Day 2 NSCC. Focus on that because the game today at the Xcel Energy Center was dreadful. It is not usual to be writing before letting the weekend play out, but it is a new opponent tomorrow and we are getting to the point where each game is the next shovelful in the hole that is being dug by the Bulldogs.
PWR is the focus of the comments after a lackluster UMD performance where they were shutout by the Beavers of BSU 4-0. The numbers now show that the NCHC would have five of their eight member schools in the NCAA Tournament. That is not going to happen.
The result is that teams that want to stay in contention need to win. Duh, right? But that is a huge struggle right now for UMD let alone scoring a goal. The confidence is gone and it shows in the play on the ice. It is amazing and startling to see the Bulldogs play today compared to the Bulldogs of November/December…unrecognizable.
Most telling of all is the lackluster power play. Against BSU, the Bulldogs had 12:07 of power play of which 0:33 was 5x3. During the power plays, UMD amassed no goals and only six shots. Good puck movement at times, but the shots and goals are just not coming.
I don’t know what it will take to stop the tailspin, but it has to happen soon as we approach February. And judging from the UMTC versus MSUM game going on right now, the level of opponent play tomorrow in the consolation game will not let up.