Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Minnesota Duluth Athletics

Three weeks from now, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center will cease being the home of University of Minnesota Duluth hockey and even though they'll be relocating to one of the finest college ice facilities in the nation, the Bulldogs will nevertheless miss the old barn -- and for good reason.

UMD is off to its best home start since the 1995-96 season, going 6-0-0 with the latest victim being Michigan Tech University, which came up on the short end of a 4-2 verdict Saturday night. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (9-1-2 overall and a league-leading 6-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, took advantage of a boatload of power play play opportunities in the second period, going three-for-five with the extra man during that stretch en route to completing the series sweep over Huskies (3-4-2; 1-4-1). Rookie defenseman Justin Faulk scored two of those three goals a little 95 seconds apart midway through the period from nearly the same spot -- near the top of the right faceoff circle -- to break a 2-2 deadlock.. Junior center Travis Oleksuk (on the power play 1:58 into the second period) and junior left winger Mike Connolly (at the 3:35 mark of the first) also tallied for UMD, which outshot Michigan Tech 34-23 on the night and held a 26-14 advantage through the first 40 minutes of play. Junior All-American center Jack Connolly helped set up both of Faulk's scores as well as the goal by his linemate, Mike Connolly (who extended his personal scoring streak to a career-high 10 games) for a three-point night.

UMD junior Kenny Reiter finished with 21 saves to remain unbeaten (5-0-2) in seven starts this season.

The Bulldogs will be at the University of Wisconsin next Friday and Saturday (Nov. 19-20) before returning to action two weeks later for their final two games ever at the DECC against the University of Denver.