Saturday Recap - North Dakota

North Dakota defeats Minnesota Duluth with 30 seconds left in overtime, 4-3.

I have mixed feelings about this game.  I haven't seen the Bulldogs play this well in a couple of weeks, so that is always good to see, but I still think we should have won that game.  Very physical game; probably one of the best periods of hockey i've seen in recent series was the first period.  Both goalies played very, very well and I am now convinced McNeely has a ability to see through people to stop pucks.

(Photo: Peter Bottini

First period was, well, AMAZING.  Seriously, awesome.  Right out of the gate the Dogs were flying and getting opportunities.  With under 3 minutes into the game the Dogs struck first with Hendrickson taking a DeLisle rebound and burying it.  But seriously, credit to Danny DeLisle who hustled like a dog to make that play happen.  But, a couple seconds later Danny Kristo put a backhander by McNeely to even the score at 1.  And around 30 seconds after that Casto took a hard shot from the point and Seidel tipped it, putting it under UND freshman tender Zane Gothberg to give the Dogs a 2-1 lead.  Then before the period ended, Dogs went to the powerplay.  Bergman had the puck at the point, dropped it down to Cameranesi who walked around Gothberg to put the Pups up 3-1.  One of the coolest goals i've seen a freshman score all year.

The start of the 2nd period was all about McNeely and the Bulldog Penalty kill.  McNeely made quite a few nice saves until Derek Forbort was able to take a powerful wrister from up top to put UND back within 1 goal.  Then with 5:10 left in the period, all hell broke loose.  Literally.  DeLisle had a little bit of a boarding and then Rodwell went insane.  A huge fight broke out in front of the Bulldog bench.  MacWilliam was thrown into the bench, Casto ended up with his helmet off, and Basaraba and Rodwell ended up on the ice.  After all was said and done, there were 6 Bulldogs and 4 UND skaters in the penalty box.  The period ended with UMD killing a nice 5x3 for awhile and then somehow we ended on a powerplay.  Lots of dings off the pipe in that period.  Very physical.

Period 3 was intense.  Literally a recipe for a heart attack and my anxiety level was through the roof.  UND score with 14:08 left in the period, tieing the score at 3.  I hate this goal.  I can't exactly remember who it was, but there was a Bulldog dragged down in the UND zone as they were breaking out which was obvious and not called, which allowed the goal to happen.  Complete bull.  The rest of the period went back and forth.  The Dogs had a couple of failed power play attempts, but Seidel, Cameranesi, Farley and get this, Wade Bergman had a couple of nice chances.  Bergman even made a slick little move around a defenseman to get a shot off.

When regulation ends and the game is tied, that means overtime.  Hendo rung the pipe just 12 seconds in which sucks knowing the outcome, but it was a nice shot.  Then Cameranesi put a shot on the Gothberg let float in front for a few seconds before gloving it.  Smith had a nice shot from the point as well, and had Zane not sucked it up, Farley was right there and could have ended it.  Then with 34 seconds remaining in the game, Kristo slid a pass to Mark MacMillan who put it by McNeely to end the game.  4-3.

There is no doubt UMD could have and should have won that game.  The Dogs outshot UND 17-7 in the last half of the game, and 31-30 overall.  Powerplay wasn't all there tonight, going 1/5 and UND going 1/7; and get this, Dogs had 16 penalties for 40 minutes vs North Dakota's 13 for 26 minutes.  How bad is that?  Undisciplined?  Yes.  But we did play a hell of a lot better.  And obviously if any game is going to bring out the cheap play its going to be against UND.

Scoring for the night:
Mike Seidel  1-1-2
Tony Cameranesi  1-1-2
Jake Henderickson  1-0-1
Dan DeLisle  0-1-1
Wade Bergman  0-1-1
Chris Casto  0-1-1
Keegan Flaherty  0-1-1

Mark MacMillan  2-1-3
Danny Kristo  1-2-3
Corban Knight  0-2-2
Derek Forbort  1-0-1
Dillon Simpson  0-1-1
Connor Gaarder  0-1-1

McNeely  26/30

Gothberg  28/31

Dogs are at home next weekend against a tough St. Cloud State team who sat who with a bye week this week.  Again, thanks to UND Sports for having this video out and ready to go in a timely manner.  This is the highlight tape from last night.  Enjoy.