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College men's hockey: Bulldogs blank Colorado College, salvage split

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Third-ranked Minnesota Duluth was able to salvage a series split at Colorado College on Saturday, scoring three goals in a span of four minutes en route to a 6-0 victory over the unranked Tigers in conference play at Br...

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Third-ranked Minnesota Duluth was able to salvage a series split at Colorado College on Saturday, scoring three goals in a span of four minutes en route to a 6-0 victory over the unranked Tigers in conference play at Broadmoor World Arena.

Sophomore defenseman Dylan Samberg, sophomore wing Koby Bender and senior center Peter Krieger scored in the second while freshman center Jackson Cates, sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson and Bender tacked on goals in the third.

The Bulldogs dropped from second to third in the NCHC after Friday’s 4-1 loss in Colorado Springs, but thanks to Saturday’s win and a 6-3 loss by Western Michigan at Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday, UMD will head into its final bye week back in the No. 2 position in the league, though eight points back of first-place St. Cloud State.

“It was a big gut-check for us,” Krieger said. “We know what we’re capable of and we know what we have inside the room. When we get everyone rolling in the right direction, which we need to do and we had tonight, it shows. We have depth, we have guys contributing from all parts of the lineup. That’s what we need. That’s our recipe for success.”

Junior goaltender Hunter Shepard finished with 23 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 13th of his career after making 13 stops in the opening 20 minutes to keep the game scoreless.

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The Bulldogs’ offense then came to life in the second, starting with a power-play goal by Samberg 3:53 into the first period. The successful rip from the blue line was the third goal in four games for the Hermantown native and fifth of the season.

Bender and Krieger made it 3-0 by scoring a pair of pretty goals within 1:25 of each other. Bender, who picked up his first goal as a Bulldog a week ago at home against Nebraska-Omaha, contorted his way around Tigers sophomore center Troy Conzo to score off the rush. Krieger, on a zone entry off a neutral-zone faceoff win, then sniped a shot to the far top corner after taking a nifty backhanded pass from sophomore defenseman Scott Perunovich.

Cates’ fifth goal of his rookie year came off a rebound just over four minutes into the third. Anderson and Bender scored on a major power play in the final minute after Tigers freshman center Grant Cruikshank was ejected for spearing Krieger.

“It was a good response,” said Sandelin, who on Friday called the defeat as poor of a game as his team has played all year. “We talked about things we needed to clean up. The only thing I didn’t like was the penalties in the first period. We talked about that and our guys had great discipline the rest of the game. I thought we got better as the game went on for sure and it was nice to see some different guys score.”

Shots on goal in the first period were heavily in the Tigers’ favor, 13-6, though attempts were even at 18 apiece.

Colorado College’s advantage in the first came in part due to a pair of power plays via a questionable roughing call on junior defenseman Nick Wolff and a scrum that landed three Bulldogs in the penalty box compared to just two for Colorado College.

Take away the Colorado College power plays - UMD had none in the first - and shots on goal were 9-6 in favor of the Tigers while attempts were 18-10 Bulldogs, who had six blocked and six fail to hit the net.

UMD outshot the Tigers 33-10 over the final two periods after a 16-3 second.

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“When we have the puck as much as we did in the second and third tonight, it’s going to be tough for them to get a lot going because they are defending so much,” said Shepard, the Bulldogs’ single season and career leader in shutouts. “We have the capability of doing that and when we play hard and we’re on the same page and not giving up odd man rushes and stuff like that, that’s how we got to play.

“We played almost a full 60-minute game tonight. If we keep playing like that, we’ll be tough to beat down the stretch.”

  • Bender was in the lineup again Saturday because freshman wing Tanner Laderoute did not travel with the team after suffering an injury last Friday against Nebraska-Omaha in Duluth. Sandelin said Laderoute has recovered from his injury, but fell ill this week.

Minn. Duluth 0-3-3-6
Colo. College 0-0-0-0 First period - No scoring. Penalties - Nick Wolff, UMD (roughing), 10:09; Riley Tufte, UMD (cross checking), 15:31; Justin Richards, UMD (roughing), 15:31; Wolff, UMD (roughing), 15:31; Trevor Gooch, CC (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:31; Westin Michaud, CC (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:31..
Second period - 1. UMD, Dylan Samberg 5 (Mikey Anderson, Parker Mackay), 3:53 (pp); 2. UMD, Koby Bender 2 (Jade Miller, Nick Wolff), 6:25; 3. UMD, Peter Krieger 13 (Scott Perunovich, Noah Cates), 7:50. Penalties - Mason Bergh, CC (hooking), 3:08; Zach Berzolla, CC (interference), 19:15.
Third period - 4. UMD, Jackson Cates 5 (Billy Exell, Louie Roehl), 4:19; 5. UMD, MIkey Anderson 4 (Cole Koepke, Tufte), 19:28 (pp); 6. UMD, Bender 3 (Jade Miller, Roehl), 19:59 (pp). Penalties - Grant Cruikshank, CC (spearing major and game misconduct), 18:56.
Shots on goal - UMD 6-16-17-39; CC 13-3-7-23. Goalies - Hunter Shepard, UMD (23 shots-23 saves); Alex Leclerc, CC (39-36). Power plays - UMD 3-of-5; CC 0-of-2. Referees - Gino Binda, Ian Croft. Linesmen - Gary Pedigo, Dylan Peper. Att. - 4,391.

 

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