Junior center Caleb Herbert scored with 1:43 to play Friday night as Minnesota Duluth rallied to beat Colorado College 3-2 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s game before 7,061 fans at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Bulldogs (10-10-3 and 8-6-3 in the WCHA) trailed 1-0 after one period before coming back for a fifth straight league win and a 7-3-1 mark the last 11 games overall. The victory moved UMD into a tie for fifth in the WCHA.
Freshman Matt McNeely made a seventh straight start in goal for UMD and finished with 24 saves. The Bulldogs led 38-26 in shots on goal.
“The winning goal was a strong-effort goal. Caleb battled for the puck on a rebound,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said by phone. “Defensively it was a good solid game, starting with our goalie. Matt made some good saves, especially there in the last minute.
“CC is a good offensive, transition team and we stuck with it and got better. Goals on both sides were a matter of missed assignments.”
Colorado College (9-14-2 and 6-10-1) fell behind 2-1 in the final period before defenseman Mike Boivin tied the game with 2:45 to play. Herbert responded 62 seconds later by converting an Adam Krause rebound in the crease. Krause had broken up a Colorado College play at neutral ice and came in for a shot just inside the blue line.
The Tigers, playing at home for the first time in 40 days, are 3-11-2 the last 16 games against UMD.
Colorado College freshman left winger Hunter Fejes had the only goal of the first period with 1:58 left. A UMD power play tied the game with the only goal of the second period as winger Justin Crandall connected with 8:37 to go.
Mike Seidel’s team-leading 12th goal of the season gave UMD a 2-1 edge at 9:53 of the third period. He came off the bench, stole the puck along the right boards and came down the slot, ultimately putting a backhand attempt past goalie Joe Howe in an unassisted play.
“I didn’t think our top guys were very good tonight,” Colorado College coach Scott Owens told the school sports information office afterward. “And this is the time of year when you need them to be.”
Two Colorado College penalties early in the first period gave UMD some early chances as the Bulldogs built a 12-0 shots-on-goal advantage. UMD is 7-1-1 the last nine league games. Colorado College is 2-11-2 the last 15 games overall and 1-8-1 the last 10.
Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-1-2—3
Colorado College……………. 1-0-1—2
First period —1. Colorado College, Hunter Fejes 3 (Cody Bradley, Jeff Collett), 18:02. Penalties — Eamonn McDermott, Colorado College, 3:08; Jordan DiGiando, Colorado College (too many men on ice), 4:03; Caleb Herbert, UMD (roughing), 8:41.
Second period —2. UMD, Justin Crandall 4 (Herbert, Joe Basaraba), 11:23 (pp). Penalties — Wade Bergman, UMD (interference), 7:04; McDermott, Colorado College (cross-checking), 9:30.
Third period — 3. UMD, Mike Seidel 12, 9:53; 4. Colorado College, Mike Boivin 10 (Alexander Krushelnyski), 17:15; 5. UMD, Herbert 5 (Adam Krause), 18:17. Penalties —Tony Camereanesi, UMD (tripping), 7:26; Adam Krause, UMD (roughing), 8:24; McDermott, Colorado College (holding), 8:24; Bergman, UMD (tripping), 20:00; Derik Johnson, UMD (10-minute misconduct, roughing), 20:00.
Shots on goal — UMD 17-11-10—38, Colorado College 11-4-11—26. Goalies — Matt McNeely (8-6-1), UMD (26 shots-24 saves); Joe Howe (5-7-1), Colorado College (38 shots-35 saves). Power plays — UMD 1-of-3, Colorado College 0-of-3. Referees —Timm Walsh, Don Adam. Linesmen —Stephen Stankevich, Scott Staudte. A — 7,061.