The Bulldog men’s hockey team is making the most of the last few games at the old DECC arena before moving over to the new Amsoil Arena at the end of December. With this last weekend’s sweep of Michigan Tech the Bulldogs are 6-0 at home this year. Ranked number two in the nation the Bulldogs are 9-1-2 on the year and lead the WCHA with a 6-1-1 record. In Friday night’s game Michigan Tech jumped off to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Brett Olson and Milos Gordic. The Bulldogs closed the game to 2-1 in the second period on Justin Fontaine’s seventh goal of the season assisted by Jack Connolly and Justin Faulk. The Bulldogs blew it open in the third period scoring four goals to Michigan Tech’s one. Fontaine opened with his second goal of the night unassisted and Jack Connolly, Joe Basaraga and Dan DeLisle followed. Aaron Crandall finished with 14 saves for the Bulldogs to get his fourth win of the year. Huskies goalie Josh Robinson had 42 saves in a losing effort. The Bulldogs scored first in Saturday night’s game as Mike Connolly got his eight goal of the season with an assist from Jack Connolly. Michigan Tech came right back as Ryan Furne picked up his third goal of the season assisted by Jacob Johnstone and Eric Kattelus and the first period ended knotted 1-1. UMD began the second period on a powerplay due to a five minute major penalty to Tech’s Patrick McCadden at the end of the first period. Travis Oleksuk took advantage and scored his seventh goal with assists from J.T. Brown and Dylan Olsen giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Daniel Holmberg tied the score for Tech three minutes later with an assist from Jacob Johnstone. Then the game got interesting. Both teams exchanged minor penalties for roughing, cross checking, unsportsmanlike conduct, etc until Justin Faulk scored on a Bulldog power play at 13:17 of the period assisted by Jack Connolly and Dylan Olsen. Following the goal Mike Connolly of the Bulldogs was leveled by Tech’s Eric Kattelus resulting in a two minute minor and 10 minute misconduct and game misconduct penalties for Kattelus. With the Bulldogs now up five skaters to three Justin Faulk scored his second goal of the evening with assists again going to Connolly and Olsen and giving the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead at the end of the second period. Prepared now to watch the fights I was disappointed when a hockey game broke out in the third period. Although Tech managed to pick up another two minute unsportsmanlike conduct and 10 minute misconduct penalties the Bulldogs did not capitalize on the powerplay opportunity. Kenny Reiter finished with 14 saves for the Bulldogs and improved his record to 5-0-2. Kevin Genoe had 30 saves for Tech and dropped to 2-3-1 on the year. Did you like this article? Hit the subscribe button above to receive e-mail alerts when new articles about Duluth sports are published by Randy!