UND coach Dave Hakstol admits that he’s a traditionalist, and that part of him does not like shootouts. But Hakstol says adding shootouts in the NCHC is the right move.
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Hakstol says the league can give it four to five years, then re-evaluate how they’ve worked and how much fans have enjoyed then, then decide whether they want to keep doing them or not.
He said that when the team does shootout drills in practice, there will be a lot of evaluation going on.
He also said talked about how the team needs to react mentally to the outcome of shootouts.
“As a player, it gives you a somewhat superficial feeling of a loss or a win,” Hakstol said. “We’re going to probably have to learn to deal with it. You have to be very careful to keep everything in perspective.”
Hakstol said a team can’t get too low if they play really well in a tie and end up losing the shootout, nor can a team get too high if they play below average, tie, and win in a shootout.