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Well, the weekend has come and gone, and there have been some things that have come a bit more into focus on the year. One team made a clear statement this past weekend that they’re for real, while others have tripped up a bit. What did we learn from this weekend? Check it out!
- Minnesota Duluth is pretty darn good
The Bulldogs swept a No. 1 ranked Notre Dame squad in South Bend, which is a massive feat in itself. Led by Nick Swaney in game one with two points in the 3-2 win, then by the Cates brothers (Noah and Jackson) in game two who combined to score three points in the game two, 3-1 win.
The team as a whole showed an ability to win games in a multitude of ways. They have the speed, but the also have the toughness to grind out close games against very good teams on the road.
They’re also getting production from all four lines with all lines getting points in the series. It was an impressive road series for the Bulldogs, and we shouldn’t expect them to slow down any time soon.
2. Reilly Walsh and Adam Fox are amongst the elite blue lines in college hockey
Yes, I get it, there were a boat load of goals in the 7-6 loss at Dartmouth the other day. That being said, Fox and Walsh combined to score seven points in the loss (1G-4A for Fox, 2G for Walsh). They’re one of the best duo’s in college hockey and they should continue to score as such for the rest of the season.
3. Bowling Green is Legit
The Falcons have seemingly come out of nowhere, winning five of their first six games, including an 8-2 drubbing of Ohio State behind a hat trick from Max Johnson. They followed up that performance with a 2-2 tie on Saturday night against the Buckeyes. Something is happening in Bowling Green.
4. Boston College and Boston University are both 0-4…are they as good as we thought?
This might not be as much of a surprise as it seems on the surface, but it’s still a combined 0-8 record for the two staples of hockey in Beantown. Both teams are very young and have a lot of learning ahead of them, but they have the young pieces with Oliver Wahlstrom for the Eagles and Joel Farrabee for the Terriers to continue to see improvement, but nevertheless, not a great start for either squad.
5. There’s a lot of teams that show a lot of promise
St. Cloud State, Providence, Notre Dame, Ohio State all have the pieces, and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see them vying for a National Championship at the end of the year, but as expected early in the year, it hasn’t completely come together yet, and that is something that will be very interesting to see who emerges.