Veteran scoring. Rookie scoring. Steady goaltending. Two goals in 20 seconds. Two goals in 43 seconds. Superb penalty killing.
All of that was more than enough to get 2012-13 off to a sparkling start for No. 13-ranked Minnesota Duluth on Friday night.
The Bulldogs toppled Ohio State 6-2 in a nonconference college men’s game before 5,831 fans at Amsoil Arena. It marked the opening game for both teams.
Senior Mike Seidel had two goals and an assist UMD, freshman winger Austin Farley added a goal and two assists. Junior goalie Aaron Crandall had 25 saves and allowed nothing the final 34 minutes. UMD’s penalty killers defused two 5-on-3 Ohio State power plays lasting 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
“What I liked the most was how ready we were,” said Crandall, whose brother, Justin, scored a goal. “We were a lot more hungry and came out flying, and we relied on our experience. Guys stepped up.”
Just 65 seconds into the season, freshman center Tony Cameranesi centered a pass that went off Farley’s skate at the crease. The puck caromed by senior goalie Brady Hjelle of International Falls, 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 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.
“That was an eye-opener,” said Hjelle. “All around, we weren’t ready to play and it’s hard to win when you’re in the penalty box as much as we were. We have to be more disciplined.”
After losing its top three scorers, two senior defensemen and No. 1 goalie, it was anticipated the Bulldogs would take time to find themselves, but opening night couldn’t have gone much better.
UMD (1-0), picked to finish sixth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, led 39-27 in shots on goal and killed seven of eight opposing power plays. The Bulldogs were No. 2 in Division I scoring last season in getting to the NCAA quarterfinals. Returning scoring leader Caleb Herbert had three assists.
“Everything was working well, especially our forechecking. Guys were just going all out,” said Seidel, who had 17 goals last season. “There’s been a lot of talk about the loss of our offense, but we want to prove that there are good players on our roster.”
Aaron Crandall was making his first start since last Feb. 17 and ran his home record to 6-2. He made six saves in an Ohio State 5-on-3 man advantage for two minutes, still early in the first period. A 5-on-3 for 80 seconds in the later stages of the third period also had the Buckeyes coming up empty.
Goals by Greco and Matt Johnson had Ohio State within 4-2 after two periods, but UMD gained full control early in the third with consecutive power-play scores. Seidel scored at 3:15 and freshman Andy Welinski of Duluth, the 2012 defenseman of the year in the U.S. Hockey League with Green Bay, scored 5-on-3 at 3:58.
“Everyone gave a solid effort; it was a good team performance,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “It was a good start.”
The win was UMD’s first in the abbreviated series with Ohio State, leaving the Bulldogs 1-2-1.
The Buckeyes (0-1) are picked to finish sixth in the 11-team Central Collegiate Hockey Association with a young team. They had just three seniors in the lineup.
“UMD is an NCAA team from last year. They have that confidence, that speed, that skill. We weren’t ready for that kind of pace,” said Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki, a former Wisconsin player. “It will take us time to gain that kind of experience.”
UMD is now 20-9-3 at Amsoil Arena.
Ohio State……………………… 1-1-0—2
Minnesota Duluth……………. 4-0-2—6
First period —1. UMD, Austin Farley 1 (Tony Cameranesi), 1:05; 2. Ohio State, Anthon Greco 1 (Max McCormick), 2:56 (pp); 3. UMD, Joe Basaraba 1 (Wade Bergman), 4:08; 4. UMD, Mike Seidel 1 (Farley, Caleb Herbert), 4:27 (pp); 5.UMD, Justin Crandall 1 (Herbert, Seidel), 16:49. Penalties —Max Tardy, UMD (slashing), 1:40; Tyler Lundey, Ohio State (tripping), 4:21; Basaraba, UMD (charging), 7:41; Cameranesi, UMD (slashing), 7:41; Lundey, Ohio State (hooking), 10:27; Sam Jardine, Ohio State (cross-checking), 13:58; Riley Simpson, Ohio State (roughing), 19:01.
Second period — 6. Ohio State, Matt Johnson 1 (Lundey, Curtis Gedig), 5:39. Penalties — Adam Krause, UMD (interference), 2;54; Jake Hendrickson, UMD (interference), 14:37.
Third period — 7. UMD, Seidel 2 (Farley, Herbert), 3:15 (pp); 8. UMD, Andy Welinski 1 (Chris Casto), 3:58 (5×3 pp). Penalties — Alex Sczcechura, Ohio State (interference), 2:35; McCormick, Ohio State (elbowing), 3:50; Devon Krogh, Ohio State (holding), 3:50; Jardine, Ohio State (slashing), 5:03; Dan DeLisle, UMD (slashing), 6:43; Tim Smith, UMD (interference), 7:23; Nick Oddo, Ohio State (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:43; Smith, UMD (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:43; Drew Olson, UMD (elbowing), 15:48; Justin DaSilva, Ohio State (double-minor roughing), 19:05; DeLisle, UMD (double-minor roughing), 19:05; Clark Cristofoli, Ohio State (roughing), 19:05; Krause, UMD (roughing), 19:05.
Shots on goal — Ohio State 10-11-6—27, UMD 16-9-14—39. Goalies — Brady Hjelle (0-1), Ohio State (39 shots-33 saves); Aaron Crandall (1-0), UMD (27 shots-25 saves). Power plays — Ohio State 1-of-8, UMD 3-of-8. Referees — Todd Anderson, Tom Sterns. Linesmen —Sterling Egan, Brandon Polich. A — 5,831.