Saturday was 60 minutes of ‘we know how this one ends’.
There was nothing out of the gate to suggest UNO was going to win on Saturday.
I said at the beginning of the season that I felt Miami would be a more competitive team. They might ultimately finish at the bottom of the NCHC, but they played fundamentally sound hockey this weekend.
Miami blocked something like 25 shots on Saturday. We only had 6 shot opportunities in the slot.
I’m with you on the “pretty goal” syndrome, Jim. Miami had a couple of pretty backdoor goals this weekend, and I think that got into our heads.
UNO is a team that has much of its success on second/third chances off of rebounds and blocked shots — scoring grimey goals down low.
Here are the current NCHC standings:
1. North Dakota — 17 points — (6 conference games)
2. Minnesota-Duluth — 13 points — (6 conference games)
3. Western Michigan — 11 points — (6 conference games)
4. Miami — 8 points — (6 conference games)
5. Colorado College — 7 points — (6 conference games)
6. Denver — 6 points — (6 conference games)
7. Nebraska-Omaha — 4 points — (4 conference games)
8. St. Cloud State — 0 points — (4 conference games)
We all know that St. Cloud probably has more talent than the record indicates. UMD looks like they’ve decided to wake up for the season. Denver is still a very competitive team.
To me, North Dakota sitting at 17 points indicates just how important it is to gain points early in the conference race. They’ve got 4 wins (plus 1 point) on UNO in the conference standings.
They’ve got to continue hammering away, and try to put together a cohesive game plan against Minnesota-Duluth in a couple of weeks.
Jon, they played WITH Wisconsin, Ohio State and Western. There are no reasons this weekend happened. Miami is none of those teams.