The Red Mav's sweep of WMU in Kalamazoo wasn't totally unexpected, but the manner of the sweep and domination was. We tabbed Omaha and WMU in the bottom three, but gave the nod to Omaha as the bottom. We would like to amend that at this point. The lingering question is will Omaha do another Houdini and take a predicted lower team up towards the top like last season?
- Bi6 Ten looks to be the Gophers' to lose.
I get that conference play doesn't start until late November, but at this early stage Michigan looks to be the only team that may give UMTC a challenge for the title. Wisconsin and Ohio State being swept at the hands of Northern Michigan and Miami respectively indicate problems in the Bi6 conference.