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Minnesota/NTDP U18 Second Period Notes

Scoring:

11:58: Tom Serratore from Christian Horn(power play) 2-1 NTDP

The NTDP had killed off 1:23 of a 5-on-3 kill, and all but :48 seconds of a five-minute major penalty to Mike McCarron before Serratore got a shot from the point to go through a screen and past Demko.

17:38: Nick Bjugstad from Justin Holl and Nate Condon, 2-2 tie

Minnesota had been pressing for a while, and finally, Bjugstad's strength down low was just too much to handle as he jammed a puck past Demko.

Shot totals after two periods: 30-14 Minnesota leads

I thought Minnesota would respond better after giving up two late goals in the first period, but the NTDP started off pretty strong in the second period. The turning point was Mike McCarron taking a really dumb checking-from-behind penalty while his team was already down a man. Minnesota only scored one goal late on that power play, but it titled the ice back heavily in the Gophers favor, and they controlled the back half of the period.

Thatcher Demko was absolutely outstanding in that period, making 18 saves, including at least five really good ones during the penalty kill.