With help from a three-goal third period, Minnesota Duluth earns a series split and their first ever NCHC victory against the Colorado College Tigers.
Freshman Alex Iafallo and Justin Crandall each tallied two goals throughout the game, including big goals in the third period that sparked the gasoline in UMD's offensive tank.
Iafallo scored the lonely first period goal, followed by a Crandall tally midway through the second to put the Bulldogs up by two, but it wouldn't last long...
Scott Owens found an offensive-minded blueliner in Jaccob Slavin, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect who spent the last few seasons with the Chicago Steel of the USHL, who scored after Crandall's goal, cutting UMD's lead in half.
Justin Crandall's opening goal just 50 seconds into the third period sparked the third period Bulldog scoring-extravaganza that wasn't characteristic of the weekend, thus far anyway.
Alex Iafallo scored his second goal of the night from Minnesota Wild prospect, Carson Soucy, minutes after Crandall's tally, and Kyle Osterberg capped the night off with the 5th goal dagger at 9:17.
The Bulldogs picked their play up immensely from the night before, peppering CC's Josh Thorimbert, but were coming up empty over and over. It took sometime, but coach Scott Sandelin got his team to find gaps in Thorimbert's net which allowed the final score to end in favor of the Bulldogs, 5-1.
On the defensive side of things, the Bulldogs did receive great goaltending from senior Aaron Crandall, but UMD did a great job at using their bodies to block shots and limit the Tiger's puck possession time, which showed in the large shot margin listed below.
1st Period - UMD (18:21) Alex Iafallo from Caleb Herbert
2nd Period - UMD (12:00) Justin Crandall from Tim Smith and Caleb Herbert
2nd Period - CC (16:36) Jaccob Slavin from Archie Stalbeck
3rd Period - UMD (0:50) PP Justin Crandall from Alex Iafallo and Dominic Toninato
3rd Period - UMD (5:23) Alex Iafallo from Carson Soucy
3rd Period - UMD (9:17) Kyle Osterberg
- The Bulldogs outshot the Tigers, 45-15.
- Colorado College went 0 for 7 on the powerplay, Minnesota Duluth scored 1 goal in 6 attempts.
- UMD won 56% of faceoffs, which resulted in the large amount of puck possession time the Bulldogs had.
- Minnesota Duluth's Alex Iafallo (2g, 1a), Justin Crandall (2g), and Caleb Herbert (2a) all finished the night with more than one tally.
- Alex Iafallo, Carson Soucy, and Dominic Toninato all scored their first collegiate points for the Bulldogs.
- Colorado College finished the night with 29 penalty minutes, UMD with 18.
- According Bruce Ciskie, voice of UMD Bulldogs Hockey, this was the largest scoring margin in Colorado Springs since the 1992-93 season when Derek Plante, now UMD assistant coach, and the rest of the Dogs defeated CC 9-5.
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