UMD wins 6-3, splits series with UND
GRAND FORKS — Mark MacMillan skated around Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night at half-speed, noticeably struggling with an undisclosed injury and without his usual offensive jump.
His teammates didn’t have nearly enough to pick him up, either.
Minnesota Duluth grabbed a series split with a 6-3 win on Saturday over a UND team that battled the flu during the week and didn’t appear to have an excess amount of energy during the weekend.
Adam Krause scored a pair of goals, while teammates Tony Cameranesi and Willie Raskob had three-assist nights for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-4-1 overall and 2-2 in National Collegiate Hockey Association play.
UND dropped to 4-5-1 and 3-5, splitting a conference series for the second week in a row.
“We didn’t play a complete game as we needed to,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “We had to play a really intelligent, complete game. We were a little low on energy and we didn’t manage it very well.”
Hakstol pointed to the last two minutes of the first and second periods as the difference in the game.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the final 2:28 of the opening frame to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead. In the second period, UND made it a one-goal game, but Duluth scored to make it 4-2 with just 1:12 left in the frame.
“We kind of made key mistakes all night, whether it was a bad penalty or bad pinches or bad plays at the offensive blue line that came back to bite us,” said UND forward Bryn Chyzyk, who scored his first goal of the season in the third period. “They were big mistakes.”
Dillon Simpson and Paul LaDue also scored for UND, which continues to search for a starting goaltender. Clarke Saunders, who was outstanding in UND’s last two wins, was yanked after allowing three goals in the opening frame. It was the third time in 10 games that UND has pulled its starting goalie this season.
It wasn’t all on the goaltender, either.
Untimely penalties and Grade A opportunities hurt UND.
“Obviously, we have some stuff we need to work on,” LaDue said. “We had a few breakdowns and they capitalized on it.”
“I thought we needed to play a very intelligent and a full 60 minutes and we’d have a chance to win this game,” Hakstol said. “That’s how I still feel. I give Duluth all the credit. They made a lot of plays. But I don’t think we did everything that we needed to do tonight to give ourselves our best chance to win.”
Already down a pair of regular forwards, MacMillan decided to give it a go this weekend, even though he clearly struggled. His availability for next weekend’s series at Boston University is in question.
“We’ve got to get him some time off,” Hakstol said. “He’s done everything that he can over the last couple weeks. We’ve got to get him a little bit of time off. I don’t know what that means for next week. We’re a little low on bodies.”
For the Bulldogs, it was a rare win in Ralph Engelstad Arena, which hasn’t been kind to former UND great Scott Sandelin, the 14th-year coach at Duluth. In the Sandelin era, the Bulldogs only have five wins in 26 games in Grand Forks.
“I just like the way our team played,” Sandelin said. “I thought we had a good weekend, a much better weekend than two weekends ago. And that’s what we look at as a coaching staff — to try to keep getting better. When you play good teams, you keep getting better.
“This is a good character win for us here. This is a tough place to win. Our kids deserved to win tonight.”
UND now has a full week to practice, prepare — and try to get healthy — before the road trip to Agganis Arena in Boston.
“Guys had to battle through this weekend,” LaDue said. “A lot of guys were sick or injured, but that’s no excuse. We came out and had a chance to win this game and we let it slip.”
Notes: Gage Ausmus replaced Andrew Panzarella on defense. That was UND’s only change. . . Coltyn Sanderson warmed up but was scratched afterwards. Hakstol said there were a couple of reasons why Sanderson warmed up, presumably different injured players, but he did not elaborate. . . Luke McManus replaced Carson Soucy on defense for the Bulldogs and Spurrell replaced Max Tardy up front.