Freshman forward Tony Cameranesi scores two goals and assist for Bulldogs

Tony Cameranesi scored two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs

Now that the Western Collegiate Hockey Association schedule is reaching its stretch run, the University of Minnesota Duluth knows each point gains importance with every passing day, especially with a home-ice spot in its sights.

The Bulldogs, who had failed to lock up a sweep in Duluth all season, finally finished off a series with a 5-4 win over visiting Michigan Technological University in front of a record crowd of 6,829 at AMSOIL Arena.

It marked the fourth straight conference win for UMD and upped the Bulldogs' record to 6-1-1 over their last eight WCHA contests, both giant streaks with UMD battling to finish in the league's top-half.

"It was good to come back home and get the sweep," said freshman forward Tony Cameranesi. "It's a great feeling because we haven't (swept a team at home) yet this year, and it's more special on a night like this where we're wearing the pink and it's Breast Cancer Awareness night. It was a great team win, and really great team wins both nights."

Cameranesi did his part to make the night a special one for all in attendance, notching a pair of goals and an assist - all which came in the game's final 35 minutes.

With the Bulldogs leading 2-1 after an Alex Petan goal early in the second period, Cameranesi went to work. He gave UMD a 3-1 lead on a breakaway goal off a beautiful setup from defenseman Tim Smith just three minutes after the MTU goal, then, after Tech narrowed the lead to a single goal once again, Cameranesi blasted a one-timer past Pheonix Copley to make it 4-2 Bulldogs after two.

He then set up defenseman Wade Bergman for a third-period power-play goal - the eventual game-winner - to solidify himself as the game's No. 1 star.

"We were in a little bit of a slump as a team after the Florida tournament," Cameranesi said. "Being able to come back home and get four points and a five-goal game is just what we needed."

Goaltender Matt McNeely stopped 28 shots for his second win in a row, and two other Bulldogs - Charlie Sampair and Derik Johnson - got on the score sheet with single assists.

UMD (9-10-3, 7-6-3 WCHA) are right back at it next weekend when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a pair of games against Colorado College.


Cameranesi and Seidel both remain tied atop the UMD scoring charts with 22 points ... UMD moves into a share of sixth place (with Wisconsin) in the WCHA standings