Saturday, December 12, 2015

Game 17: North Dakota at UMD

Boy, I hope you're already here. If not, you might want to rethink whatever your plans were to get down here for the series (and UMD's first half) finale. Traffic is already hideous. Best wishes to you.

Disappointing result for UMD on Friday night. But outside of getting the little black disc behind UND goalie Cam Johnson, what more can you ask them to do?

For starters, I'd say the defense has to tighten up. All three UND goals were transition plays where someone got caught too far up the rink or someone didn't cover a man in the defensive zone. It shows the high-end skill North Dakota possesses, and that's tough to deal with under any conditions. But it also shows how strong UMD was for the vast majority of this game.

I do think the work around the net in the offensive zone could be better. That's not to say someone should plow Cam Johnson over or anything like that. Instead, actually not being as tight to the netfront can sometimes be a good thing. It isn't always good to be up against the top of the crease, because it limits your ability to get to rebounds. Johnson wasn't giving up many, but UMD has to find a way to create some if it isn't going to beat the goalie on the first shot.

Clearly, however, the UMD coaches weren't that displeased with what they saw. The lack of changes on the line chart you're about to read would at least reflect that idea.



Iafallo - Toninato - Johnson
Farley - Cameranesi - Kuhlman
Osterberg - Thomas - Young (Austyn)
Sampair - Decowski - Mackay

Corrin - Welinski
Soucy - Raskob
McCormack - Pionk

Kaskisuo - McNeely - Deery

Caggiula - Schmaltz - Boeser
Janatuinen - Johnson (Luke) - Wilkie
Chyzyk - Simonson - Poganski
Gersich - Gardner - Olson

Ausmus - Stecher
Thompson - LaDue
Wolanin - Poolman

Johnson (Cam) - Hrynkiw 

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