Sandelin Happy with Effort From 'Dogs Despite Losses

By KBJR News 1

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The UMD Bulldogs men's hockey team didn't lose back-to-back games all of last season en route to the national championship. So far this season, they've lost three in a row.

The Bulldogs split the weekend to start the regular season against then top-ranked Notre Dame, then were swept at home by in-state rival Minnesota.

Still, UMD head coach Scott Sandelin said he is happy with the effort his team has given through the first two series of the season.

"I like the way our team played," Sandelin said of this past weekend against the Golden Gophers. "I think the end result is certainly disappointing, to not get any wins or points out of the weekend, but it's a big picture thing here. There were a lot of good things that we saw and good things we can build on."

"We had a good weekend," Bulldogs freshman forward Justin Crandall said. "It's tough losing both games, obviously, and getting 100 shots on net in two nights is tough to not come out with a win. It's still early in the year, and we had a lot of positives come out of the weekend."

The #15-ranked Bulldogs will face their first road test of the season this weekend against Providence, with a 6:07 p.m. start set for both Friday and Saturday.

Posted by Zach Schneider