This Isn't Your 2018-19 Huskies
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is not the official US Postal Service motto. But fans of the Bulldogs and Huskies may need to adopt a like motto is the National Weather Service is correct about the snow and wind this weekend. Rest assured that UMD is already in Saint Cloud and will be at the games, but will they be ready...
This is the first of two regular season series between the two schools. The second will be at UMD March 6 and 7.
As stated above, this isn't the SCSU team that UMD faced in the Frozen Faceoff Final last season in an extremely well played and entertaining 3-2 double OT win for the Bulldogs. It was arguably the most entertaining game UMD played last year. The Huskies lost so much talent up front and the scoring for this year really shows the drop. But what is more surprising is the more drastic drop off in defense/goaltending. Yes, they lost defense keys, but they retained players who saw good amounts of time last year.
Maybe the bigest surprise is net. Dávid Hrenák is returning off the season where he unseated senior Jeff Smith for the top spot. This year some of his weaknesses are being exposed with fairly seasoned, but not shutdown, defensemen.
Last weekend, Saint Cloud was swept in Denver with a pair of 6-3 games.