They knew it would be hard, and it has been.
Injuries haven't made things easier for the No. 16 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team, but a (2-4-0) start to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) schedule has been just as tough as predicted.
"Even the wins have been hard. They haven't been pretty, they haven't been easy," head coach Scott Sandelin said. "It's not that we've played great hockey. We've found ways to win games."
After being swept by St. Cloud State to start the league schedule, UMD now has back-to-back splits against Western Michigan and Miami. It was last weekend against the Redhawks, though, that things seemed to be falling into place.
"I just didn't like how we finished gamed against St. Cloud or Western," Sandelin said. "I thought our team at Miami took a step forward in terms of playing 60 minutes and never giving up."
UMD is (6-6-2) overall and will be hosting No. 8 MSU-Mankato for a non-conference game on Saturday. That game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena and can be seen live locally on My 9 Sports.