The Pioneers shut out the Bulldogs 1-zero the night time earlier than. UMD coach Scott Sandelin wasn’t happy together with his workforce’s play within the opener, however felt higher about Saturday night time’s effort regardless of the outcome.
“We did an incredible job tonight,” stated Sandelin, who was happy together with his workforce limiting Denver to only 15 photographs. The Bulldogs had 28. “I assumed defensively we modified some issues and our guys executed properly. … Completely totally different feeling for me tonight than I had final night time after our effort.”
Freshman wing Jake Durflinger scored the sport-profitable aim for Denver with four:04 remaining in regulation on a cost to the Bulldogs’ internet.
Pioneers junior wing Jarid Lukosevicius broke the scoreless tie within the remaining 30 seconds of the second interval by way of a turnover by the Bulldogs behind their very own internet. Junior wing Logan O’Connor, who scored the lone aim Friday, nabbed the free puck and arrange Lukosevicius for his sixth objective of the season.
Senior wing Blake Younger lastly obtained the Bulldogs on the board for the primary time all weekend eight:32 into the third by driving to the web, the place he used a half-spin to backhand the puck via. It was simply the second objective of the season for Younger.
Freshman wing Nick Swaney was credited with an help on the play by choosing up a rebound and feeding Younger.
“Coach was preaching, ‘Go to the web,’ and we each have been there. He did a pleasant job getting that rebound. He put it in an space and I occurred to be there,” Younger stated. “It popped out in a bizarre space and I did my greatest to get it on internet.”
The Bulldogs had a second probability to tie the sport with 1:fifty nine to go by way of the facility play. That benefit was elevated to six-on-four for the ultimate ninety three seconds with the goaltender pulled.
Bulldogs sophomore goalie Hunter Shepard of Cohasset stopped thirteen of the 15 photographs he confronted Saturday after stopping 25 of 26 on Friday.
Pioneers senior goaltender Tanner Jaillet completed with 27 saves on Saturday after blanking the Bulldogs with 28 saves in a 1-zero win Friday.
This weekend’s collection between the Bulldogs and Pioneers was a rematch of the 2017 NCAA championship in Chicago. Lukosevicius recorded a hat trick that night time in a three-2 win for the Pioneers. Jaillet had 38 saves.
The Pioneers and Bulldogs weren’t solely the highest two groups within the nation a yr in the past, however the NCHC’s leaders, with Denver profitable the common-season convention title and UMD ending runner-up, solely to show round and declare the league’s postseason championship.
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