Two come from behind victories over the weekend ensured a couple things. One, it gave North Dakota a 7 game winning streak. Yes, it seems the 2nd half surge has come. Two, it vaulted North Dakota up to 5th in the pairwise. The team is being rewarded for it's stellar effort over the past few weekends. Third, the victory last night ensured the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be coming to the Engelstad for the WCHA Playoff.
I'm very apprehensive about this series. Ever since I heard Bruce McLeod publically say that the WCHA was nervous about Minnesota not making the Final Five in 2008, but were relieved when they did. It makes me wonder how many calls will not go the Sioux's way. I mean, granted, the refs cannot take the game away, but still...you wonder...
Also, it's a rivalry series. We know how much both teams get fired up for these games. Minnesota will be coming in fighting for their lives. A couple victories over the Sioux and they play in St. Paul, where anything can happen.