Duluth (Northland's NewsCenter) - In the first Bulldog-Gopher men's hockey game to be played at Amsoil Arean, UMD rallied in the second period for a 2-all overtime tie. The same two teams will play again on Saturday on My 9. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30pm, with the game at 7:07pm.
Mike Connolly has been one of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's top snipers over the past three years, but the University of Minnesota Duluth junior winger had never done any of his goal-scoring damage against the University of Minnesota. Until Friday night.
Connolly scored off his own rebound midway through the second period for the game's final goal in a 2-2 tie between the long-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals in front a sellout crowd of 6,764 at AMSOIL Arena. The goal was Connolly's 14th of the season, 41st of his career and first in 10 lifetime outings with Minnesota. The No. 4 Bulldogs, who never led the entire night, had their consecutive minute shutout streak snapped at a school-record 168:39 at 9:34 of the first period when defenseman Cade Fairchild captilized on Minnesota's first power play opportunity of the night on a shot from the left point. Justin Fontaine got credit for the equalizer 5:46 into the second period before Barribal put the unranked Gophers (11-10-4 overall; 8-8-3 WCHA) back up with a goal just under three minutes later.
Junior Kenny Reiter finished with 36 saves for UMD (17-5-4 overall; 12-4-3 WCHA), while his Minnesota counterpart, Kent Patterson, had 40 stops, including five in overtime.
Courtesy: UMD Athletics