Duluth Native Connolly Back to Scoring Ways for UMD

By KBJR News 1

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 7:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Senior center Jack Connolly had only one goal and one assist during UMD's (1-3) start this season.

The Bulldogs have since gone 12 games unbeaten, and Connolly, in that time, has racked up 10 goals and 13 assists to become the team's top scorer.

"I've started to find the net a little bit, shooting the puck a bit more, and to see them actually go in is nice as well," Connolly said. "Hopefully I can keep that streak going, and do what I can to help our team win."

"Since I was little and playing shinny with him outdoors, he's always been a special player," UMD sophomore center Max Tardy said. "He's our leader in the locker room, both on and off the ice, and he's been playing unbelievable lately. When he's going, we're going."

"He sees the ice real well, and he makes good decisions," Bulldogs senior goaltender Kenny Reiter said. "I don't think he's made a bad decision in my five years here."

Those good decisions have made Connolly the highest scoring active player in college hockey, right now with 162 points midway through his senior season.

Still, his teammates say that's not all the Duluth native does for his team.

"He's our captain, he's our goal scorer, but he blocks shots, he plays physical," Tardy said, "and when he's doing the little things like that it gets everyone else fired up."

"He's pretty sound with getting the puck out of the zone and supporting our defensemen," Reiter said. "When they're grinding it out in the corners, if they can get him the puck, you're not going to have worry about getting it jammed right back down your throat. He takes care of the puck and communicates out there."

"I'm just trying to go out there and help my team win as much as I can," Connolly said, "whether it's making a couple passes or scoring a couple goals."

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