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Sertich, UMD seniors make it one for the storybooks

Following Friday night's dissapointing UMD loss, Colin Anderson and the Bulldogs obviously got a hold of the script detailing how Saturday night's game against the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks was supposed to go.

Following Friday night's dissapointing UMD loss, Colin Anderson and the Bulldogs obviously got a hold of the script detailing how Saturday night's game against the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks was supposed to go.
Anderson, a senior, scored two goals and added an assist en route to a 5-3 UMD victory on "Senior Night," giving Bulldogs' head coach Mike Sertich a win in his final DECC coaching appearance.
For the Bulldogs, it was their third solid performance in a row, as the much-maligned UMD power play came to life with four goals, and senior goaltender Brant Nicklin returned to form with his first win in six outings.
"For sure (it was great to finally get a win)," said Nicklin. "And right before the playoffs is the perfect time. In a couple of those games I didn't play my best, so it was good for my confidence and for the team's confidence to get one."
The highlights stretched into the first intermission for the Bulldogs, who said goodbye along with 4,305 fans at the DECC to Sertich, who strode gallantly to center ice and paid tribute to his supporters with a final stick salute. It was a proud finale for Sertich, who was introduced with his family and presented with a UMD jersey complete with the number seven that Sertich wore during his playing days at UMD. Bob Corran, UMD's athletic director and head of the search committee faced with the task of finding a new coach, did the presenting and was booed lustily by the Duluth crowd.
"It was a special night," said Sertich. "We definitely have a very special place. They're real hockey fans here. They love their hockey."
As for the game, Sertich was delighted with his team's effort.
"It was a big weekend. We needed to win two points. We didn't want to go to Grand Forks -- that was the message all week," said Sertich, whose Bulldogs clinched eighth place with the win and a trip to St. Cloud this weekend to face the third-place Huskies in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
And as the final seconds slipped off the clock, ensuring the UMD victory, Sertich sprang into a mild, but satisfying celebration with his assistant Jim Knapp on the UMD bench. It was the pair's 349th win together at UMD, a mark that may be improved this weekend in St. Cloud and is sure to stand at UMD for quite some time.

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