HOUGHTON, Mich. — There’s something about the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena that seems to bring out the best in Minnesota-Duluth.
Dominic Toninato scored twice and Austin Farley had a goal and an assist to propel No. 9 UMD past No. 4 Michigan Tech 3-1 Friday night, extending the Bulldogs’ unbeaten streak in Houghton to eight games. UMD, which is 7-0-1 on the Huskies’ home ice going back to Feb.
The Bulldogs started the weekend series in forceful fashion as they outshot the Huskies 20-6 in the first period, but managed get just one puck past Michigan Tech goaltender Jamie Phillips. That came off the stick of Toninato, who finished a rebound off a shot from Farley with 1:14 to go while UMD was on the power play.
Farley picked up the eventual game-winner at 7:30 of second period with a four-on-four goal off a rebound just just outside the Michigan Tech goal crease. At the 6:16 of the third period, Michigan Tech’s Dylan Stemen tipped in a shot to cut the Bulldog lead in half. