Yes, this weekly Wednesday update is coming early. That’s because the team leaves for Anchorage one day earlier than normal, which bumped up the media session to Tuesday.
Coach Dave Hakstol said he was pleased with the team’s play last weekend against Colorado College, but it is clear that he and the rest of the team feel that they have lots of areas in which they can improve.
This weekend’s games also figure to be a lot different than the Colorado College games. The Tigers are known for playing more of a run-and-gun game, which led to a lot of good scoring chances and rushes both ways. Anchorage will play more of a structured system and try to keep the score low. It’s another set of challenges for UND.
Typically, Anchorage has been a difficult trip for the Sioux. They are 15-14-1 all-time against the Seawolves in Alaska, compared to 26-3-3 against the Seawolves in Grand Forks. I will touch on that in Friday’s notebook.
Thursday’s feature will be on Joe Gleason, who said he is preparing to play either forward or defense this weekend. Maybe both.
The short Q&A is with Dillon Simpson, who said he’s not pleased with the way he started the season, but he’s working his way out of it.
On the women’s side, the Sioux-Gopher series is the hot topic. They play at 7:07 each night, which is good news for area hockey fans. You can go to the women’s game and still get in home in time to watch the men’s game.
The bad news is that the Sioux won’t have defenseman Jordan Slavin, who is out with a leg injury. The extent of the injury is unknown at this time. Slavin also missed last weekend’s games against Bemidji State.
Without Slavin, the coaches moved Monique Lamoureux-Kolls back to defense for the Beaver series. Will they do the same against the Gophers? Yes and no.
“TV timeouts,” coach Brian Idalski said.
That’s code for: “The Lamoureux twins will play a ridiculous amount of minutes this weekend.” Mo is likely to see time both at forward and defense in the series.
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