Bulldogs Look to Improve League Standings
Both UMD Men and Women are 3rd in Their Respective Conferences
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UMD’s race to the top of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference has hit a couple speed bumps since the start of the 2nd half.
The Bulldogs, who were so hot in the 1st half, have won only twice in six games since winter break.
But UMD did snap a 5-game win-less streak, with last week’s win over the Gophers.
Now, the ‘Dogs need to get back on track in conference.
UUMD finished the 1st half tied for the NCHC lead.
But the 2nd half swoon has left the bulldogs in 3rd and only four points in front of 5th place Denver.
5th place is somewhere Scott Sandelin doesn’t want to be.
He says the time to turn things around is now.
“When you’re in a bit of a funk, we’ve got to get back to the things we need to do,” said Sandelin. “That’s pretty much all year, but really at this time I think you can put so much in their heads about what other teams have and what they do that you forget about what you need to do.”
Like the men, the UMD women are also 3rd in their league.
And in the next three weeks, Shannon Miller’s team will take on the other three teams in the WCHA’s top 4.
The Bulldogs are coming off a weekend where they outscored Mankato 16–0, including a 12-spot friday.
But a sluggish start Saturday led to Miller giving the ‘Dogs a little pep talk.
“I challenged them,” Miller said. “I said you can either waste the opportunity today and just play well enough to win, or you can get down and get after it for the next 40 minutes and start playing like you want to be a champion.”