Minnesota Duluth salvaged a series split against Minnesota State-Mankato by rebounding from a 5-4 overtime loss on Friday in Duluth with a 6-2 win on the road Saturday in Mankato.
Here are my thumbs up and thumbs down for the Bulldogs tonight, followed by my three stars.
Thumbs up to the Bulldogs’ local boys
Led by Duluth native and sophomore forward Dominic Toninato, the Bulldogs’ Northland players shined this weekend.
Toninato got the game-winning goal tonight in what was more like a 4-2 game rather than a 6-2 game because of the two empty netters. Hermantown native and freshman forward Jared Thomas not only picked up the insurance goal at 4-2, but the dagger into the empty net at 5-2. Those are his first two collegiate goals.
And lets not forget Karson Kuhlman of Esko. The freshman forward was the hero Friday night when he tied the game at 4-4, only to have that celebration spoiled by the Mavericks scoring in OT.
Of the Bulldogs’ 16 goals this year, nine are scored by Northland products.
Thumbs down to the Bulldogs falling behind again
I talked with UMD head coach Scott Sandelin, freshman goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo and Toninanto after the game, and all three were disappointed the team fell behind 1-0, so I’ll be disappointed the Bulldogs fell behind 1-0.
But let’s be honest here. A 1-0 hole is nothing compared to a two or three goal deficit. It’s a non-story if not for the three goal deficit on Friday and originally against the Gophers. The Bulldogs have proved to be pretty resilient so far and may just thrive on fighting back.