ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Minnesota Duluth owned the third period a week ago at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, scoring a combined five goals to gain ground in the NCHC standings with a win and tie against Western Michigan.
There were no heroics for the Bulldogs over the final 20 minutes on Friday, however, as St. Cloud State pulled off a 2-1 upset win for its fifth-straight victory over UMD at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
The Huskies, minus leading scorer Sam Hentges, took a 2-1 lead into the third period and held on despite being outshot 18-4 in the third.
"That's a game where our D had to play their best and I think they did. Our goalie had to play his best," said St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson, the Duluth native and former player and assistant coach at UMD. "We couldn't generate any offense really at times so we're going to have to do a better job there tomorrow night for sure."
Both of SCSU's goals on Friday bounced into the back of the Bulldogs’ net off Bulldogs’ defensemen.
Junior defenseman Luke Jaycox was credited with the first Huskies goal that put the Bulldogs down 1-0 in the first period when his shot went in off UMD sophomore defenseman Jake Rosenbaum.
The eventual game-winner went to SCSU freshman wing Chase Brand, who received an assist from the skate of UMD senior defenseman Jarod Hilderman.
UMD, whose last win in St. Cloud came on Nov. 5, 2016, scored on its first power play of the evening with under five minutes remaining in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. Junior wing Kobe Roth scored his ninth goal of the season to finish off a power play passing clinic put on by the brothers Noah and Jackson Cates.
The Bulldogs had four more chances on the power play, including two in the third, but failed to find another game-tying goal to finish just 1-for-5.
"Our power play needed to be better," UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. "We needed to execute a couple plays. Even at the end, we didn't execute. We missed the net three times. You got to hit the net to create second chances. Guys are trying to score goals from long-range out."
Bulldogs senior goaltender Hunter Shepard, making his 102nd consecutive start, finished with 20 saves. Huskies junior goalie David Hrenak made 32 stops.
UMD came into the weekend second in the NCHC standings, just three points back of first-place North Dakota. Friday’s result puts the Bulldogs five points back going into Saturday’s 4:07 p.m. rematch at St. Cloud State following North Dakota’s tie and shootout win at Miami. The Fighting Hawks visit Amsoil Arena next weekend.
Minnesota Duluth 1-0-0—1
St. Cloud State 1-1-0—2
First period — 1. SCSU, Luke Jaycox 3 (Easton Brodzinski, Nolan Walker), 11:59; 2. UMD, Kobe Roth 9 (Noah Cates, Jackson Cates), 15:13 (pp).
Second period — 3. SCSU, Chase Brand 4 (Spencer Meier, Ondrej Trejbal), 4:11.
Third period — No scoring
Shots on goal — UMD 8-7-18—33; SCSU 11-7-4—22. Goalies — Hunter Shepard, UMD (22 shots-20 saves); David Hrenak, SCSU (33-32). Power plays — UMD 1-of-5; SCSU 0-of-2. Penalties — UMD 2-4; SCSU 5-10. Referees — Dan Dreger, Tom Sterns. Linesmen — Kevin Cassidy, Justin Hills. Att. — 4,166.