October 11, 2008

A rough opening weekend

The 2008-2009 season did not get started the way the Sioux wanted or expected it to.

After a trouncing by Boston University Friday night, the Sioux outshot the Minutemen of Massachusetts by a wide margin, but still could not get a victory, falling 3-2. Walski got the nod in net, but did not fare much better than his freshman counterpart, stopping only 13 shots in the loss.

Let's review some stats from this weekend:

- Eidsness made 28 saves, but let in 5 goals against BU
- Walski made 13 saves, but let in 3 goals
- The Sioux powerplay was 0-7 against BU and 1-7 against UMass. 1-14 on the weekend.
- Only 23 shots in the game against BU
- 42 shots against UMass; yet couldn't find the net more than twice

What does this mean for the Sioux? This isn't good for their pairwise. I can tell you that right off the bat. It's crucial to win these early non-conference games. But in fairness to the Sioux, they were playing on the road in BU's home arena and an hour from UMass. So I can cut a little slack there. Also, I'm sure the first 1/2 of the season will be spent working on the goalie situation. CC last year lost 3 in a row early on, 2 at New Hampshire and 1 at ND.

The goalie situation is a bit concerning to me. I'm not sure if Hak has no confidence in Walski or if he's thinking Eidsness is the future of the team, but why you give the freshman goaltender the nod in the opening game is beyond my comprehension.

Right the ship next weekend, fellas.


thecollegehockeyblog said...

I think Walski needs to be the starter. Unless god forbid things get out of hand and they need to just start preparing Eidsness for next year.

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