MINNESOTA DULUTH SKATES PAST ALASKA ANCHORAGE, 3-1
Senior forward Travis Oleksuk scores game-winner for Bulldogs
DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Alaska Anchorage may have finally solved Kenny Reiter, but it couldn't solve the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Seawolves, who were blanked by Reiter and the Bulldogs in Friday's Western Collegiate Hockey Association series opener, did manage to end the senior goaltender's school-record scoreless run at 166:45 and grab an early 1-0 lead in the rematch. From then on, however, its was business as usual for UMD as the defending NCAA champions rallied for a 3-1 victory and extended the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2).
Rookie defenseman Derik Johnson got the equalizer for the No. 10 Bulldogs with a wrist shot from the right point at 10:50 of the second period before Travis Oleksuk's power play goal off a nifty feed from sophomore feed from J.T. Brown four minutes later gave UMD the lead for good. Two-time All-American center Jack Connolly, who had four points on the weekend, added an insurance goal midway through the final period to complete UMD's second home sweep of the 2011-12 season.
"I'm not known for scoring many goals," said Johnson. " But for my first one to come at home in front of our fans was pretty exciting."
Both Reiter, who has allowed just 10 goals and has registered a .955 saves percentage during UMD's eight-game winning streak, and his counterpart, Chris Kamal, were credited with 33 stops.
"When you beat a team on Friday, they are going to come harder and that much hungrier the next night," said Brown, who also assisted on Johnson's goal. "We knew that was going to happen tonight, but we weathered the storm early and played much better after the first period.
"Kenny has kept us in a lot of games so far. They had a lot of great scoring opportunities and it could have easily been three- or four-to-nothing at the end of the first period. We definitely have to give him a lot of credit for the way he's been playing the last month."
The Bulldogs (7-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in the WCHA) will remain at AMSOIL Arena next weekend to take on Minnesota State University-Mankato in their final home activity until Jan. 20.