Bulldogs Fall to Pioneers in Opener
Special Teams Cost UMD Against Denver
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The 13th ranked UMD Bulldogs fell to the number 8 Denver Pioneers, Friday Night.
UMD Coach, Scott Sandelin said going into the game, the Bulldogs plan was be physical with the smaller Denver team.
“Not a very big group, but they’re quick,” Sandelin said. “We need to make it hard. We need to finish checks.”
The Bulldogs came out following that game plan.
Senior Winger Charlie Sampair was called for boarding three minutes into the 1st period and the Bulldogs would not be able to kill the penalty.
Denver Senior Jarid Lukosevicius scored with 9 seconds left in the 5 on 4 opportunity, when what looked like a pass ricocheted into the net off Bulldog captain, Andy Welinski.
The Bulldogs, couldn’t get on track after Lukosevicius’ goal, and missed out on a huge 5 on 3 opportunity near the end of the 1st period.
UMD was called for 3 penalties in the 2nd period, and it eventually cost them a goal.
Near the end of the 2nd period, Welinski was sent to the box for interference and the Pioneers would convert again.
Lukosevicius got his second power play goal of the night less than a minute into the Pioneers’ advantage, putting the Bulldogs down, 2-0.
Less than a minute later Pioneer senior captain, Grant Arnold beat UMD goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo on the glove side, for the final score of the night.
The 8th ranked Pioneers now boast a record of 6-3-0 while number 13 UMD Falls to 3-4-2 on the young season.
The two teams will match up again, Saturday night.