Bulldogs Shutout & Shutdown Chargers 4-0

The University of Minnesota Duluth keeps Alabama Huntsville scoreless on Saturday night 4-0 to earn weekend sweep.

I know it's just Alabama Huntsville but come on now!  Wins this season aren't going to come unless things click, and tonight things were clicking very well.

Also, run these numbers through:
  • Aaron Crandall gives the Dogs their second shutout of the season
  • 89 shots on goal for the weekend
  • 4 goals on 11 powerplay attempts (36%)
  • 0 goals allowed on 8 penalty kills (100%)
  • 4 goals Friday + 4 goals Saturday = 8 goals this weekend
  • 24 points from 15 different players
  • 7 players scored, Cameranesi had 2
  • 4 points for both Tony Cameranesi and Austin Farley
Impressive against any team.  This is still division 1 college hockey, keep that in mind.

(McLeod Photography)

When the puck dropped it took but a few minutes until the Bulldogs established the dominance they displayed the night before.  As the period was closing in on the eight minute mark, Austin Farley hit Tony Cameranesi with a beautiful pass while flying down the ice on a 2 on 1.  Cameranesi put the back in back of the net to put the Pups on the board first, 1-0.

Aaron Crandall played a hell of a first period as far as the goaltending went.  His "save of the night" came with a minute and a half left in the period, robbing Graeme Strukoff at least twice on one drive.

Strukoff took a major penalty in frustration, probably because Crandall robbed him :), that gave the Bulldogs a five minute power play to have some fun with.  Mike Seidel was able to find the netting first on the man-advantage by putting a Cameranesi rebound by goalie John Griggs, giving the Dogs the 2-0 lead with more than three minutes of power play time.

Then it was Austin Farley's turn to add a tally to the board.  Still on the same power play, Farley dumped the puck down low to Caleb Herbert, who passed it back to Farley while driving the net to Put the Dogs up 3-0.  The first time in quite some time the Dogs were able to score twice in a major power play.

Between Adam Krause, Austin Farley and Andy Welinski at least five different Chargers were leveled to the ground in the second period.  If that didn't fill your appetite for entertainment, Justin Crandall almost de-jocked John Griggs when he tried to dangle around and Krause, continuing to have the an excellent game, was denied on a breakaway that came from stellar defensive play.

Wade Bergman finished the game's scoring, but did it in style.  Bergman literally skated the length of the rink, dangling and slipping by Chargers and finally firing a wrister by Griggs to put the Dogs up 4-0.

Aaron Crandall earned his first shutout of the year and third of his career by stopping 23 shots.

"Getting the first one early was a big momentum builder for us, anytime we can go out and get the first one we're a pretty good team." Crandall said.

Alabama Huntsville played hard, but the talent just wasn't there.  The missed passes, neutral zone turnovers and disappointing special teams lead to the amount of goals UAH scored, which was zero.

"We're just not there." explained UAH coach and Grand Rapids native Kurt Kleinendorst,"We will be and we're going to be fine!  Right now our program has some work to do, but that's what this exercise is all about.  We can play gritty, we can compete, we can hang in there, we just struggle to finish anybody off."

The Adam Krause-Dan DeLisle-Cal Decowski line played very well.  They were effective both offensively and defensively throughout the entire game.  Decowski has developed into a great player this year which adds a great deal of potential to this line.  I hope Sandy keeps this one together, they play great together.

The Bulldogs host Nebraska Omaha next weekend in their last regular season game as part of the WCHA.  Nebraska Omaha was swept at home last weekend by Wisconsin, but swept the Dogs earlier this year when the Pups took the road to Omaha.

"Hopefully our guys can have a good week and keep building, because it won't be easy next weekend against that team (UNO)." UMD coach Scott Sandelin.

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