One third of the regular season completed, 12 games, and it is not even Thanksgiving yet. The Bulldogs embark on the second portion of their schedule continuing with NCHC play in Omaha who has only played eight games overall this season.
Take aways from the "first period" of the season:
- Slowish start in net, but Kaskisuo is now the backstop that an elite team needs. McNeely an afterthought as of now.
- On the PK too often staying securely in the top five in the nation for penalty minutes. But the SHGs are coming in with five so far.
- Dom Toninato is on fire scoring with nine goals so far. What follows that stat is good team scoring, three players with four goals and 16 players with at least one goal so far.
- Andy Welinski becoming elite defenseman and leading a very impressive defense corps. As a squad, the defense is giving Kaskisuo the support he needs to be his best.
StatPack. Great test again for UMD as they go to the surprisingly upstart Omaha squad. By the numbers:
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Picks by @afiskness. The Bulldogs have found their balance and have used that to put in a 5 game winning streak. Last weekends effort was impressive versus the Gophers. The three penalties in the Friday game played a huge part in the Bulldogs dominance. Now of course Bulldog fans need to worry about a let down. The team play is strong this season and if the Bulldogs stay out of the box they can continue this winning streak.
Minnesota Duluth @ Nebraska Omaha: This is a great series as both goalies are on fire. The Mavericks at home get an edge, but the Bulldogs play good on the road. Split.
Western Michigan @ Miami: The Redhawks managed a nice Split in Grand Forks last weekend and have shown so far that they should be a real contender. The Broncos have had a slow start this season and it won't be easy to win in Oxford this weekend. Miami sweep.
North Dakota @ St Cloud State: North Dakota goes on the road to the play a Huskies team that appears to have bounced back after being swept at home two weeks ago. Special teams will likely be the difference in this series. Split.
Air Force @ Denver, Wisconsin @ Denver: Denver is the favorite in both games and I think Air Force has the better chance for the upset then the Badgers. Denver two wins.
Wisconsin @ Colorado College, Colorado College @ Air Force: It has been a tough season so far for the Tigers with their only wins this season coming against the Chargers. Thankfully for them this weekends matchups are in their favor. The Tigers should get two wins, but I think the Badgers find their first win of the season on Friday. Saturday night the Tigers bounce back and beat the Falcons.