Friday Recap - Ohio State


I thought for sure we were going to see headlines this morning stating how Brady Hjelle left town with Howie Hanson after tUMD wiped their feet on the doormat of the Big Ten.

Recapping now, tUMD won 6 to 2 in a very thrilling game, beating Ohio State (no "the").

First period was absolutely fantastic.  As soon as the Dogs were let out they went nuts.  Freshman Austin Farley scored on his first shift as a Bulldog with a fantastic setup from freshman Tony Cameranesi.  If you could imagine, Amsoil about blew its roof off.

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Tardy was soon sent off for slashing and Anthony Greco of OSU put one pass Aaron Crandall to tie the game at one.

When the first period ended UMD was up 4 to 1 with goals by Basaraba, Seidel and J. Crandall.  Dog fans were delighted to see that one of the biggest questions the dogs were going to face, who could score goals, was easily sorting itself out.

The second period belong to OSU.  Crandall gave up a pretty weak 5-hole shot that squeezed through and rolled in.  So by the end of the buzzer, Dogs were still ahead 4 to 2.

Period number 3 went right back to THE University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.  Seidel had another beautiful goal and freshman Andy Welinski had one hell of a snipe from deeper back.  Game ended in the puppies favor of 6 to 2 and was a fantastic way to start off the season.

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The freshman looked absolutely fantastic.  Austin Farley, who everyone knew was going to be good, came out with fire, even burying a puck on his first shift.  The kid can skate very well, he's quick, has nice hands and his rep says he can run his mouth.  Sound familiar?  Could be our JT Brown-like replacement.

Tony Cameranesi played much better than I had thought he would.  He was quick and looked like he'd already had a year of college hockey under his belt.  His passes were crisp and clean and he definitely played a roll in the W.

Andy Welinski started slow but eventually turned it up.  The kid can flat out play.  By the third period he was playing aggressive both offensively and defensively and worked very well with Drew Olson, his line mate.  He's gonna have a great presence this year on the blue-line and give UMD that offensive d-man we've wanted since Mr. Faulk departed.

Other players to note would be Caleb Herbert, who we all knew would come out hungry, did.  Mike Seidel who found the back of the net twice and looked great with his linemates.  Jake Hendrickson played very well defensively and looked very hungry, he's gonna have a solid year.  Justin Crandall came out and played right from his first shift and his brother Aaron did a great job in net, giving up only one soft goal, but making other fantastic saves.

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As we all know, Dick Stewart passed away earlier this year at the age of 92 just nine days after his wife, Maxine passed away.  To remember him and his dedication to Duluth hockey and the UMD program, UMD did a fantastic drop of many small wind socks from the catwalk above the student section, that resembled Dick's original.  It was touching moment to all who remember him.

In other news, my reference to Howie Hanson above is from an article he wrote on his blog basically stating how UMD is going to have a terrible season.  You can find that article HERE.

I'd also like to share one last picture with ya'll.  Mr. @BeckSauce3 giving Brady Hjelle constant crap through the glass.

I'll see ya'll tonight!