Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Got the Mojo This Year! Dogs Win with 7.9 Seconds Left in OT

Travis Oleksuk just wins games.

Another great win for UMD. Travis Oleksuk tips in a Dylan Olsen shot with a couple of ticks left in OT and the nation's longest unbeaten streak continues. The puck is bouncing our way, guys are making plays when they need to, our backup goalie is leading the nation in goals against and save percentage! It's ridiculous. We can only hope that the good times keep rolling. A couple of notes:
  • As I mentioned above, Aaron Crandall is leading all goaltenders with a .958 save percentage and 0.98 goals against average. He came within 13 minutes of breaking Stalock's scoreless streak. Unbelievable. The guy doesn't see the ice last year and this year he's Stalock reincarnated. Granted it's early and he's only played three games, but with goaltending being our biggest question coming into the year it's very encouraging to see Crandall doing so well.
  • North Dakota beat Denver 4-3 last night, leaving them tied with us atop the WCHA standings. Next weekend's series in Grand Forks is will be a huge. I can't wait.
  • With Oleksuk scoring his 4th game-winning goal and JT Brown getting another goal and assist last night, not enough can be said about the emergence of the second line. There's almost no drop-off when the vaunted Connolly-Fontaine line comes off the ice. It feels like we have twice the offensive firepower this year.
  • We've scored the most and allowed the least (except for Bemidji, who has played 3 games to our 7) amount of goals in the WCHA. Throw out that wacky 6-6 season opener against Lake Superior State and we're outscoring opponents 27-10 on the year.
There's a good vibe around the team right now. Everyone know our first line would be solid, but contributions from the second line and blue line is making the difference on the bottom line: 6-0-1. Let's go get the sweep.

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