After taking the week off for Thanksgiving, the last thing Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin expected was a turkey hangover Friday against Colorado College.
But that’s what he got.
Much to Sandelin’s relief, the Bulldogs awoke in time to pull out another NCHC victory.
“We got three points,” Sandelin said, wiping his brow and rubbing his eyes in a bit of disbelief. “After the first period, we needed something. Once we got the goal, we got going a little bit. It was hard.”
The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs (10-5 overall, 6-3 NCHC) fell behind
2-0 after the Tigers (3-9, 0-6) scored midway through the first period and early in the second, but rallied with three unanswered goals in the second, third and overtime periods for a 3-2 win before an announced crowd of 6,328 at Amsoil Arena.
Sophomore Kyle Osterberg scored the game-winning goal with 1:28 to play in OT after the initial shots by junior center Cal Decowski and senior wing Justin Crandall were stopped. Crandall fired the first shot while sandwiched between the bottom of the faceoff circle and end line, Decowski took a second crack at the puck from the right side of the crease before Osterberg found himself at the right place at the right time - a step in front of Decowski - to knock in the game-winner.
“I scored; I got lucky,” Osterberg said. “Justin made a really good play to Cal in front of the net. Cal went to the net and (the puck) just happened to be sitting there. I just banged it home. It was those two who did it for me.”
Junior center Tony Cameranesi, off a pass from freshman forward Karson Kuhlman, put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard and livened up the crowd with a goal 7:11 into the second period.
His goal came after Tigers sophomore wing Sam Rothstein scored his first of the season midway through the second; after UMD generated just two shots and no goals on three straight power plays; and following the third goal of the year by Tigers junior wing Hunter Fejes less than three minutes into the second period to put UMD down 2-0.
Sandelin said the first period felt similar to the Bulldogs’ first period Nov. 21 at Nebraska-Omaha. That night UMD also fell behind 2-0 before rallying for a 3-2 win in regulation.
“We played a little bit better in that game, especially early,” Sandelin said. “I didn’t like our first period tonight at all. That was probably our worst period we’ve had in a long time and it should be the opposite coming off the break.”
The reunion of sophomore wing Alex Iafallo, sophomore center Dominic Toninato and senior wing and captain Adam Krause resulted in the Bulldogs’ game-tying goal with just under three minutes to play.
Krause, who was playing his first game since breaking his wrist on Oct. 25 against Denver in Duluth, fired a shot on goal that bounced off Toninato right to Iafallo, who put the puck past freshman goalie Chase Perry to tie the game at 2-2. Seconds earlier, Iafallo had brought the puck into the zone cleanly and used a nifty move to maintain possession, but his initial shot missed wide.
“Dom just told me if that didn’t go in, he would have killed me, so it worked out pretty well,” Iafallo said about the tying goal. “I thought (the initial) shot was going to go in off the crossbar so I figured I might as well get this one. I just kind of strapped on the jets and had to put that one in there.”
Krause’s assist was his first point since Oct. 17 against Minnesota State-Mankato at Amsoil. The following night in Mankato, he played his last complete game from start to finish. He never finished the Oct. 24 game against Denver in Duluth because of a different, unrelated injury that he suffered the night before breaking his wrist.
“I was riding on a lot of energy and a lot of nerves the first two periods,” Krause said. “In the third, I felt it a little bit, but I wasn’t going to say anything because I got to play with Dom and Al. That was awesome; sooner than I expected.”
Krause started the game on the fourth line with freshmen Blake Young and Jared Thomas before replacing Crandall on the line he started the season on. Krause, Iafallo and Toninato combined for eight goals in the first six games this season prior to Krause’s injury.
“We made the switch there just to see if we could get a spark or something because we were just kind of flat,” said Sandelin, who moved Crandall to Decowski and Osterberg’s line. “It was nice to see that line do good things.”
Iafallo was just as happy to have the captain back on his line as Krause was to be there.
“It feels pretty good to have Krause back there,” Iafallo said with a wide smile. “He’s a great player and I’m excited to have him back on our line.”
Colorado College 1-1-0-0-2
Minnesota Duluth 0-1-1-1-3
First period - 1. CC, Sam Rothstein 1 (Cody Bradley, Scott Wamsganz), 10:06 (pp). Penalties - Andy Welinski, UMD (cross checking), 8:17; Duggie Lagrone, CC (interference), 11:03; Teemu Kivihalme, CC (interference), 14:06; bench minor, CC (too many players on the ice), 18:50.
Second period - 2. CC, Hunter Fejes 3 (Bradley), 2:57; 3. UMD, Tony Cameranesi 3 (Karson Kuhlman), 7:11. Penalties - None.
Third period - 4. UMD, Alex Iafallo 3 (Dominic Toninato, Adam Krause), 17:07. Penalties - Welinski, UMD (diving), 2:55; Luc Herdes, CC (high sticking), 5:22; Bradley, CC (high sticking), 11:26; Welinski, UMD (roughing), 11:26; Austin Farley, UMD (hooking), 14:29.
Overtime - 5. UMD, Kyle Osterberg (Cal Decowski, Justin Crandall), 3:32.
Shots on goal - CC 8-7-6-2-23; UMD 8-11-9-5-33. Goalies - Chase Perry, CC (33 shots-30 saves); Kasimir Kaskisuo, UMD (23-21). Power plays - CC 1-of-3; UMD 0-of-4. Referees - Scott Bokal, Derek Shepherd. Linesmen - Brandon Polich, Jeff Schultz. A - 6,328.