Bulldogs' Blueliners Look Different, Play the Same

By KBJR News 1

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- For UMD defensemen Brady Lamb and Wade Bergman, every day on the ice is another opportunity to prove themselves.

"You just have to battle every night," Bergman said. "Everyone has to battle."

For the Bulldogs' top defensive pairing, those are certainly words to live by.

"They are veteran defenseman who have been in the WCHA a long time," Bulldogs senior forward Jack Connolly said, "and they've played a lot of games."

228 games, in fact, have been played between the pair on the Bulldogs' blue line.

"We just try to keep it simple every night," Lamb said. "Keep the puck out of our zone and move it quickly up to our forwards."

"It's been great to be with him, to learn from him," Bergman said, "and it gives me confidence to play my game."

The 6-foot-1 Lamb towers over the 5-foot-9 Bergman, but teammates say the two have very similar styles on the ice.

"Lamb is a big guy," UMD senior goaltender Kenny Reiter said. "He's really physical and can move the puck real well."

"He's obviously really good for the one-timer with that good shot up top," Connolly said of Lamb.

"Bergman isn't the biggest guy," Connolly continued, "but pound for pound he is probably one of the strongest guys on the team."

"Wade is really physical for his size," Reiter said. "He can move the puck, and he eats pucks in front of the net which helps me out."

For fellow defenseman Scott Kishel, the pair's hometown of Calgary is another added bonus.

"They're Canadian-born players, and they bring new parts to defense," Kishel said. "They learn from me being American because we were brought up playing it differently, but we pick each other's brains about it."

In either country, though, Lamb says one mantra still holds true.

"The easiest way to play in our zone is to give it to [the forwards]," Lamb said, "and let them do their thing in the offensive zone."

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