Weekly Wednesday update

It was about a year ago when Wisconsin came to Ralph Engelstad Arena for a two-game set. UND was down to 18 healthy skaters.

This time, the situation is much different for UND.

Everyone is expected to be available for this weekend’s WCHA series against the Badgers. That means more lineup decisions for the coaching staff, trying to find that right combination.

On the Wisconsin side, the Badgers will be missing center Derek Lee, who is out with a concussion, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Lee is Wisconsin’s second-leading scorer with 19 points (three goals).

During his weekly press conference, Mike Eaves said rookie defenseman Eddie Wittchow will be available, though.

The hot topic this week was UND’s back-to-back one-point weekends. The players were obviously still bothered by how they played on Friday night and know it’s about that time where they have to start playing with more consistency.

One item that’s beginning to be a hot topic among coaches and referees is the diving in college hockey. BU coach Jack Parker was very outspoken about the diving problem around the country earlier this year. UND coach Dave Hakstol also says he believes it’s a big problem.

I talked to WCHA director of officials Greg Shepherd, who agrees that it’s a problem and says that it’s something that he never had to deal with when he was reffing. That story will be in Thursday’s paper.

This week’s Q&A is with Michael Parks, who says he’s finally starting to feel like he’s back to his normal level of play.

On the women’s side, the discussion revolved around the fact that the team has never swept MSU-Mankato in Mankato in program history. A couple of seniors talked about how much they want to accomplish that feat this weekend. That story will be in Friday’s paper.

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Wednesday update

  1. Brad,

    This is a little off the subject, but I noticed on Kevin Pate’s (MN-Duluth) blog he already had the 2013-14 Bulldog schedule released. I would assume it’s still considered “tentative” but how can that schedule be done so soon and out to the public? Is it up to each school to decide when they want to release their upcoming schedule? Just curious to know if UND’s 2013-14 schedule is complete.

  2. It shouldnt take this long to figure out the lines on this team! A bunch of BS excuses! Playoffs are a month away and UND is still trying to figure out a good lineup???!! Horrible! All that talent wasted!

    • Well at least you’re not over-reacting.
      There has been some player lineup shuffling due to circumstances beyond the coaches control…like MacMillan available after Xmas, Grimaldi being gone at WJC, Parks in and out with injuries. The lines are hardly the reason for the poor play in some games.
      “All that talent wasted!” — lol

  3. How do you really feel Andy?? I feel like you’re holding back hahaha. Listen great coaches are constantly adjusting lines. Things like injuries, transfers and simple emotional healthy all play into it. So slow down turbo. Deep breath. Maybe yoga?

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