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Wild third period leads to OT and another Bulldogs win

If you like crazy, unpredictable, momentum-changing hockey, you would've loved the finish to Saturday's nonconference college men's game between Minnesota Duluth and Western Michigan of Kalamazoo, Mich.

If you like crazy, unpredictable, momentum-changing hockey, you would've loved the finish to Saturday's nonconference college men's game between Minnesota Duluth and Western Michigan of Kalamazoo, Mich.

A game that appeared to favor each team a number of times in a dazzling third period ultimately was won by UMD 6-5 in overtime on a MacGregor Sharp goal. A crowd of 4,020 spectators at the DECC likely was too dazed to exit.

Said UMD defenseman Evan Oberg, who had a goal and two assists, and assisted on the winning goal: "That third period was one of the craziest I've ever been part of. Both teams were capitalizing on every chance they had."

Said Western Michigan coach Jim Culhane: "From start to finish that game was incredible. The pace, the intensity were incredible."

Said UMD coach Scott Sandelin: "That was one of those wild games, a game where everything is wide open. But our guys stayed with it, kept coming through, and got the win."

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The undefeated Bulldogs (3-0-1) had to rally from a 3-1 deficit to complete the weekend sweep. Six goals total were scored in the third period, four by UMD. The Bulldogs connected for three in first nine minutes of the period before things really got rocking.

Oberg scored 5-on-3 from the right point, then passed to Andrew Carroll for a short-handed goal, followed by freshman Mike Connolly's power-play goal. That made it 4-3 UMD with 11:37 left in regulation.

There's more.

UMD goalie Alex Stalock missed a pass while in the right corner of the defensive zone, and the puck carried on behind the net. Western Michigan's Ryan Watson took control for a short-handed shot into an empty net for a 4-4 tie with 2:33 left.

UMD's Jordan Fulton powered a drive from the slot for a 5-4 lead with 90 seconds to go.

Patrick Galivan scored on a pinpoint attempt with 19 seconds remaining to make it 5-5. That came after goalie Jerry Kuhn had been pulled for an extra attacker, and after Sharp had missed an open-net scoring attempt.

Crazy.

The Bulldogs had a strong shift on the winning goal in overtime, with Sharp near the crease for his fourth goal of the season with 2:27 left in the five-minute period.

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"You have to have a short memory after you miss [an open net] like that, but I definitely wanted to make amends for that," said Sharp, UMD's scoring co-leader. "Oberg came to the middle of the slot, faked a shot and put a pass right on my stick. All I had to do was tip it over the goalie's leg pad."

Final shots on goal: UMD 56, Western Michigan 28. The Broncos, of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, are 0-7-3 in their last 10 overtime games.

Western Michigan (1-3) went up 3-1 on goals by freshmen forwards Greg Squires and Derek Roehl (two) through two periods despite being outshot 37-23.

But the Broncos gave UMD the opening it was looking for by taking two penalties with three seconds left in the second period, including a delay of game for moving the Western Michigan net. The Bulldogs started the third with a two-man advantage and Oberg got his first goal of the season at 45 seconds.

That started a hard-to-believe final 21 minutes.

UMD opens Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Friday and Saturday at Alaska Anchorage.

Western Michigan 1-2-2-0--5

Minnesota Duluth 1-0-4-1--6

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First period -- 1. Western Michigan, Greg Squires 2 (Kevin Connauton, Tyler Ludwig), 12:40 (pp); 2. UMD, Jack Connolly 1 (Michael Gergen, Justin Fontaine), 13:37. Penalties -- Chris Clackson, WMU (interference), 2:35; Gergen, UMD (hooking), 10:38; Nick Kemp, UMD (hooking), 11:42; Cam Watson, WMU (hooking), 14:20; Chris Frank, WMU (hooking), 16:04; Jordan Collins, WMU (elbowing), 17:09.

Second period -- 3. Western Michigan, Derek Roehl 1 (Ludwig, Patrick Galivan), 3:29 (pp); 4. Western Michigan, Roehl 2, 10:47. Penalties -- J. Connolly, UMD (hooking), 2:06; Clackson, WMU (tripping), 7:10; Clackson, WMU (interference), 19:57; Jerry Kuhn, WMU (delay of game), 19:57.

