UMD men’s hockey prepare for Denver, women Bemidji State

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey team are resuming conference play this weekend against No.3 Denver University.

The games are coming after a bye-week for the squad, which for the coaching staff came with benefits of recovery but also a challenge getting back to game speed.

“It’s the time of the year that guys are banged up. Maybe it’s a good thing that we had time to kind of digest that. I thought our guys had a really good, energetic week, which sometimes isn’t the case with the bye week. So they came back ready to go on Monday and they’re excited to play,” said head coach Scott Sandelin.

The Bulldogs took Denver to overtime both games earlier this season.

Puck drop on the road this Friday is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

The UMD women’s hockey team is entering the final weekend series of their regular season, visiting Bemidji State.

A great opportunity for the team to dial in and tweak a few things within their game.

“Working on some of those detailed skills has been our focus. Getting your head up, finding shooting lanes, a lot of skill work as well. Puck protection because these teams are really good so when we get the puck in the o-zone and we’re up one on the play it’s physical. So trying to figure out and learn how to maintain possession against that physicality,” said head coach Maura Crowell.

Puck drops at Sanford Center for the first game of the series against Bemidji this Friday at 3:00p.m.