Sunday Morning Hangover - Bulldogs Avoid Sweep

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs take a point from the #2 University of Minnesota Gophers in a well-fought battle away from home.

Directly comparing this series to last series, the amount differences that can be noted are outrageous.  Last weekend the outcome was the exact same; the Bulldogs earned only a single point on the road against Bemidji State.  The only thing is, last weekend I watched some of the worst hockey i've seen all season, and this weekend the Bulldogs played very well.

Friday's game was very intense.  Nate Condon put a puck by McNeely in the first to open up scoring, which is still debatable as McNeely seemed have pulled it back before the puck had a chance to roll across the line completely.  Haula embarassed the Dogs to start of the second by putting in a shorty the Dogs allowed while a man up, but Justin Crandall scored a power play goal just moments later by pounding one by Gopher Adam Wilcox.

Austin Farley tied the game at two's a bit later with a bunch of credit going to Tony Cameranesi, who relentlessly took the puck from Budish, Basaraba put the puck on net and Farley buries it to tie the game.

Moments later Sam Warning pulled a nice move around Andy Welinski to slide the puck by McNeely, putting the Goofers up one.  It wasn't nearly as dirty as Herbert's nastiness he pulled on Kent Patterson last year, but it was still a cute little gopher goal.

Austin Farley put the Pups back in the game with another power play goal to tie the game back up.  Cameranesi put a shot on that went off the post and near Farley who rifled it in.  It ended up being the last tally the Dogs would find for the night, unfortunately, but it was a much needed power play goal.

Saturday night brought yet another awesome night of college hockey.  Unfortunately I was unable to find Bulldog highlights, so just use your child-like imagination.  With Mariucci filled with maroon and gold both teams took the ice for the second night in a row, Dogs hoping to avoid a sweep while the Gophers hoping to earn all four points.

Little Mike Reilly put the Goofs up on the scoreboard first during a Bulldog penalty for too many men. Reilly walked in from upper slot to blast a wrister by McNeely.  It was unfortunate to watch Reilly be able to walk that far in and take a clean shot like he did, but I think the Pups learned after that one.

The second period belonged to the Pups as far as goals go.  Kyle Rau took a dumb penalty for slashing which lead to Austin Farley's third tally on the weekend as well as the tying goal.  Assists went to Herbert and Welinski.

The third period was excellent.  Tom Serratore put the Gophers up on a wrap-around goal that went right over McNeely's leg, giving the big sister school the lead 2-1.  A little later Jake Hendrickson scored the game-tying goal from Flaherty and Decowski that gave a great big sigh of relief to the many Bulldog fans in Minneapolis, and sent the game to overtime.

In overtime, the Gophers took a dumb "too many men" penalty which put the Dogs on the power play. I really wish they would have been able to convert and shut down the series with a split, but we can't always get what we want, right?  The game ended in a 2-2 tie, much like  I had hoped earlier in the week, and I was able to leave Mariucci with zero scratches and only four "asshole" chants in the student section.

It was great to see a large number of Bulldog fans not only at the game, but at the bars and out and about before and after the game.  The atmosphere during the weekend was awesome, which probably had a lot to do with the Pup's display of hockey, especially after last weekend.

The Bulldogs head back home next weekend to host Alabama Huntsville.  Should be an awesome series in which we all hope to see the same team we saw this weekend, skate next weekend.  But with a young team comes inconsistent play, and I think we've learned that this year.  Hopefully, we fixed the problems of the past and can skate right over Bama-Hunts.


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