UND Hockey focussing on details in preparation for St. Cloud State

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- After giving up a two goal lead in the last four games the University of North Dakota hockey team said practice this week is all about details.

"I think we've been doing the right things just little details, like getting pucks deep or getting pucks out. It might seem like a little thing at the time but then 20 seconds later it ends up in the back of your net. So yeah just sharpening up in all three areas of the rink, definitely," senior forward Rhett Gardner said.

"We play pretty well five-on-five. There were some things power play/penalty kill we didn't capitalize on it and that will happen,” junior defenseman Colton Poolman said. “It's kind of the little details that are killing us right now which we think we've been pretty prepared for them but at times its one, two shifts, maybe a period you're not playing your best hockey and that's when things could happen and obviously they kind of have been."

"Everybody has to do their part in making sure they have to be sharp and clean in every situation when they get on the ice especially when it gets magnified in the last ten minutes of a game,” head coach Brad Berry said. “So I guess what you have to say is the mental sharpness or the focus of an individual when they go on the ice and know that they have to do the job."
Those details will be important as North Dakota gets set to host No. 1 St. Cloud State.
Berry said that the Huskies don't look much different under first year head coach Brett Larson as they did when Bob Motzko was coaching the team before he departed for the University of Minnesota.