Last night the Sioux earned a 3-1 victory over UAA, garnering their 4th split in a row and vaulting them to a 4-6-0 record (4-4-0) WCHA record. There's some good things to take away from this game, and from the series.
It's obvious Brad Eidsness is the starter for the Sioux. To say otherwise would be foolish. He has at times looked lost; other times, brilliant. But it's obvious to this Sioux fan that the Walski experiment is done. I'm not blaming Walski for every goal let in, but I'm also not blaming Eidsness for every goal he has let in. Aaron Walski needs to ride the pine. Give Graeme Harrington a start sometime here! You have two freshman goaltenders on the roster; both will be needed down the road, why not give the other kid some playing time as well?
Hextall is coming together nicely. After a slow start he has played well, scoring two goals on the weekend and is now 4th on the team in points, with 4 goals and 1 assist. This kid is a fun player to watch and deserves to be on the top line.
Genoway back in the lineup was huge for the Sioux. He did well both nights, on Friday getting two assists. He's clearly a playmaker and when Finley returns, those two will be giving the Sioux a much needed boost on defense.
The special teams were clicking last night as the Sioux scored all 3 goals on special teams, two on the powerplay and one shorthanded. They still need some work though, as the Sioux couldn't convert on a 5 minute major at a critical time on Friday night.
So again, don't panic Sioux fans. There are positives to look at with this team.
Also, Hakstol I believe sent an important message to some of the players on Saturday night. Kozek, Trupp, and Fienhage all were out of the lineup, and as far as I know, none were due to injury. I think what Coach Hakstol is saying is if you aren't willing to give 100% while you're getting playing time, you'll be watching Sioux hockey, not playing it. It goes to show that no one is safe on this team. That you better work 100% all the time, or you will not play. Great move by Hakstol, even if you are taking out a good playmaker in both Kozek and Trupp and not allowing Fienhage to develop.
Next week: UMD Bulldogs, who got one point off of the Badgers.