HOUGHTON, Mich. -- In the runup to Friday's series opener, I asked UMD coach Scott Sandelin what he thought the keys were to breaking down Michigan Tech goalie Jamie Phillips, who entered the game with a .943 save percentage.
"You gotta get traffic," he said. "You gotta get shots. You have to get him moving a little bit east and west.
"You have to get around him, and we have to work hard to do that."
Mission largely accomplished. UMD attempted 38 shots in the first period and 74 for the game. There were people at the net a lot, with Phillips flailing more than a few times to try to draw a penalty that never came.
(There was some contact with Phillips, but he did a good job selling what came at him.)
This game should be intense. Tech has lost three straight at home, and Mel Pearson will have his team ready for battle. UMD jumped on Tech pretty early Friday, but the Huskies eventually got off the mat and competed pretty darn hard. That's the team I expect to see the Bulldogs have to deal with from the outset in this one.
Iafallo - Toninato - Krause
Farley - Cameranesi - Kuhlman
Osterberg - Decowski - Young (Austyn)
Young (Blake) - Thomas - Crandall
Johnson - Welinski
Soucy - Raskob
Corrin - Molenaar
Kaskisuo - McNeely - Fons
Vallis - Pietila - Sturos
Petan - Kero (Tanner) - Gould
Heinonen - Neville - Hietala
Eick - Steman - Gillies
Watson - Sweeney
Hanna - Roy
Auk - Hyland
Phillips - Kero (Devin) - Messina
(Programming note: I'll be back with the normal Monday blog to recap the weekend's events. Then we'll go silent for most of the next two weeks. The team is off until Jan. 2, and I'm taking a bunch of time off in that span as well.)