Bulldogs settle for four points against conference opponent Miami Redhawks
Chasing No. 1 Denver University in the regular season National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings, the now No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team took four of the possible six points against the Miami Redhawks on Thursday and Friday.
Junior forward Avery Peterson’s late game heroics gave the Bulldogs the series opening 4-3 win with his power play goal with 1:21 left in regulation. Since being eligible to play for the Bulldogs after his transfer from the University of Nebraska Omaha, Peterson has found the back of the net six times, three of which for game winners.
"I think special teams is something we as a team have struggled with lately and to get a couple tonight -- and the win -- is big," said Peterson. "Come playoff time, your special teams is usually what wins you games.
Although Friday night's game officially went down in the books as 3-3 tie, the Redhawks struck last in the 3-on-3 overtime period grabbing the extra NCHC point from UMD.
Outshooting the Redhawks 32-23 in Friday’s contest and holding a 3-2 lead until the 16:25 mark of the third period, Miami buried the equalizer with a shot from the point by freshman winger Gordie Green.
"It was a good, hard-fought series," said UMD head coach Sandelin. "Miami is a team that can test out the whole rink. I thought we were a little too loose defensively and gave them too much space tonight.”
UMD hits the road this weekend to close out the regular season against eighth ranked Western Michigan. The Bulldogs are unbeaten in their last 11 games(8-0-3).
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