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Bulldogs take down Gophers in overtime of Ice Breaker

Minnesota Duluth right wing Joey Anderson (13) reacts after scoring a third period goal against Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn during the Ice Breaker Tournament at Amsoil Arena in Duluth on Friday Oct. 6, 2017. (Clint Austin / Forum News Service)1 / 2
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Hunter Shepard (32) blocks a shot from Mike Szmatula (9) of Minnesota during the Ice Breaker Tournament at Amsoil Arena in Duluth on Friday Oct. 6, 2017 (Clint Austin / Forum News Service)2 / 2

DULUTH — Minnesota's misery against it's in-state rivals — specifically is little brother up the road — continues.

Minnesota Duluth won its eighth-straight game over the Golden Gophers via a 4-3 overtime decision in the semifinals of the Ice Breaker at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

Junior wing and assistant captain Parker Mackay batted the game-winning goal through 1:45 into the extra period in front of an announced crowd Friday, Oct. 6, of 7,203 to set up a championship match against Michigan Tech at 7:37 p.m. today at Amsoil. The Gophers and Union College will meet in the consolation at 4:07 p.m.

Minnesota junior goaltender Eric Schierhorn finished with 40 saves on 44 shots while Bulldogs sophomore goalie Hunter Shepard — making his second collegiate start and playing in his third collegiate game — stopped 18 for UMD.

The Bulldogs and Gophers combined to post three goals in a back-and-forth opening four minutes of the third.

Sophomore wing Riley Tufte tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal 23 seconds into the third. Fellow sophomore wing and linemate Joey Anderson then tied the game at 3-3 with a backhander through the five hole of Schierhorn.

Just 40 seconds prior to Joey Anderson's goal, the Gophers had taken a 3-2 lead thanks to junior wing Jack Ramsey.

Freshman defenseman Mikey Anderson, manning the point on a two-Bulldogs advantage with fellow freshman defenseman Dylan Samberg of Hermantown, gave UMD a 1-0 lead with his first collegiate goal nearly eight minutes into the game, burying a pass from freshman wing Nick Swaney.

The goal was part of a lopsided first period that saw the Bulldogs outshoot Minnesota 13-5, with attempts 21-9 in favor of UMD.

It was much of the same from a possession standpoint in the second — shots 15-10 and attempts 22-11 in favor of UMD — but the Gophers picked up a pair of goals in the later half of the period to take a 2-1 lead into the third.

A collision between two Bulldogs in the home zone led to Gophers junior forward Tyler Novak putting away a deflection in front of the crease to knot the game at 1-1.

Freshman wing Scott Reedy then gave the Gophers just their second lead over the Bulldogs in eight games with a power play goal in the final two minutes of the period.

The Gophers went into Friday's Ice Breaker semifinal having last beaten the Bulldogs in the 2014 Ice Breaker semifinals, hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Between then and the second period Friday, Minnesota has led UMD just once. That was for 13:46 during the first period of last year's North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Gophers struggles against in-state rivals hasn't been limited to the Bulldogs, however. Over the three previous seasons, Minnesota went 7-17 (.292) against UMD, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato and Bemidji State with just three wins coming over the previous two seasons in 14 games against in-state opponents.

Huskies down Dutchmen

Michigan Tech not only advanced to the Ice Breaker championship game with a 6-3 win over Union in the first semifinal Friday, the Huskies scored what could be a key victory for the WCHA come NCAA tournament selection time.

The WCHA combined was an NCAA-worst 17-48-5 (.279) a year ago, with the Huskies going 8-8-1. They were the league's lone representative in the NCAA tournament after winning the league's postseason championship.

"I'm just excited we were able to pull that game out," said Joe Shawhan, who picked up his first win as head coach of the Huskies Friday. "It gives us an opportunity to get closer to what we want to do, which is have a chance to advance at the end of the year and keep playing when other teams aren't."

Senior forward Joel L'Esperance had two goals for the Huskies (1-1) and sophomore forward Anthony Rinaldi had a pair of goals for the Dutchmen (0-2). Huskies junior goaltender Patrick Munson — who was previously rostered at Vermont and Denver — made 35 saves for Tech.

Minnesota 0-2-1-0—3

Minn. Duluth 1-0-2-1—4

First period — 1. UMD, Mikey Anderson 1 (Nick Swaney, Jared Thomas), 7:56 (pp). Penalties — Leon Bristedt, MIN (tripping), 5:56; Mike Szmatula, MIN (hooking), 6:12; Nick Wolff, UMD (tripping), 9:22; Jack Glover, MIN (cross checking), 13:10; Swaney, UMD (tripping), 14:36' Scott Perunovich, UMD (interference), 19:48.

Second period — 2. MIN, Tommy Novak 1 (Tyler Sheehy), 13:26; 3. MIN, Scott Reedy 1 (Casey Mittelstadt, Rem Pitlick), 18:16 (pp). Penalties — Tyler Nanne, MIN (slashing), 6:28; Karson Kuhlman, UMD (holding), 9:19; Riley Tufte, UMD (interference), 16:25; Darian Romanko, MIN (holding), 18:28.

Third period — 4. UMD, Tufte 1 (Perunovich, Jarod Hilderman), 0:23 (pp); 5. MN, Jack Ramsey 1 (Ryan Norman, Romanko), 3:09; 6. UMD, Joey Anderson (Peter Krieger), 3:49. Penalties — Reedy, MIN (holding), 5:49; Krieger, UMD (interference), 6:12.

Overtime — 7. UMD, Parker Mackay 1 (Avery Peterson), 1:45. Penalties — None.

Shots on goal — MIN 5-7-8-0—21; UMD 13-15-12-3—44. Goalies — Eric Schierhorn, MIN (44 shots-40 saves); Hunter Shepard, UMD (21-18). Power plays — MIN 1-of-6; UMD 2-of-6. Referees — Ryan Hersey, Nick Krebsbach. Linesmen — Andy Dokken, Jeff Schultz. Att. — 7,203.

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