January 11, 2009

The sun is shining brighter today

I already admitted it in my blog yesterday, but I'll say it again. I WAS WRONG!

Sioux fans all over the nation are celebrating what is definitely the biggest sweep of the season, and a lot of people are pointing to yet another 2nd half surge. I'm not ready to go there quite yet, but let's discuss this weekend, shall we?

Was the illness of Coach Lucia weighing on the Gopher squad? It very well could have been, and in all honesty, I would be understanding. Are the young guys getting tired? It's a possibility, one that I mentioned at the beginning of the season as a reason the Gophers would struggle. Did the Gophers come up to Grand Forks thinking it would just be a Sioux team that would roll over? I'm sure they didn't think the Sioux would destroy them, but probably thought it would still be an easy game.

Regardless of the whys, the results of the games are what make me happy as a Sioux fan this weekend. It's well played games like that that make me really appreciate being a solid fan of the University of North Dakota hockey program. They need to keep the momentum going and good things will happen.


BrettB in STL said...

Brandon, eating crow has its moments. I don't think the gophers would've won if their Coach was there or not. As for UND's 2nd half surge? It's already started winning 8 of your last 10 is good. Also the Sioux still have 2 games in hand, and if they sweep those 2 games before the end of the year, that puts them up to 2nd place overall in the WCHA..

This past weekends game is not a fluke. UND has the offensive weapons. I mean Kozek is a 4th liner? He led his league in scoring before he came to UND. Also UND has scored 6 or more goals in how many games this year? Answer 6!(Those weren't fluke games either) Averaging 3.72 goals/game is going to win you some games, and now they got their D-Core in line. I say they've solidified themselves.

Consistency is key, but they have dismantled teams ranked higher then them in convincing fashion see: Gophers & Cornell. I just don't understand how and why they lose another game here on out..

Brandon said...

Brett, I'm trying to be as optimistic as possible. I really am. But let's face it. Those losses to State and Tech may end up costing them in the long run.

Goon said...

Let not your heart be troubled.