We know we'll have to be patient as the younger players get comfortable with this level of hockey, but this is also a pretty driven group, ... This group can do a lot of good things.
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North Dakota was the better team. They had more jump, more passion, more want. They were hungry and we didn't play very well, especially on defense.
We have seen glimpses of being a pretty decent team. But a lot of it is the sum of all parts. When they're together, we can be pretty good. When they're not, we get exposed.
We took things for granted and if there's any blame to take for that, I'll take it. I can tell you it's not going to happen this year or ever again, ... It was disappointing but a season like that is great for re-evaluation. You learn from it.
I thought Nate settled in after that goal and was OK. But it's another one of those games that you walk away from and the scoreboard says 4-0, and you know it's closer than that. It's been the story of our season.
With a younger team there will be tough times and adversity. The key will be how we respond and how we get through those situations.
We need performances like that and like we had against Wisconsin. At this time of the season you look to your older players to lead the way. Isaac has had a good career and we'd like to give him the chance to get to 61 wins.
I know one thing: It better keep us pretty focused. Because we're playing some pretty good teams. Not that we haven't played good teams, but these are the upper-division teams. I think the focus will be there.
You always talk about a team forming an identity. You know, I don't know if we have yet. It's kind of a mystery.