#15 Bulldogs Excited for Season's First Road Trip

By KBJR News 1

October 21, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The #15-ranked UMD Bulldogs men's hockey team is off to a (1-3) start this season after back-to-back home series against Notre Dame and Minnesota.

What better time, then, for the first road trip of the 2011-12 season, as UMD travels this weekend to face the Providence Friars.

Head coach Scott Sandelin said despite the disappointing results, he's been happy with his team's performance overall and looks forward to taking them on the road.

"It'll be a good test for us," Sandelin said. "It's our first road series, so we'll see how our young guys play on the road and how our older guys can, hopefully, carry that load. The bottom line is it's a chance for us to go there and build off the good things and improve the things we need to. We've got to put together 120 minutes of hockey. I want to see improvements in our power play, penalty kill, goaltending, and maybe even defensive play."

"It's a lot of fun playing at home. We've got some of the best fans in the country," Bulldogs freshman forward Justin Crandall said. "It'll be fun to get out there, Providence is playing good hockey right now, and maybe we can find some new luck on the road and get a few wins."

"It's a good time for a road trip," Sandelin said. "We've been at home for a while with all the preseason stuff. [Providence] is off to a good start. They beat BU and Massachusetts, so they're (2-0) and have a new coach, so we know it's not going to be an easy task. Last year we played them under a different coach at home, scored a lot of goals, and got two wins. I don't expect it to be like that this year at all."

The Bulldogs and Friars will face off Friday and Saturday, with the drop of the puck set for 6:07 p.m. CST both nights.

Posted by Zach Schneider