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UND Hockey: Moving Forward

It’s been well documented, the University of North Dakota Hockey team hasn’t played all that bad, but they’ve haven’t done enough to push themselves over the top. Over the past three weeks, they’re winless in six games 0-4-2 (.166).

UND forward Austin Pokganski (Photo Credit Russell Hons)
UND forward Austin Poganski (Photo Credit Russell Hons)

Nonetheless, no one is panicking, not just yet. The players and the coaching staff knows what they’ve got to do. Now it’s just a matter of them going out and they executing the game plan. It’s also a matter of confidence.

“Our confidence is growing within our team,” junior forward Austin Poganski said. “We lacked a little confidence the last few weeks, but I think we’re moving in the right direction. Our team is making progress and taking steps each game. I think we’re playing well. We’ve got to put it all together and play a sixty-minute game.”

The Fighting Hawks are saying all of the right things. They know what they have to do and they’re not playing all that bad. They just need to play a 60-minute game and clean up a few minor mistakes that get magnified when a team is struggling for wins.

“I wouldn’t say panic,” Poganski said. “I would say more urgency. I wouldn’t say desperation mode but we can’t really afford too many mishaps. We’ve got to keep improving as a team and building as a team and just get a few wins.”

Sophomore defenseman Christian Wolanin echoed his fellow teammate’s comments.

“Saturday night’s post-game losses are always a little bit edgy,”Wolanin aid. “We have a good staff, we have a good group of guys. We know what we need to do. Obviously, this is a little frustrating. But there’s no panic. We know what we need to do to get back on track.”

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