DULUTH, Minn - The way the University of Minnesota Duluth has been piling up goals this season - particularly at home - being down 2-0 Friday night was nothing to panic about.
After outshooting Michigan Tech University 18-7 through the opening 20 minutes of play and having nothing to show for it, the No. 2 Bulldogs erased a two-goal deficit by scoring five straight times and held on to upend the Huskies 5-3 before a near sellout crowd of 5,035 at Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
Senior right winger Justin Fontaine got the comeback rolling by scoring the first two of those five goals, including a momentum-shifting shorthanded tally 2:46 into the third period, while junior center Jack Connolly, rookie right winger Joe Basaraba and sophomore left winger Dan DeLisle each scored once. Sophomore defenseman Wade Bergman was credited with a pair of assists for the Bulldogs, who improved to 8-1-2 overall and remained all alone in first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings at 5-1-1.
Freshman netminder Aaron Crandall, who gave up two goals on the first four shots he faced Friday, wound up with 14 saves as UMD improved its home winning streak to six game going back to last year (5-0-0 in 2010-11). Josh Robinson made 42 stops for Michigan Tech.
The two clubs will close out the weekend series Saturday night.