GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- After taking a split against Omaha last weekend, the Fighting Hawks Men's Hockey team heads on the road for Friday night's game against Bemidji State.
Last Friday's game against Omaha didn't exactly go the way the Fighting Hawks wanted. It was a 4-1 loss and Head Coach Brad Berry says in order for this Fighting Hawks team to be successful they need to not play on opposite sides of the spectrum.
"After we won on Saturday night we referenced this weekend," Berry said Wednesday. "Meaning that one end of the spectrum we weren't very good, collectively, everybody. The other end of the spectrum we played one of our better games of the year...we've got to be closer to the way we played Saturday night and we'll keep referencing Friday night for sure just so we know what we're dealing with."
"I think it's pretty easy to play well on Saturday's after we have tough Friday nights," junior forward Rhett Gardener said. "But we've kind of got to just come with that mentality Friday night and learn from what we did Saturday good not just look at the negatives but look at what happened when we're playing well. I think we did that. We had a good video session yesterday from our Saturday night game. We'll just move forward with that."
Gardner says that in order to solve BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer, the reigning WCHA Goaltender of the Week, they're going to need to get an ugly one or two with guys in front of the net blocking Bitzer's vision.