Johnson leads Bulldogs in split with the Irish
UMD men’s hockey skated away from homecoming weekend with a series split with the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Bulldogs entered the weekend unbeaten, coming off a pair of ties to University of Massachussetts- Lowell on Oct. 8 and 9.
Friday’s game got off to an odd start after a lighting issue delayed puck drop for about 15 minutes before the game could get underway. The insanity would continue with a wild first frame that would see six goals scored between the two teams.
Notre Dame opened the scoring on a power play goal by Andrew Oglevie. But the Fighting Irish lead wouldn’t last even two minutes as UMD’s Adam Johnson scored to tie the game up at one goal apiece.
UMD and Notre Dame would trade goals two more times before the end of the first, a wild period of play that ended in a 3-3 draw.
"I haven't seen a period like that in a while where everyone was trading goals," UMD head coach Scott Sandelin said. "We needed to settle down into a better, tighter game after that."
UMD would seize the lead with Adam Johnson’s second goal of the competition and held on to win 4-3. UMD freshman goaltender Nick Deery stopped 20 shots in the Friday victory.
Saturday night was a different story for the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless first period the Bulldogs would get yet another goal from Adam Johnson, extending his point streak to six straight games. His performance would gain him mention as the Northern Collegiate Hockey Conference offensive player of the week.
The Bulldogs could not hold the lead, however, as Notre Dame scored late in the second to tie the game headed into the third. A pair of third period goals by Notre Dame’s Jordan Gross and Dylan Malmquist all but sealed the Bulldog’s fate and they would fall 3-1.
UMD freshman goaltender Hunter Shepard stopped 32 shots in his first career start for the Bulldogs.
UMD stays at home this coming weekend with an exhibition game against the U.S. National under-18 team, followed by another home stand against NCHC division rival North Dakota State University on Oct. 28 and 29.