Friday, December 11, 2015
#6 St. Cloud State @ #11 Denver: The Pioneers are a better team at home, but the Huskies have played good both on the road and at home. This will series will come down to special teams and goal tending. I like this one ending in a split.
#4 North Dakota @ #17 Minnesota Duluth: If the Bulldogs can keep the scoring going and not get frustrated resulting in making mental errors they can beat anybody. However, the Fighting Hawks are to good to get swept, so it will be a split.
Colorado College @ Western Michigan: The Tigers are on a tear after losing the first 13 games of the season and now going to Kalamazoo to face the Broncos who have lost eight in a row. The momentum will carry the Tigers into getting a split this weekend.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The Bulldogs return to action this weekend after a weekend of rest. In their most recent Bulldog series against the Colorado College Tigers the Bulldogs did exatly what they should playing a less talented team, two shutout wins. This weekend will be much tougher playing the Broncos from Western Michigan who play style of hockey that can be difficult for UMD to handle. Hopefully the rest will have the Bulldogs playing fast paced and sticking to their game plan dictating the tempo.
Western Michigan @ #17 Minnesota Duluth: The Broncos have not been good on the road and the Bulldogs haven't been very good at home. The Bulldogs should get a sweep, but until they show me they can win two in a row at home I will pick a split.
#9 Denver @ #4 North Dakota: Both teams a playing very good hockey right now and this will a great series. Home ice favors the Fighting Hawks, but the Pioneers will earn a split.
#6 Nebraska Omaha @ #7 St Cloud State: Another great NCHC series. Both teams are hot so this series will end in a split.
#RV Miami @ Colorado College: Last weekend The Tigers picked up their first win of the season. Maybe this will provide some momentum into this weekend. Until the Tigers win a conference game I will pick against them, Redhawks sweep.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Since the inception of the NCHC, it is Western that has been the most puzzling team for UMD to solve. Their size, their trap, their slow-it-down slug-it-out style frustrate the speedy Bulldogs.
Nebraska-Omaha, arguably one of best teams in the NCHC, is a team much like UMD, fast and talented. Their only loses of the season are against the Broncos of Western Michigan. And UNO is a beefy 11-2-1 overall.
UMD needs to stay patient and not press too hard this weekend, because that is when WMU scores, when the opponent leaves an odd-man rush opportunity.
Unfortunately, UMD can't afford many more losses and this weekend will be a challenge for them.