College men's hockey: UMD opens series with win over Western Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Minnesota Duluth outscored Western Michigan during a key two minutes late in the second period en route to a 6-3 NCHC victory Friday night at Lawson Ice Arena.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Minnesota Duluth outscored Western Michigan during a key two minutes late in the second period en route to a 6-3 NCHC victory Friday night at Lawson Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs and Broncos wrap up the regular season at 6 p.m. Saturday in Kalamazoo.
Bedlam broke out in the second period with the Bulldogs and Broncos combining for seven goals, including five in a two-minute span -- three for UMD, two for Western Michigan -- during the final five minutes of the second.
Junior defenseman Willie Corrin gave UMD a 1-0 lead over Western 4 1/2 minutes into the second, but the Broncos tied the game 3 minutes later with a power play goal by sophomore center Sheldon Dries.
UMD senior wing Justin Crandall recorded a power play goal for the Bulldogs at 16:18 of the second after sophomore defenseman Willie Raskob toe dragged a Bronco defenseman before dishing to Crandall, who had a wide-open net to shoot at on the opposite side of the crease from Raskob.
Crandall’s power play goal was the first of five goals in two minutes. Western junior center Sam Mellor tied the game at 16:59 with his first goal of the season, freshman forward Karson Kuhlman gave UMD the lead again at 17:46, Western senior forward Justin Kovacs tied the game a third time at 17:59 and junior defenseman Andy Welinski gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead at the second intermission with his long-range blast at 18:18 of the second.
UMD sophomore center Dominic Toninato, who missed five games in February, gave UMD a two-goal lead midway through the third period with a snipe to the far, top corner. Toninato later added an empty-net, end-to-end, buzzer-beating goal for the final margin. They were the first goals since the middle of December for the Bulldogs' leading goal scorer.