Not a bad start.
UMD made the most of its exhibition game against Lakehead University Monday night, running away with a 7-1 win thanks largely to a four-goal outburst in the first 4 minutes, 18 seconds of the third period.
The projected offensive depth of the Bulldogs showed throughout the game, as UMD was able to put Lakehead on its heels and keep it there for much of the contest. The pressure paid off, as nine different Bulldog forwards recorded at least a point. The rookies were outstanding, combining for four goals and nine points on the night.
Of course, there were other promising signs, too. The defensemen flashed a nice mix of skill-sets, and each blue-liner had several quality shifts. Coming in as perhaps the biggest worry for the Bulldogs, the collective performance in the exhibition game is a good place to start. The strong third period, a period that haunted UMD last season, was a welcomed change. The goaltenders, although largely untested in the final 40 minutes, played well.
On top of all that, Tony Cameranesi returns for the official opener on Friday, which means UMD will have its complete top-line and first power-play unit for Michigan Tech.
Let the journey begin.