"Hot" Dogs sweep UNO

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs earn sweep over the Nebraska Omaha with 5-4 win Friday, 6-0 shutout on Saturday.

Photo: Dave Harwig

Now as a Bulldog fan, that was a dandy to watch.  UNO has slowly became more and more of a rival for UMD, especially after they pledged the NCHC just like we did.

Although I didn't exactly pick the Bulldogs to sweep #16 UNO, I figured they would pull out a victory, just not in the fashion that they did.

Photo: Dave Harwig

Friday

Friday's game still has me in an "awe" trance.  I witnessed one of the greatest comebacks I've seen this team make in quite sometime.  It was almost weird to be on the other end of the comeback side of things as the Dogs have fell multiple times this year after holding pretty decent leads.

The Red-Mavs found the board first with goals from Josh Archibald and Andrej Sustr before Austin Farley had a chance to cut UNO's lead 2-1.  Before the period ended, Zahn Raubenheimer scored on a Dan DeLisle interference penalty that gave UNO the 3-1 lead heading into the 2nd period.

The second period was about the Bulldogs.  Dan DeLisle buried a rebound to score his first goal in Amsoil on his 100th career game to put the Dogs down by one.  then, Joe Basaraba buried a goal to tie the game, followed by two powerplay goals by Mike Seidel to end the period, putting the Bulldogs up 5-3 entering the last period.

Unfortunately UNO just was unable to get anything going after Johnnie Searfoss scored to put the game at 5-4, which eventually ended up being the final score.

Nebraska Omaha junior and Hobey Baker front-runner Ryan Walters said, "We got a 5-minute powerplay that's always huge to try and get a goal but unfortunately they killed it off, which gave them a lot of momentum, and as a result they score 4 straight goals.  The third period came along and we got that goal (from Searfoss) right away and gave ourselves a chance but fell short tonight."

Minnesota Duluth senior Mike Seidel said, "We have everyone on the same page and we know we've been playing well the last couple of weeks and no one was hanging their head, even after the 5-minute penalty.  Every line came to play today and it was a really good effort for us."

(Highlight video coming soon)

Saturday

After Friday's game, Bulldog fans knew that Saturday's game was going to be full of energy.  UNO would be wanting revenge after falling short of a win while UMD wanted to keep the momentum and confidence high, hopefully earning another win.

Right out of the gate you could tell UNO was angry.  After the loss yesterday, they fell from 6th to 7th in the WCHA standings, meaning they had to win and hope for Denver to lose.  The anger showed on the ice as well, but not in a way beneficial for the Mavericks.

Austin Farley and Cal Decowski put the Dogs on the board during the first period, both off of powerplay goals that were beautifully set up.  This set the Bulldogs on a 2-0 lead due to penalties on UNO to start the second, just keep that in mind.

The second period was litered with penalties as well.  Joe Basaraba and Andy Welinski both had powerplay goals, pushing the game streak to four.  Now that it was 4-0 all on four, man-advantage goals, you'd think that UNO would maybe cool-down the amount of penalties they took, right?

The third period was literally about the same.  Dominic Zombo took a ridiculously vicious major penalty on a hit from behind allowing Joe Basaraba to score the fifth straight powerplay goal, giving the Dogs the 5-nill lead.  Lastly, Mike Seidel found the back of the net and the game ended 6-0 with an Aaron Crandall shutout.

Fancy right?

Nebraska Omaha coach Dean Blais said, "We a hit a couple pipes right away and no puck luck, but you have to give them (UMD) credit the way they moved the puck and executed.  It didn't seem to matter what we did, they found a way to take advantage of our mistakes."

Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said, "Like last night, we took advantage on the powerplay and I like the way our guys played.  I thought our guys played hard to give Aaron the shutout, and after last Saturday that's two-in-a-row (Aaron on shutouts)."

(Highlight video coming soon)

Photo: Dave Harwig

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