UMD vs Miami: We Need Points

The University of Minnesota Duluth heads east to take on Miami University in desperate need for NCHC points.

Coming out of a not so hot weekend against North Dakota, which is an understate by the way, the Bulldogs are going to be hungrier than ever for critical NCHC points.

Offensively things weren't clicking last weekend, which needs to change.  Winning faceoffs and maintaining control of the puck was a very big hole that North Dakota pointed out badly.

Now, given this UND team has been playing fairly decent, it's still no excuse to fall in both games by those scores.  So, things have to change.

Special teams need to get better.  0 for 9 last weekend.  That's simply unacceptable.

Look for some possible line changes and some hungry Bulldogs.  Losing five games in a row isn't an option for this team, but hey, it's on the road, and we like it better away from home.

Faceoff Facts:

  • The Bulldogs' strength of schedule (SOS) coming into this weekend takes a backseat to no other NCAA I club in the country.

  • The Bulldogs have compiled a 9-6-1 record (.594) away from Duluth so far this winter, compared with a 4-7-3 (.393) home record.

  • Junior center Caleb Herbert, who has picked up a goal and/or an assist in eight of the last nine outings (he had his career-high seven-game scoring streak terminated in last Friday's 3-0 loss to North Dakota), continues to top the Bulldog scoring charts with 26 points. He's currently tied for fourth among NCHC skaters in even strength goals with nine (all of his goals thus far have been scored in that situation) and for ninth in overall assists (17).
  • Going back to a 5-4 home loss to Minnesota on Oct. 15, 2011, the Bulldogs are unbeaten in the 41 games that they've struck for four or more goals (36-0-5). That includes a 7-0-1 record in 2013-14.

  • The Bulldogs have won both of their NCHC shootout to date, defeating visiting Denver 2-1 in four rounds on Jan. 18 and Colorado College 1-0 in three rounds on Feb. 8 at AMSOIL Arena.

  • The Bulldogs have drawn first blood in 12 of their 13 wins to date and are 12-3-2 overall when jumping out to a 1-0 lead (but a mere 1-10-2 when they opposition has done so).

  • UMD has rolled up the third-most first-period goals of any NCHC club (30), trailing only St. Cloud State (37) and North Dakota (31).

  • Senior goaltender Aaron Crandall, who had made 14 consecutive starts before sophomore Matt McNeely got the nod this past Saturday night, has established career-bests this season for appearances (25), starts (23) and victories (11). Crandall's career winning percentage of .555 (off a 27-21-6 record) is the third highest in program history at the moment, trailing only Rick Kosti (.753 between 1983-85) and Kenny Reiter (.657 from 2008-12).

  • UMD is 5-10-2 against nationally-ranked opponents in 2013-14 with those wins coming against No. 1 Minnesota (6-2 on Nov. 24 in Minneapolis, Minn.), No. 2 Notre Dame (5-1 on Oct. 26 in Duluth), No. 13 North Dakota (6-3 on Nov. 16 in Grand Forks, N.D.) and No. 20 Western Michigan (5-2 and 3-1 on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Kalamazoo, Mich.).

  • The Bulldogs are 11-0-3 when taking a lead into the third period this season.


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