HERBERT LEADS BULLDOGS PAST MAVERICKS, 5-2
Freshman forward Caleb Herbert scores two goals and assist for Bulldogs
Caleb Herbert's time with the University of Minnesota Duluth has been brief, but he's already made quite an impression with a number of Western Collegiate Hockey Association schools. Count Minnesota State University-Mankato as one of them.
The rookie right winger scored twice and assisted on one other goal Friday night in helping lead the the No. 8 Bulldogs to a 5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over the visiting Mavericks. Herbert had two of UMD's first three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 2:37 to go int he second period while his linemate, senior center Travis Oleksuk ,added a goal and an assist as UMD ran its unbeaten streak to nine game (7-0-2) -- its longest in eight years and the best at the moment in college hockey.
UMD took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 21-9, but struck two times in each of the final two periods to keep the Mavericks winless in their last seven visits to Duluth (0-6-1).
"I'm happy to get the two points, I'll tell you that," said Bulldog head coach Scott Sandelin, who collected his 200th career win. "They are a tough team and we were expecting that. We had a couple of good shifts early and Kenny (Reiter) made some great saves in that first period. That's two nights in a row he's had to bail us out."
Two-time All-American center Jack Connolly and sophomore right winger J.T. Brown also had one goal each for the Bulldogs and Kenny Reiter turned in a 34-save performance. The senior from Pittsburg, Pa., has now allowed just three goals in his last 281:27 of action. UMD failed to score a power play for only the second time all season, going 0-for-6, but killed off all but one of the Mavericks eight opportunities with the man advantage. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 8-3-1 overall and moved to within one point of league-leading Minnesota in the WCHA standings at 6-2-1.
The two clubs will close out their WCHA series Saturday night in UMD's final home appearance until Jan. 20.
" Coach told us to just keep playing hard, get after pucks and stick with it," said Herbert, who is now the WCHA's second-leading freshman scorer with 13 points. "As long as we get pucks out of our zone and cut down on turnovers we should be able keep things rolling."