GRAND FORKS, N.D. — As Minnesota Duluth has said goodbye to some rinks in the last year —in Madison, Wis., and Mankato, Minn. — in preparing for a new conference in 2013-14, the Bulldogs know they’ll remain regular visitors to Ralph Engelstad Arena.
And UMD is seeking to change its fortunes in the building as it joins North Dakota in moving from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Yet, the Bulldogs had to endure another difficult defeat Saturday as winger Mark MacMillan scored from the slot with 34 seconds left in overtime for a North Dakota 4-3 win before a sold out crowd of 11,918. It spoiled a second straight solid effort by UMD (2-6-2 and 0-4-2 in WCHA). MacMillan, a sophomore winger, had the North Dakota’s only shot of OT and the only goal of the third period to tie the game.
Since North Dakota’s $100 million glittering palace opened in October of 2001, UMD is 2-12-3.
“We did what we need to to win. We played an honest hard game for almost 65 minutes,” said UMD captain Cody Danberg. “This stings after putting in that kind of effort.”
UMD led 3-1 after the first period, survived a messed up, penalty-filled second period and outshot North Dakota 17-7 the rest of the way (31-30 for the game) and lost. The teams tied 4-4 in overtime Friday.
The game matched two freshmen from Minnesota, UMD’s Matt McNeely of Burnsville and North Dakota’s Zane Gothberg of Thief River Falls.
“After the first period we adjusted and battled back,” said North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol. “We said ‘Just win the third period.’ We got some great penalty killing and goaltending, and that got us into overtime. Gothberg showed some good mental toughness.”
No. 6-ranked North Dakota (5-3-2 and 2-1-2) scored a goal per period to survive. UMD, the WCHA’s penalty leader, had 16 penalties for 40 minutes and North Dakota 13-26.
Three goals in 46 seconds marked a rousing start to the game. Center Jake Hendrickson’s first goal of the season came at 2:51, converting a Dan DeLisle rebound for UMD. Thirteen seconds later Danny Kristo’s third goal of the weekend came in a backhand attempt from the right circle and Mike Seidel finished the flurry 33 seconds later. He tipped Chris Casto’s blast from high in the slot at 3:37. It was Seidel’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The Bulldogs capitalized on their first power play of the game with 5:33 left in the opening period. Star freshman center Tony Cameranesi came out of the left corner and to the crease to knock the puck past goalie Gothberg for his fourth collegiate goal. The 3-1 lead was the first two-goal advantage of the series for either team.
It was the first period of more than two goals for UMD since the first period of the opening game Oct. 12, then the Bulldogs scored four times in a 6-2 home win over Ohio State.
The second was not to be believed from a penalty standpoint. UMD was called for 12, including a misconduct, and North Dakota was called for seven. At one point there were six UMD players in the penalty box. It all led to a two-minute North Dakota 5-on-3 power play in which it generated zero shots on goal. The Bulldogs finished with 26 blocked shots for the game.
North Dakota did get a power-play goal in the second period, at 6:38, when Duluth native Derek Forbort, a junior defenseman, drove a shot from the right point. That got the home team within 3-2.
“We did shoot ourselves in the foot by taking some undisciplined penalties, but I thought we took a positive step forward this weekend. Eventually, though, you have to get rewarded,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “The weekend was about as even as it gets.”
MacMillan tied it for North Dakota on a power play at 5:53 of the third period, hitting an open net from the left side.
On the first shift of overtime, Hendrickson cranked a shot off the crossbar. Ultimately, with seconds remaining, Kristo made a nice feed coming from the left corner and MacMillan shot hard off the pass.
Minnesota Duluth………… 3-0-0-0—3
North Dakota………………. 1-1-1-1—4
First period — 1. UMD, Jake Hendrickson 1 (Dan DeLisle, Keegan Flaherty), 2:51; 2. North Dakota, Danny Kristo 4 (Dillon Simpson, Corban Knight), 3:04; 3. UMD, Mike Seidel 7 (Chris Casto, Tony Cameranesi), 3:37; 4. UMD, Cameranesi 4 (Wade Bergman, Seidel), 14:27 (pp). Penalties — Adam Krause, UMD (hooking), 6:00; Hendrickson, UMD (slashing), 6:18; Kristo, North Dakota (slashing), 16:18; Bergman, UMD (cross-checking), 9:47; Caleb Herbert, UMD (roughing), 13:10; Colten St. Clair, North Dakota (roughing), 13:10; Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota (interference), 13:10; Andrew Panzarella, North Dakota (charging), 17:32.
Second period — 5. North Dakota, Derek Forbort 3 (Mark MacMillan, Connor Gaarder), 6:38 (pp). Penalties — Cameranesi, UMD (slashing), 1:46; Derik Johnson, UMD (cross-checking), 5:15; Joe Basaraba, UMD (charging), 12:03; Bryn Chyzyk, North Dakota (double-minor roughing), 14:50; Derek Rodwell, North Dakota (double-minor roughing), 14:50; Stephane Pattyn, North Dakota (double-minor roughing), 14:50; DeLisle, UMD (double-minor roughing, cross-checking), 14:50; Basaraba, UMD (double-minor roughing), 14:50; Tim Smith, UMD (double-minor roughing), 14:50; Austin Farley, UMD (unsportsmanlike conduct, 10-minute misconduct), 14:50; Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota (tripping), 16:42.
Third period — 6. North Dakota, Mark MacMillan 4 (Kristo, Knight), 5:53 (pp). Penalties — MacWilliam, North Dakota (cross-checking0, 6:01; Nick Mattson, North Dakota (cross-checking), 9:33.
Overtime —7. North Dakota, MacMillan (Kristo), 4:26. Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — UMD 12-2-13-4—31, North Dakota 14-9-6-1—30. Goalies — Matt McNeely (1-4-1), UMD (30 shots-26 saves); Zane Gothberg (2-1), North Dakota (31 shots-28 saves). Power plays — UMD 1-of-5, North Dakota 1-of-7. Referees —Todd Anderson, Brad Shepherd. Linesmen — Andy Carton, Nathan Freeman. A — 11,918.