Women's hockey to focus on the little things against Ohio State this weekend

BY ERIK GAFFRON | The Statesman The University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team looks to focus on the finer points of hockey against the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend.

The Bulldogs come off a pair of losses to Bemidji State University in which they fell to the Beavers 3-2 and 2-0 Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Bulldogs are headed to the home stretch as they have just four regular season series left in the season. Head coach Maura Crowell hopes a stronger defensive effort will help her team snap a six-game losing streak.

“Every team wants to be a little better in the (Defensive) zone,” Crowell said. “That’s always something we’re going to focus on, and we have been since the beginning of the year.”

Crowell felt that the meeting was a great opportunity for Bulldogs to get back on track, as the last meeting between the Bulldogs and the Buckeyes produced a pair of Bulldog wins.

“Our series with them in December was really good, we scored nine goals on the weekend. We’re hoping for a lot of goals to build confidence and get back to winning,” Crowell said.

She reiterated to her players just how important the attention to detail could make the difference throughout the week, telling them “just do the little things right” and that UMD must “take pride” in their puck movement.

“We need to just stay in the moment, try and get better every day and see where the chips fall,” Crowell said.

The Bulldogs (9-16-1, 6-13-1 WCHA) will take the ice at Amsoil arena Friday at 7:07 P.M. and Saturday at 4:07 P.M. against the Buckeyes (8-17-1, 4-15-1 WCHA).

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