Bulldogs Top Chargers 4-2

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs score four times to roll by the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 4-2.

Well I guess I'm not too sure how happy to be after beating Alabama Huntsville, but hey, a win's a win!

It was a much needed win for the Dogs who were riding a nine game winless streak heading into Friday night.  If you can remember back, it was in Colorado College when the Bulldogs had last pulled off their last "W", 3-2.

I know it's Alabama Huntsville, I know it's expected to beat these guys, but this was more than a win for these guys.  After such a tremendous display of hockey the Dog's played last week and to come back up to Duluth without a win left the Dogs hurting.  The two scenarios that could have played out were we either beat Huntsville pretty good, or we catch the "Gopher Hangover" only to be beat after playing so well a week earlier.

I would say the game was played pretty evenly through the first period.  Alabama-Huntsville was able to get on the board first on a power play goal.  With four seconds left in the Penalty, UAH put a backdoor shot by UMD goalie Matt McNeely.

The whole arena, well the few people that showed up, all took a big inhale as if we all thought, "here we go again".

The Bulldogs proved everyone wrong pretty quick after.  Joe Basaraba walked in and took a hard wrister at UAH goalie John Griggs and Tony Cameranesi beat Griggs to the rebound and packed it in back to tie the game at 1's.

The second period started off right away with momentum glowing in light of the Dogs, especially after UAH's Jeff Vanderlugt took a minor penalty for elbowing.  The power play allowed Chris Casto to walk in on Griggs and blow a shot over his shoulder to give the Dogs the lead.

First lead of the night off a pretty good-looking pass from Justin Crandall over to Casto who earned his third goal of the year.

Shortly after, Adam Krause took a major penalty and game misconduct, which Austin Farley served for some off reason, on a very weak contact to the head call.  It looked more like he was finishing the check and got his arms a little to high on another player he had more size than.

It didn't matter in the end, as UMD killed the 5-minute major penalty and kept the momentum in full force making Griggs play on high-alert.

Captain Cody Danberg, who's been playing a hell of a lot better after scoring in Bemidji, scored again which eventually ended up being the game winner.  He gave the Dogs a 3-1 lead after burying a rebound off a shot from Keegan Flaherty to end the period.

Alabama's second goal was pretty soft.  If I had to guess, McNeely lost his location around the net and let in a narrow angled shot from Doug Reid of UAH.  Not to take any credit from Reid, it was a heckuva shot, or McNeely who made some stellar saves, just taking a guess.

Justin Crandall gave the Pups their second power play goal of the night off a beautiful pass across the crease from Cal Decowski.  Completely caught Griggs off guard to put the Dogs up 4-2.

That ended the game as far as scoring went.  The last goal was pretty damn impressive, especially Decowski's pass.  The freshman has slowly seen more and more playing time, deservingly.  He's developed a tremendous amount so far this year.

Also of note, Caleb Herbert and Mike Seidel were absolutely robbed a couple of times.  Herbert hit the post three times and Seidel came up blank off a few beautiful shots.  They both played very nice games, but came out pointless unfortunately.

The penalty kill unit played awesome.  The six penalties those guys killed off last night were not all minors.  The fantastic effort from Hendrickson, Danberg and Flaherty is something that needs to be seen right now if the Dogs want to play in the Final Five.

Last few notes here: Keegan Flaherty left in the third period after a hit and didn't return, I haven't heard anything on his status but if it's anything remotely threatening to his ice-time next weekend don't expect him to play.  Also, Dan DeLisle took a hit from someone and went down.  On his way back up, the UAH player shoved his head back down, which he didn't enjoy.  I wanted to clarify that in the highlight video below.

Oh yeah, and our sisters to the south, the Gophers, were shutout 2-0 last night.  :)


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