UMD makes it eight straight victories over the Gophers in opening round of Ice Breaker tourney
Let’s make it eight straight victories over the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team for the University of Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team. Parker Mackay’s fluke overtime goal 1:45 into the overtime period lifts the Bulldogs 4-3 over the Gophers.
Looking sharp from puck drop it would be the Bulldogs that would strike first in the contest. Freshman Mikey Anderson buried a one-time slap shot on a man advantage from the bottom of the right circle at 7:56 mark to give the Bulldogs a 1-0.
Despite severely outshooting the Gophers through two periods (29-12), the Bulldogs trailed 2-1 heading into the final period of play. An even strength goal from junior forward Tommy Novak and a power play tally from freshman forward Scott Reedy were the were the two gopher strikes that came in the middle frame.
Sophomore Riley Tufte picked up right where he left off last season scoring his first goal of the season 23 seconds into third period on the power play. Tufte’s goal would equalize the game at two apiece but for only a brief moment. Less than three minutes later, junior winger Jack Ramsey gave Minnesota the lead with his one-time slap shot from the slot.
Getting even with his younger brother, sophomore Joey Anderson tied things up again in the third period just 40 seconds later.
“It was a good gut check and I thought our guys responded very well,” said UMD head coach Scott Sandelin. “I thought our play at times was very good and I thought we were a harder team to play against. I liked our effort and our game, its not going to be a perfect 60-minute game but for early in the year I thought our guys fought through somethings and showed a lot of character battling back.”
The Bulldogs compete for the inaugural Ice Breaker championship tomorrow night against Michigan Tech University at 7:37 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Brett Groehler