Series Preview: The Last WCHA Home Game - UNO

Well Bulldog fans, this is it.  This is the last home series the University of Minnesota Duluth will play as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.  Bitter Sweet, ain't it?  :)

I would highly recommend attending this series.  I mean, if you don't go to the last home series of the year, the regret you'll feel all summer will eat at you slowly when you miss UMD sweeping UNO...

Did I say that!?

(Photo: Dave Harwig)

Wait, who's playing?

After a disappointing weekend being swept at home against Wisconsin, the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks will be looking to lock in the points they missed out on last weekend.  UNO is still fighting for a top place in the WCHA before the move to the NCHC, much like UMD will be.

The Red-Maverick offensive is led by Hobey Baker canidate Ryan Walters with 49 points on 21 goals. Sophomore Pittsburgh prospect Josh Archibald sits in second in scoring with 33 points, followed by Matt White and Dominic Zombo with 31.

Senior goaltender John Faulkner has played in 21 games this season, allowing 3.20 goals per game and stopping 88.5% of the shots he's faced.  Faulkner has had help from Sophomore defenseman Andrej Sustr and senior d-man Bryce Aneloski, both of whom have had much offensive production as well.

Scoring Leaders:

Pos.
(GP) G-A-Pts.
Pts/G
Ryan Walters
F
(34) 21-28-49
1.44
Josh Archibald (PIT)
F
(34) 18-15-33
0.97
Matt White
F
(32) 15-16-31
0.97
Andrej Sustr
D
(34) 8-14-22
0.65
Bryce Aneloski (OTT)
D
(33) 5-15-20
0.61
Pos.
(GP) GAA/SV%
Mins.
John Faulkner
G
(25) 2.99/.888
1365


Well, The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs had a successful weekend last weekend, sweeping the Alabama Huntsville Chargers 4-2 and 4-0.  It was the Bulldog's 3rd sweep on the year and two much needed wins, especially with the post-season coming up very quickly.

Freshman Toronto prospect Tony Cameranesi leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 30 points on 16 goals.  Senior Mike Seidel and freshman Austin Farley both have 14 goals and 28 points and have proven to be very effective when a goal is needed.

Freshman Matt McNeely has played in 23 games, stopping 90.1% of shots and allowing 2.67 goals per game.  But don't be surprised if junior Aaron Crandall starts a night between the posts as Aaron earned a shutout in Saturday's 4-0 victory.

Scoring Leaders:

Pos.
(GP) G-A-Pts.
Pts/G
Tony Cameranesi (TOR)
F
(34) 14-16-30
0.88
Austin Farley
F
(32) 14-14-28
0.88
Mike Seidel
F
(34) 14-14-28
0.82
Wade Bergman
D
(33) 3-13-26
0.79
Andy Welinski (ANA)
D
(34) 3-12-25
0.74
Pos.
(GP) GAA/SV%
Mins.
Matt McNeely
G
(23) 2.67/.901
1371


Let's Compare:

Bulldogs
Mavericks
12-17-5
…Overall…
18-14-2
8-13-5
WCHA
14-10-2
7-8-1
Home
9-8-1
5-7-4
Away
8-5-1
2.53
Avg. Offense
3.44
2.88
Avg. Defense
2.88
16.1
PIM/G
13.9
21.5%
Power Play
19.3%
82.0%
Penalty Kill
80.1%
33.8
Shots/G
31.6


Past Meetings:


Last Four Games:

Total
Average
Power Play
7/20
35.0%
Penalty Kill
16/17
94.1%
Shots
155
38.75
Goals
13
3.25
Goals Against
9
2.25
  • Austin Farley leads the team with 7 points (4 power play goals)
  • Cal Decowski has 4 assists, 3 of them on power play
  • Jake Henderickson has won 39 of 67 faceoffs (58.2%)

(Photo: Dave Harwig)

The Verdict:

This isn't going to be a simple walk in the park for the Bulldogs.  Nebraska Omaha is currently in a very close race between having to depart from Omaha for the first playoff series or stay at home.  If the standings finished where they are now, UNO would host Denver, who's only one point behind UNO with 29.  So the red mavs will be looking for not only an outlet for revenge after what happen to them last weekend, but the four points they missed out on as well.

The Dogs will be ready to play, though.  After last weekend, look for the Pups to carry a little bit of momentum into this series.  Confidence should be raised and the Dogs have been playing very well over the last few series.

If the momentum is there along with the quality shots and outstanding special teams, this series will be much better than Bulldog fans have gotten used to this past year.  The Bulldogs should come flying out of the gate, right from the beginning and give fans 120 minutes of spectacular hockey in the last home series of the year.

Enjoy.

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