Weekend Recap - Home Swept

Before the weekend arrived, the University of Minnesota Duluth knew they needed to snag some points from the upcoming Denver series.

Photo: Dave Harwig

But let's just go ahead and do some quick math here; 3-0 loss on Friday plus a 4-3 train-wreck loss on Saturday equals a couple of different things, but unfortunately much-needed conference points is not one of them.

Honestly, I couldn't tell you what happened Friday.  Plain and simple, it was an ugly college hockey game.  The Pioneers scored each of their three goals in different periods and only one of those was a power-play goal, which by the way was the only power-play goal of the night, a combined 1/13 effort between the two teams.  Ugly right?  Well, it doesn't exactly stop there.  Each team had 10 penalties; Denver lead with 28 minutes and the Bulldogs had 20 minutes.  The third period was by far the ugliest, filled with cross-checking, rough, misconduct penalties, and at one point Denver got away with 7 players skating for a solid 30 seconds.  Mind-boggling is the term I think we'd use here.

Saturday night looked a lot more promising for the young Bulldog team.  Matt McNeely started the game after following a rough loss the night before, and lineup changes weren't absolutely dramatic by any means.  But the Dogs were let out (Baha Men reference, never going to get old :)) and were flying after being caught standing the night before.

Caleb Herbert scored for the Pups just over a minute into the game, giving the Dogs their first lead, and goal, on the weekend.  It was a much needed goal and gave the Dogs that early momentum and put some energy into Amsoil Arena after being depleted of it the night before.  The second period was all about the freshman.  Austin Farley scored on a MUCH NEEDED power-play goal (0/6 the night before) from a beautiful pass from Tony Cameranesi to put the Dogs up by two and then Cameranesi took a turn and tallied a goal as the second period ended 3-1 in Bulldog favor.

Now I'm not quite sure what happened between periods with the Bulldogs, but I do know some kid almost won the free sub-a-week for a year challenge, literally hitting the board's edge in his full ice shot.  Anyway, let me give you a break down of what the hell happened.  Shawn Ostrow scored his second goal of the night at with a little under seven minutes remaining, closing the gap 3-2 Dogs still leading.  Then, just 36 seconds later Knowlton turned a failed breakout attempt by Duluth around and put one by McNeely to tie the game at three.  Now, as a Bulldog fan this has began to feel like the norm.  Typical blown leads and when Wade Bergman took a cross checking penalty just seconds after Knowlton's goal, we bit our tongues.  Nolan Zajac scored to put the Pioneers up 4-3 after they had been down by 3 goals just 1 MINUTE AND 31 SECONDS earlier.  Game over.

It was the first time the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs have been swept at home since the Minnesota Golden Gophers did it during that AWFUL series back in October of 2011.  Also, the second time the Dogs have been swept on the year.

My Seats.  He played decent at best...

It's not impossible, but I think it's safe to say the Dogs will not be playing a home game to kick off the WCHA playoffs.  Next weekend they host Minnesota State, followed by a trip to Bemidji State and then heading down to Minneapolis to take on the Goofers.

Costly turnovers, missed opportunities  bad special teams, and dumb penalties resulted in 0-point weekend.  Turn it around for next weekend?  Hopefully.  It's not like Minnesota State isn't playing well this year.

Scoring for the Weekend:
Caleb Herbert:  1-1-2
Tony Cameranesi:  1-1-2
Mike Seidel:  0-2-2
Austin Farley:  1-0-1
Justin Crandall:  0-1-1
Total:  3-5-8; 5 different players with points

Nolan Zajac:  2-1-3
Shawn Ostrow:  2-0-2
Joey LaLeggia:  1-1-2
Chris Knowlton:  1-1-2
Daniel Doremus:  0-2-2
Larkin Jacobson:  1-0-1
Grant Arnold:  0-1-1
Josiah Dider:  0-1-1
Ty Loney:  0-1-1
Zac Larraza:  0-1-1
David Makowski:  0-1-1
Juho Olkinuora:  0-1-1
Total:  7-11-18; 12 different players with points

Matt McNeely:  42/49 - 85.7%

Juho Olkinuora:  56/59 - 94.9%

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