Saturday Recap - 4-4 in Houghton

The University of Minnesota Duluth and the Michigan Technological University skate to a 4-4 tie, tUMD grabbing 3 of 4 points for the weekend.

It's hard to complain about a 3 point weekend, especially the way our season has been going thus far.  But the dogs at 2 points, had a 2 goal lead through the night, only to end up giving the lead away each time.  So frustrating, yes, but we'll definitely take the 3 points, especially on the road.

Aaron Crandall got the start for the Dogs, replacing Matt McNeely who started the night before.  Max Tardy took Austyn Young's place on the fourth line and Luke McManus eventually left with an upper body injury at some point during the first.  So Sandy did stay with te Farley-Crandall-Herbert line that played well from the night before.


It was pretty obvious that the Huskies would come out with a little bit more fire then Friday night, and they did when the puck dropped.  So tUMD didn't get the dominant start that they had the night before, but Mike Seidel did get the Pups on the board first off a power play goal from Austin Farley and Wade Bergman putting the Dogs up 1-0 14-minutes into the game.  Farley scored a couple minutes later from Welinski to make it 2-0.  At this point the dogs were up 2 by the time the period ended, shots at 10-12 in favor of Tech.

Second period was a little more ugly, as only one goal was scored by David Johnstone of Michigan Tech, cutting UMD's lead in half.  Dan DeLisle and Brad Stebner took matching roughing penalties in which you could assume about the type of play that was going on.  In a positive light, UMD did outshoot the Huskies 17-2 that period.  It just wasn't those quality shots we needed.

So the third period started about and a couple minutes into the game Adam Krause ran over Tech's goalie, Kevin Genoe, putting MTU on a power play.  Jujhar Khaira was able to find a hole on the power play to even the score at 2, which was an absolute fast palm for us tUMD fans as we gave up our first 2 goal lead.  But, when we got another power play chance, Tony Cameranesi beat Genoe with a pass from Welinski and Bergman to give the Pups back the lead, 3-2.  Then, believe it or not, Caleb Herbert scored his 2nd of the weekend from Welinski and J. Crandall giving the Dogs back that 2 goal lead.  But go figure, a couple minutes later Blake Pietila cut UMD's lead to 1, which had us fans smacking our head again.  The Dogs fought and fought but when tMTU pulled Genoe, Steven Seigo scored with just 50 seconds left in the game to tie it at 4.  So the Dogs gave up 2 2-goal leads which wasn't fun to see, but at least we didn't lose.

Overtime belong to us.  Seriously.  The Dogs kept the Huskies from getting a shot for the entire length of OT.  Good pressure allowed us to get 5 shots on Genoe but none that could squeeze through.  The game ended in a tie.

So, looking at it knowing nothing about the game, it was a good 3 point weekend for the Pups.  But, knowing they gave up 2 2-goal leads is hard to swallow, as points will start to become more and more important as the fight for home ice is ever so important.

The "new" second line played pretty well again last night going 2-2-4 and +4 while the "new first line went 2-0-2 and -4.  Farley had himself a good weekend with 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points and Herbert broke his scoreless drought with a 2-goal weekend.

Scoring for the Night:
Andy Welinski  0-3-3
Austin Farley  1-1-2
Wade Bergman  0-2-2
Mike Seidel  1-0-1
Tony Cameranesi  1-0-1
Caleb Herbert  1-0-1
Justin Crandall  0-1-1

Alex Petan  0-3-3
Jujhar Khaira  1-1-2
Ryan Furne  0-2-2
Blake Pietila  1-0-1
Steven Seigo  1-0-1
David Johnstone  1-0-1
Riley Sweeney  0-1-1

Aaron Crandall  22/26  T

Kevin Genoe  33/37  T