Bulldogs start fast, finish strong for insane win over Broncos – Duluth News Tribune

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Goals fell inside Lawson Ice Arena Friday with the same force and speed that snow fell outside from a winter storm that has been feeding the Lake Michigan city since Thursday morning.

This was especially true early on as Minnesota Duluth and No. 14 Western Michigan scored three goals each opening 9:03 into the game before the Bulldogs eventually edged the Broncos 5-4 in the NCHC on Friday.

UMD junior defense Darian Gotze of Hermantown won the title for the Bulldogs with a minute to play, catching a pass from first wing Quinn Olson on his way out of the box. This set up a breakaway and the winner of the game for Gotz.

“We knew the game was going to start quickly, but that was definitely an exclamation mark for speed,” said Goetz, who scored his first goal of the season and the third of his career at UMD. “I was just happy with the way we stayed in the game the whole game.”

The second game of the series is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday in Kalamazoo, which remains under a Winter Storm Warning due to the icy lake effect through Sunday morning.

The freshmen scored the first three goals for the Bulldogs, as forwards Kyle Pettins and Cole Spicer gave UMD a 2-0 lead 4:33 into the game with their first collegiate goals. Ben Steves scored his seventh career Player of the Year goal, tying the game 3-3 with a sniping from the right circle at 9:03 of the first.

The Broncos got on the board with a fifth-year turnaround goal by Jimmy Roma after Spicer’s goal. Soon after, madness ensued — no, madness.

UMD sophomore defenseman Owen Gallatin tied the game for Western Michigan with an unofficial own goal during a late Broncos penalty. Gallatin took a ball from behind the UMD net and put it into his own net after it was bounced off UMD goalkeeper Matthew Thiessen. Broncos’ young defenseman Cam Nobley—whose penalty was on him—was credited with the goal as the last Broncos to touch the ball.

A combination breakup during Noble’s punt by junior quarterback Luke Grainger put the Broncos ahead 3-2, as Steves scored on a late power play to again tie the score.

“Insane 10-12 minutes of the first period,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. “It was great to see Bettens and Spicer score first. I thought we were out and it was a good start, we got the lead, but I kept reminding them it was a long game. The way that game was going in the first period, I thought it could be 8-7, 9 -8″.

Senior winger Quinn Olson quickly restored UMD’s lead in the early minutes of the second half, however, Broncos’ senior winger Jason Pullen tied the game again on the power play 5:01 into the frame.

The Broncos came off a weekend average of 4.1 goals per game leading the NCHC this year, while the Bulldogs were tied with Miami, a league-low average of 2.1 per game. The Bulldogs had just four regulation goals — and one 3-on-3 goal — this past weekend in an OT loss and win at home against Omaha, but the team was confident it was poised for more after UMD put up 83 of its goals. 148 attempted shots on goal in the series.

“Confidence is the most important thing, and that’s what we’re running from right now,” Steves said. “(Saturday) we will endeavor to do the same, perhaps not as nail-biting. We shall certainly be out hot tomorrow.”

3. UMD Freshman Winger Ben Steves – With seven goals in his first 11 games for the Bulldogs, Steves clinched the game after UMD succumbed to an insane three-goal run to the Broncos that erased an early 2-0 lead.

2. UMD sophomore Darianne Gotze – It was unwise to take a penalty late in the game, however, and it was saved by the penalty shootout. PK then rewarded and redeemed himself by scoring the game winning goal.

1. Dominic James Sophomore at UMD – Coming back from an upper body injury, James had two big blocks at the end of the game when the Broncos pulled their guard for the extra tackle. The first left him on the ice injured, but he stayed in the game and sold himself again for another save.

Minnesota Duluth 3-1-1-5
Western Michigan 3-1-0—4
The first period
1. UMD, Kyle Pettins (Jack Smith) 2:45

2. UMD, Cole Spicer (Derek Dashke, Ben Steves), 4:33

3. WMU, Jamie Rome (Tim Washe, Aidan Fulp), 4:45
4. WMU, Cam Knuble, 7:16
5. WMU, Luke Grainger, 7:59 (AM)
6. UMD, Steeves (Daschke, Owen Gallatin), 9:03 (pp)

The second period
7. UMD, Quinn Olson (Isaac Howard), 1:47

8. WMU, Jason Polin (Ryan McAllister, Carter Berger), 5:01 (pp)
Third period
9. UMD, Darian Goetz (Olson, Carter Looney), 18:55

Memorizes – Matthew Theisen, UMD, 27; Cameron Rowe, WMU, 28.
power play – UMD 1-2; WMU 1-3. Penalties – UMD 3-6; WMU 2-4.

This story was updated at 10:52 PM on Friday, November 18, 2022, after a statistical correction by Western Michigan Athletics. Quinn Olson passed to Darian Gotze for the game-winning goal, giving him the lead assist on the game. Carter Looney had a secondary assist.

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