Friday night the Sioux showed a lot of promise and played well in a 3-2 victory over the Badgers. Saturday night, they outplayed the Badgers the whole game, sans 3 minutes. Unfortunately, it was enough to lose 5-2 and split the series.
On Friday, the Sioux outplayed the Badgers for most of the game by being physical and outshooting the 'Sconni team 45-22. Wisconsin scored first, but the Sioux responded. Wisconsin scored again and again the Sioux responded. And in the third, Jason Gregoire netted his first of the season and gave the Sioux the lead for good.
Saturday night, the Sioux outplayed the Badgers immensely in the first period, but again the score was 0-0 after one. The Sioux jumped up 1-0 on a shorthanded goal by Ryan Duncan late in the 2nd, and Gregoire added his second goal of the season a few minutes later on a shot that Goon has up in his blog. One of the best shots I have seen in a long time.
Unfortunately, in the third period, the Sioux started off two men down and the Badgers wasted no time capitalizing on this, just 56 seconds in. Within a minute and a half, it was 3-2 and the Sioux and their fans were scratching their heads, hoping that this is just early season woes.
Look, as I said in an earlier post, a split really doesn't mean much for the Sioux. Sure, they are 2-4-0. That's not hard to ignore, and no, it's not going to go away. But let me remind all of you that the Boston College Eagles started off their season last year winning 3 of their first 12 games. Yes, the same BC Eagles that crushed our Sioux 6-1 in the Frozen Four. I really think that the press and the college hockey writers are just overreacting right now. Oh no, the Sioux are off to a slow start!!! Time to panic already!!!
No. Not time yet. We're seeing flashes of Gregoire's scoring ability, great saves by Eidsness, etc. As Goon said in his blog, it's going to take some time to get everyone on the same page. And as Wilbur, the most reliable Sioux fan I know has told me, IT'S EARLY!
Now, on to a lighter note. Dirty, of Dirty's Diatribe won Tony Grieco's mask in an auction at the Ralph. Dirty paid $425 for this. Pictures to follow soon.