It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
Unless you're the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women's hockey team, that is. Those Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 in a pair of losses this past weekend against No. 1 Wisconsin, and that's left UMD searching for answers.
"When you play on your heels, give them all the momentum, and let the crowd be a factor, that's what you get," head coach Maura Crowell said. "I think it will be more of a focus moving ahead."
Crowell's team will hope to be quick learners as they head this weekend to No. 6 Minnesota, an in-state rival that swept UMD at AMSOIL Arena earlier this regular season.
Fix the early lapses from the Wisconsin series, and the Bulldogs say they feel very confident.
"We weren't ready to play the first five minutes of each game," freshman forward Naomi Rogge said. "I think that really hurt us. Take that out of the second game, it's a 1-1 game and we would've maybe tied them or put another in the net."
UMD is (9-10-0) overall this season.