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Lars answers all your questions about how they played the final UMd faceoff

I felt it was correctly played (drap yourself over Bernhardt and other offensive players, allow the UMd faceoff man to shoot), but others here had questions. Well, Lars answers them all in his interview on Yard Sale (link below). Lars segment starts at the 7:00 minute mark and they talk about the final faceoff at the 9:15 mark.

Lars's comments:

* Bernhardt lined up on the faceoff wing, so they were going to keep longpole Conners on Bernhardt.

* Md put their two fastest players on the faceoff wings, Bernhardt and Kyle Long.

* Sallade was on the other wing, and he would cut off any breakaway, but they didn't want to totally leave Kyle Long wide open because the Md faceoff man Wierman could push it to Long and Long would sprint down and get a shot off. (This explains why UVA didn't have the wing men lined up just to cut off the break, as some were wondering.)

* Md had 3 other great shooters down on the offensive side (Wisnauskas, DeMaio, Maltz), so UVA decided to play the faceoff straight up.

* Md coach Tillman drew it up perfectly and they played it perfectly. The Md faceoff man timed to whistle well and won. UVA slid late to the faceoff man, and Sallade just got to him but Wierman got a shot off.

* They wanted Petey to muck it up but it might have been Petey's competitive nature to try to win the faceoff outright.

Also, Anish comments that they were rooting for a close game and prefer an exciting tight finish versus a blowout, so that could explain what some feel are Anish's anti-UVA bias (which I don't sense) and comments favoring the opponents in previous games. In fact, later in the video, he gushes about Shellenberger.

Link: Yard Sale episode 10

Posted: 06/03/2021 at 10:15AM


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