UNO is giving up goals in droves.
5 goals to UAA last Saturday night, and allowing them to go 4-6 on the power play? Allowing a guy to get the first points (2 goals) of his career against us? The fourth time this season UNO has allowed an opposing player's first career points? Allowing Wisconsin a season high 6 goals last night and 4 the night before? 10 goals in two games to them? Wisconsin scored more goals against us on the road than they did at home against Alabama Huntsville earlier this season. Wisconsin's nation's worst power play had two goals last night. 98 goals against is the most of any team in the country in D-1 with a winning record. Faulkner/Belfour/Massa aren't great, but, they aren't this bad.
The defense corps, which Coach Blais has spoon fed the media here as being the strength of the team, is way overrated. I am in the middle of doing a look at how many goals defenseman James Polk, and, in particular, Michael Young of UNO have been on the ice for this season. I know the answer is scary before I even finish as this one has jumped out at me all season. Young was on the ice for 4 of Wisconsin's goals just last night and that is far from the first such "performance" by him this season.
Considering how we finished last year and that this season is seemingly finishing on a carbon copy note, it make me wonder just how good of a hold Coach Blais has on the helm these days. My thinking about this is also somewhat colored by the performance of his last World Juniors team as well. It's like he's exhausted his supply of eau de Dean Blais or something.
UNO has now been whistled down for 13, thirteen too many men on the ice penalties this season. As many times as in the last 6 seasons, combined. That tell you anything? Something is wrong with the direction of this ship and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. This is the 2nd year in a row that a very promising start to a season has totally imploded, and, in a shocking manner. We've now lost 5 in a row, all at home. And except for one game, in front of large enthusiastic crowds. 45,000+ over the last 5 games! (later edit: I was WAY off here. The actual, official attendance for UNO's last 5 home games, not including the under 18 team exhibition game, has been 55,074--an average 11,015 fans per game--UNO is 4th in the nation in attendance this season.)
To me, something is lacking in the execution and in the effort being put forth here. I think leadership is an issue (and definitely was last year after Coach Blais kicked our senior captain off the team entirely) as this team only has 3 seniors on it (Faulkner, Aneloski, and Gwidt).
I would not be shocked if UNO swept UMD or if we got swept. Just about anything is possible in my book. My bet is your offense "all of sudden" looks a lot a better than it has, that's for sure. I am totally pessimistic, I'm sorry to say.