First off, a PSA of sorts: If you're coming to either game, you should plan on arriving early. We're expecting good crowds both nights.
St. Cloud State comes in off a bye, which always adds a bit of a variable to things. "Rested legs" can sometimes look like "tired legs" in that they share a similar characteristic: They aren't going.
Some teams bounce off a bye and play great. Or you can look like UMD did in the first period and change against Colorado College Dec. 5.
It just depends.
For UMD, hopefully it's another strong effort. Outside of the second period of Saturday's 6-3 win over Northern Michigan, the Bulldogs played pretty well. Not a perfect performance, but plenty of positives to build off of as the stretch run begins.
No time for slow starts or poor efforts now. UMD -- and the rest of the NCHC -- are in what will be a furious race to the regular-season finish line.
And then it all starts again.
Iafallo - Thomas - Krause
Farley - Cameranesi - Kuhlman
Osterberg - Decowski - Crandall
Sampair - Young (Austyn) - Young (Blake)
Johnson - Welinski
Soucy - Raskob
Corrin - Kotyk
Kaskisuo - McNeely - Fons
Winiecki - Brodzinski - Rehkamp
Benik - Morley - Russell
Murray - Kossila - Peterson
Storm - Oliver - Bertsch
Prochno - Prow
Widman - Daly
Nevalainen - Ilvonen
Lindgren - Reijola