Oct 29, 2015 12:19 AM
UNH Hockey's Poturalski and Co. impress
DURHAM - UNH Hockey is grabbing attention with the scoring from their second line, but now is the time for them to improve defensively to make it to the post season.
When you say "Wildcat hockey" this year, people are automatically going to think about the second line. They're raving about it because in only five games this season, they have 11 goals and 39 points.
"The combination between the three - they have a good feel for each other and where they're at on the ice," said head coach Dick Umile. "They generate good offense, and they've got to play against top lines so we're waiting for them to keep getting better defensively."
Umile is confident as the line continues to build chemistry that it will be "one of the best lines in the country."
The "CPK line," as nicknamed, features Dan Correalle, Andrew Poturalski and Tyler Kelleher. They know they need to step up defensively.
"Definitely I think watching video, bearing down and paying attention," said Poturalski. "Obviously scoring goals is fun, but to win games you have to play well in the defensive zone."
That's something they're putting an emphasis on with drills in practice. With a team of 18 combined freshman and sophomores... that takes time.
"It's all about puck management, generating grade-A opportunities, even in practice," said Umile. "We scrimmage against ourselves, in the drills we're trying to keep the puck off the net, blocking shots, playing better without the puck."
Merrimack is next. It's a team that is disciplined defensively. They're 2-0-2 and will put the Wildcats explosive offense to the test.