A quick pair of goals in the first and third periods propelled No. 13-ranked Minnesota
Duluth to a season-opening 6-2 nonconference win over Ohio State before 5,831 fans at Amsoil Arena. Senior winger Mike Seidel led the Bulldogs with two goals.
Just 65 seconds into the season, freshman Tony Cameranesi centered a pass that went off the skate of freshman winger Austin Farley at the crease. The puck caromed by senior goalie Brady Hjelle, a former UMD player.
After the Buckeyes tied the game at 2:56, from freshman Anthony Greco, UMD responded with a flurry. Two goals in 19 seconds, both from close range, as Joe Basaraba flicked in a puck from the crease and Mike Seidel converted a Farley rebound. The Bulldogs had three goals in five shots on goal and led 3-1 less than five minutes into the first period.
UMD and goalie Aaron Crandall killed a two-minute 4-on-3 Ohio State power play (Crandall making six saves) near the period’s midway mark. Justin Crandall, Aaron’s brother, tucked in a slick Caleb Herbert feed late in the opening period for a 4-1 advantage.
The Buckeyes had a much better second period and got within 4-2 as sophomore Matt Johnson of Stillwater, Minn., put the puck through Crandall’s legs at 5:39. It was the only goal of the period.
In the third period two power-play goals, by Seidel at 3:15 and freshman defenseman Andy Welinski (5-on-3) at 3:58 put the game out of reach. UMD led 39-26 in shots on goal.
Ohio State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association entered the game with a 2-0-1 record in the series.