DULUTH, Minn. - The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center will now longer be the home of University of Minnesota Duluth hockey and the Bulldogs will certainly miss the old barn - and for good reason.
UMD is off to its best home start since the 1995-96 season, going 6-0-0 with the latest victim being Michigan Tech University, which came up on the short end of a 4-2 verdict Saturday night. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (9-1-2 overall and a league-leading 6-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, took advantage of a boatload of power play play opportunities in the second period, going three-for-five with the extra man during that stretch en route to completing the series sweep over Huskies (3-4-2; 1-4-1).
Rookie defenseman Justin Faulk scored two of those three goals a little 95 seconds apart midway through the period from nearly the same spot - near the top of the right faceoff circle - to break a 2-2 deadlock. Junior center Travis Oleksuk (on the power play 1:58 into the second period) and junior left winger Mike Connolly (at the 3:35 mark of the first) also tallied for UMD, which outshot Michigan Tech 34-23 on the night and held a 26-14 advantage through the first 40 minutes of play.
Junior All-American center Jack Connolly helped set up both of Faulk's scores as well as the goal by his linemate, Mike Connolly (who extended his personal scoring streak to a career-high 10 games) for a three-point night.
UMD junior Kenny Reiter finished with 21 saves to remain unbeaten (5-0-2) in seven starts this season.
The Bulldogs will be at the University of Wisconsin next Friday and Saturday (Nov. 19-20) before returning to action two weeks later for their final two games ever at the DECC against the University of Denver.