Saturday, December 13, 2008

Kaufmann Sizzles in Sweep of Lakers

UNO goalie Jerad Kaufmann seemed to be a man possessed tonight as he stopped 47 shots as the Mavericks defeated Lake Superior State 3-2 to complete a sweep on the road. #19 UNO heads into the Christmas break at 11-4-3 on the season, good enough for third place in the CCHA.

Some hockey fans hate the idea of rotating goalies, considering it like akin to quarterback in football. But right now, how do you bench either Kaufmann or Jeremie Dupont, who had a shutout last Friday night against Alaska. Both goalies are playing outstanding this season; neither has done anything to warrant being benched in favor of the other one.

UNO returns to action on December 29th with a game at #8 Princeton, followed by a game at Yale the next night, then at #14 Minnesota State on January 3rd. Those three games might be the keys to establishing UNO's credentials towards the end of the season. Premature to worry about those games? Perhaps. But if UNO is going to make some noise this season, these next three games can set the tone for the second half.

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