Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey team lost 55 percent of its scoring from last season and a senior goaltender, but that just means there is more opportunity this year for guys to make an impact.
"I think we're a brand-new team here," junior forward Joe Basaraba said. "Some guys are going to have to step into bigger roles. As a team collectively, we're all going to have to step our game up and fill in those holes."
UMD lost forwards Jack Connolly, Travis Oleksuk, David Grun and defensemen Brady Lamb and Scott Kishel to graduation, as well as sophomore forward J.T. Brown leaving for the NHL.
The Bulldogs also said goodbye to senior goaltender Kenny Reiter, who backstopped the team to its NCAA Division I championship in the 2010-11 season.
This year's UMD team features nine freshman players, all of whom head coach Scott Sandelin hope will develop into players who compete for a spot in the lineup every weekend.
The Bulldogs open the 2012-13 regular season at home on October 12-13 against Ohio State, with those games set 7:07 p.m. starts at AMSOIL Arena. Both games can be seen on live television in the Northland on the My 9 Sports Network.