Bulldogs, unranked Merrimack skate to 5-all tie

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Five goals was not enough to make a winner out of the University of Minnesota Duluth — or Merrimack College — Friday night.

The two clubs, meeting for the first time ever in a two-game series, played to a 5-5 overtime draw in front of an Amsoil Arena crowd of 5,152 that saw the No. 9 Bulldogs and unranked Warriors combined for seven power play goals and score five times in the final 9:48 of regulation. It was the second tie in as many games for UMD (1-2-2 overall) and its highest goal output in a deadlock since the 2010-11 season opener (6-6 at Lake Superior State University).

Merrimack (0-2-2) struck twice with the man advantage to go up 2-0 in the opening period before sophomore left winger Joey Anderson got UMD on the board with a power play goal with 25 seconds to go before the first intermission. The Bulldogs got second-period power play scores from freshman right winger Nick Swaney (off a perfect cross-ice feed from rookie defenseman Dylan Samberg, the first of his three assists on the night) and first-year defenseman Mikey Anderson (a one-time blast from the right face off circle) to take a 3-2 lead.

Sophomore left winger Riley Tufte gave UMD its fourth straight goal at 12:12 of the third period when he intercepted goaltender Drew Vogler’s backhand clearing attempt behind the Merrimack net and scored on a wraparound. The Warriors then went on a spree of their own, scoring three times in a two minute stretch to regain the lead.

With 1:15 to go in regulation, junior center Peter Krieger pounced on a rebound after Tufte’s wraparound attempt was rejected and stuffed in the equalizer. It was the first UMD goal for Krieger, who was playing in his fifth game as a Bulldog after transferring from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Tufte assisted on that goal as well as Joey Anderson’s tally for the first three-point night of his young collegiate career.

The Bulldogs, who outshot Merrimack 43-26, went 3-for-5 on the power play while the Warrriors cashed in on four of their opportunities with the man advantage. Bulldog sophomore netminder Nick Deery finished with 21 saves six day after posting his first collegiate shutout in a 0-0 tie with visiting Bemidji State University.

“I thought our guys did a great job,” said UMD head coach Scott Sandelin. “I like the way we battled back when we got down 2-0 and when we trailed late in the game.”

The teams will meet again Saturday night at 7:37 p.m. in Duluth.

Source: UMD Athletics

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