Third period -- 5.UMD, Evan Oberg 1 (Fontaine), :45 (5x3 pp); 6. UMD, Andrew Carroll 1 (Oberg, Cody Danberg), 5:05 (sh); 7. UMD, Mike Connolly 2 (MacGregor Sharp, Jordan Fulton), 8:23 (pp); 8. Western Michigan, Ryan Watson 1, 17:27; 9. UMD, Fulton 2 (Carroll), 18:30; 10. Western Michigan, Galivan 2, 19:41 (goalie pulled). Penalties - J. Connolly, UMD (holding), 3:56; Ludwig, WMU (holding), 6:41; Kemp, UMD (high-sticking), 11:17; Jordan Fulton, UMD (roughing), 15:42; Drew Akins, UMD (interference), 15:42; Chris Frank, WMU (roughing), 15:42; Kuhn, WMU (roughing, served by Squires), 15:42; Clackson, WMU (holding), 15:55 .

Overtime -- 11. UMD, Sharp (Oberg), 2:33. Penalties -- None.

Shots on goal -- Western Michigan 9-14-5-0--28, UMD 20-17-16-3--56. Goalies - Jerry Kuhn (1-1), Western Michigan (56 shots-50 saves); Alex Stalock (2-1-1), UMD (28 shots-23 saves). Power plays -- Western Michigan 2-of-5; UMD 2-of-10. Referees -- Brad Shepherd, Todd Anderson. Linesmen -- Tony Czech, Johnathan Morrison. A -- 4,020.

LATE SATURDAY

Minnesota 2, St. Cloud State 1

Mike Carman scored for the second straight night, and Minnesota beat visiting St. Cloud State for a sweep of the two-game series.

Jay Barriball also scored for the Gophers, who won 3-2 Friday in St. Cloud.

Hermantown alum Drew LeBlanc scored St. Cloud State's lone goal.

The sweep was the first by Minnesota (2-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association since Nov. 9-10 last year.

Jase Weslosky finished with 28 saves for the Huskies (2-2-0, 0-2-0).

North Dakota 4, Minnesota State Mankato 3

Chris VandeVelde's short-handed goal with 8.6 seconds remaining gave North Dakota a comeback victory over host Minnesota State Mankato.

North Dakota scored three third-period power-play goals before VandeVelde scored his unassisted goal.

It was the first win of the year for the Sioux (1-3-0, 1-1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) and the first loss of the season for the Mavericks (3-1-0, 1-1-0).

In Friday's game, Minnesota State scored three short-handed goals in a 5-1 win.

Denver 7, Wisconsin 4

Sophomore Tyler Bozak scored twice and had one assist and Marc Cheverie blocked 35 shots to help host Denver to a win over Wisconsin.

The Pioneers (3-0, 2-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) had a 3-0 lead after one period but then the Badgers killed Denver's 5-on-3 power play and scored three unanswered goals. The Pioneers then scored two goals before the end of the second period to pull ahead.

The Badgers (0-4, 0-2 WCHA) outshot the Pioneers 39-35 and went 2-of-9 on the power play. This is the first time in the modern era that Wisconsin has started a season 0-4.

Alaska Anchorage 6,Mercyhurst 4

Alaska Anchorage overcame an early three-goal deficit to beat Mercyhurst and claim the title in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Seawolves (3-1, 0-0 WCHA) trailed 3-0 in the first period before storming back. Junior forward Kevin Clark had a goal and an assist for Alaska Anchorage and was named tournament MVP.

The Seawolves beat Maine 3-1 on Friday night.

NOTES

Filzen scores for Nanooks

Alaska Fairbanks freshman Justin Filzen, a Proctor graduate, scored a shorthanded goal in the second period of the Nanooks' 5-0 win over Mercyhurst on Friday night in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament in Fairbanks.

Alaska Fairbanks is 2-1-1 overall, 0-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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