Berry pleased with team's first half performance

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- With the first half of the season done head coach Brad Berry said he's pretty pleased with the overall performance of his team; a 10-5-5 record, still ranked in the top ten nationally, and now heading into the Winter break he said there are two things they'd like to get accomplished right away -- a mental and physical break.

"You can see some guys are getting fatigued a little bit in both areas and I think the break will do us well," Berry said Wednesday. "Some of the areas that we want to clean up and we're getting better at are starts of the games. I thought over the course of the last two weekends against Western (Michigan) and St. Cloud (State) we've started extremely well. Now it's a matter of not chasing games and trying to have leads now early on in games. That's part of the offensive side of the game that we're going to try to work on more."

The lineup inconsistencies have still continued; 20 games, 20 different lineups. Berry hopes with this break he'll get all of his players back healthy and ready to go. An exhibition game against the United States Under-18 team on December 30th should help sort out some line combinations that they'd like to see.