Bulldogs prepare for “underrated” Western Michigan team

Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 11:14 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Fresh off their first week without a hockey game in the 2021-22 season, the UMD men’s hockey team is preparing for a trip that has given them troubles in recent years.

The Bulldogs are win-less in five of their last six contests played at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Western Michigan Broncos have presented UMD all sorts of matchup problems over the past few years, especially in front of the raucous crowd of ‘Lawson Lunatics’.

“They’re a good hockey team, I think they’re underrated. Maybe not by us, but by some people. I think their win against Michigan, and how they played proves that they’re a really good hockey team,” said UMD head coach Scott Sandelin.

The Broncos split their recent series with then #1 Michigan. This past weekend, they overcame a 5-0 deficit against Colgate with six consecutive goals, including four in the third period for yet another hard-fought win in a series that they would eventually sweep.

“The biggest difference about their program over the last 4-5 years is how fast they play. You know, they used to be a really big, heavy team that maybe didn’t have the team speed, well now they have that speed. You know, that’s why they’re a good team,” said Sandelin.

Western Michigan is now the top-ranked team in the most recent PairWise rankings after their slate of big non-conference wins.

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs will open their series against the tenth-ranked Broncos on Friday night at 6:05 p.m. The My9 Sports Network will not carry this week’s game, but it will be live on NCHC-TV.

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