The Sioux open the 2008-2009 season on the road against Boston University and UMass in the Icebreaker tournament. This is a fun challenge for the Sioux and should be two very entertaining games.
The Sioux opened up the season with an exhibition win over the University of Manitoba at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. They defeated the Bisons 6-2. UND got big contributions from their senior class, as both Matt Watkins and Andrew Kozek found the net, and senior leader and Hobey Baker winner Ryan Duncan netted two. The freshman also contributed, with Jason Gregoire and Brett Hextall each scoring a goal. Each goalie got playing time and did a good job, with Walski saving all 10 shots he faced, Eidsness saving 8 of 10, and Harrington saving the two shots he faced. The Sioux outshot the Bison 51-22.
The top line of seniors Chris VandeVelde, Duncan, and Brad Miller had a spectacular game, according to a few Sioux fans. Also, Evan Trupp looked great in his return from injury, and Chay Genoway made a lot of nice plays.
As Hakstol said in the WCHA Coaches Call, the sophomore class will need to have a big impact this season. As much as I hate to say it, the freshmen last year didn't really stand out, sans Evan Trupp. I'm looking for Matt Frattin to get some shots this year and prove himself, as well as Brent Davidson.
With senior Andy Kozek working on a line with freshman Gregoire and Evan Trupp, that should be a dominating second line.
I look for the Sioux to dominate the Terriers this weekend, especially going up against a freshman goaltender for BU.