Minneapolis, MN – An overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall ended a great matchup between the Rink Rats and Timberjacks last night, and put the Rink Rats winless in their last 5 games. The Rink Rats have struggled mightily during their road trip with many players having negative streaks against them. The recent “shakeup” by the club offered little assistance as the majority of the team’s top wingers are hit with -1 streaks and Daymond Langkow, the playoff hero for the Rats last season, has also been hit with a -1 streak after scoring 2 goals in last night’s game.
The Rink Rats will travel to face off against the Fighting Irish in their upcoming game and the team only hopes that this one will break their winless streak. The FIRISH are placed last in the Campbell Conference and are 6 games winless themselves. Head coach Dan Bylsma continues to push the fact that the season is young and there is a lot of hockey left to be played.
“We know we have a lot of talent here in Minnesota,” stated Bylsma. “We just need to put everything together and get our guys on a roll. Once we get rid of some of those negative streaks we should start winning more consistently and putting solid numbers on the board. We knew coming into this stretch there were going to be some losses and we may come out winless – these are tough games, but we played ok. There’s a lot of hockey left to be played and I think once we start getting to play teams in our division we’ll be right in the mix come playoff time.”
Other than a game against the Corinths, Minnesota feels really good about the next 10 games knowing there are some wins out there. With crucial games against divisional rivals coming up, the Rats must get some wins and go above .500 during this next 10 game stretch.