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11-25-2012, 04:49 PM
Dakota Sioux
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Originally Posted by Oilers Chick View Post
Some observations from yesterday's game (yes, I did see it).

1) For most of the game, I thought Gothberg played really well. Maybe some big saves and allowed North Dakota to stay in the game. It looked like he let up a little in the latter stages of the game, but overall I thought he played really well.

2) IMO, MacMillan is one of the team's most consistent players. Even if he isn't posting any points, he's working his tail off and his hard work has paid off. If he isn't putting up points, MacMillan is at least making things happen.

3) I like the fact that Kristo has finally picked up his game. And Dakota I'm not sure if you're noticing it too, but it seems to give the team a bit more of a lift when he's playing at the top of his game.

4) While I thought the defense played well, they also made some mistakes that, in one instance, burned them. One glaring mistake I noticed was an errant pass by Simpson (I believe it was). Instead of just shooting the puck to the boards, he decided to try and make a pass in the middle of ice and the Notre Dame player (I believe it was Jeff Costello) read it perfectly and intercepted it. That just can't happen on a regular basis. Teams like Minnesota will just eat North Dakota alive if they do.

This weekend's series was a very good test for North Dakota. Going up against a defensively methodical team like Notre Dame will make them better going forward and hopefully will enable the team to correct their mistakes and learn from them. I don't think CC will be quite as big of a test, but I also won't count out the Tigers either, especially in the Springs. The big thing for UND will be in trying to slow down CC and limit their scoring chances. If they do that, they can certainly get at least a split out of the series.
Good observations OC. I thought the 2 goals Zane allowed that were taken from above the circles that weren't screened were a bit weak but other than that he played well. Still think Saunders will be the man. The Sioux D have been having trouble in the defensive zone this year for sure. Not sure if it's Berry's system they are having trouble with or what but it hasn't been good. Forbort went backwards this weekend as he was a -5 for the series.

Kristo has really picked it up. Hopefully he can keep this high level of play for the remainder of the season without going into a shell for a period of time like he has done in the past. Knight has disappointed a bit but he did have the flu this weekend but he just hasn't been himself yet. It is november yet so if things go like they have in the past they will be okay come the first of the year.

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