What the Bulldogs didn’t get in that nonconference tournament showdown, however, were any points back in the league standings. That opportunity comes this weekend as the Bulldogs once again host the Beavers, though this time in a two-game WCHA series scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.
Fourth-place Bemidji State is six points up on the fifth-place Bulldogs, who do have a pair of games in hand. While a lot can change over the final six weeks of the regular season, the outcome of this weekend’s series will likely play a large part in determining whether it’s the Beavers hosting the Bulldogs in the WCHA quarterfinals or if the Beavers will return to Duluth a third time for a best-of-three series Feb. 28-March 1.
“It felt good to win that game and win that tournament in our home rink,” said UMD senior co-captain Sydney Brodt. “It was super fun, but this series is a lot more important. We’ve really keyed in on things we need to get better at. I don’t think we played our best game at all, and I think we have more to give against them this weekend.”