Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Fans won't regularly see University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) sophomore forward Cal Decowski scoring goals --- he has six in his time with the Bulldogs --- but they will see him bringing a lot of energy to the ice while playing on the fourth line.
"We just try to bring a lot of momentum to the team," Decowski said. "We want to get the puck into the other team's end and work their defensemen. We try to bring shifts together and bring the energy level up."
"Everybody in college hockey wants to be a goal scorer," linemate and UMD freshman forward Sammy Spurrell said. "We're just playing our role, and if we can produce up front, that's just a bonus for us."
Decowski was the Mike Sertich Award winner as a freshman, meaning teammates singled him out as the Bulldogs' most improved player last winter.
This season, he's a guy that seemingly everyone wants a chance to play with.
"I love playing with him," Duluth, Minn. native and UMD senior forward Max Tardy said. "He works so hard. He's small in stature, but he's not intimidated by anyone. He really plays with that junkyard dog mentality that you love to play with. He's so tenacious. He sees the ice well and moves the puck well, so he makes it easy for the guys around him."
And he does that consistently from the team's fourth line, something that he says is just a number on a piece of paper.
"We don't consider where we are on the line sheet," Decowski said. "We've just got to come every shift. It doesn't matter who you're playing with or against, you've got to bring that same intensity every shift."