Duluth trounces No. 1-ranked Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS — The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team had its 10-game home unbeaten streak snapped by in-state foe Minnesota Duluth Sunday afternoon at Mariucci Arena, dropping a 6-2 decision.
Minnesota is now 9-2-1 on the season, while No. 19 Duluth moved to 6-5-1.
The last loss Minnesota suffered on home ice was a 2-0 defeat against then-No. 10 Denver back on March 1.
After Minnesota beat is 6-1 Friday night, the Bulldogs jumped ahead with an opportunistic first period, staking themselves to a 3-0 lead on eight shots.
Dominic Toninato opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal, tipping home a Joe Basaraba pass at the 7:47 mark. UMD made it three goals in a 6:40 span after Tony Cameranesi and Justin Crandall found the back of the net at even strength and on the power play, respectively.
Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly gave Minnesota life in the second period, narrowing the gap to two on a power-play goal from the point. Captain Kyle Rau and fellow junior Sam Warning notched assists on the goal. Warning extended his season-opening point streak to 12 games with the helper.
Duluth answered back with two power-play tallies before the end of the middle frame, however, as Austin Farley and Kyle Osterberg gave the Bulldogs a 5-1 advantage heading into the third period.
Osterberg's goal at the 15:12 mark ended Gopher goaltender Adam Wilcox's afternoon. He was replaced by senior Michael Shibrowski.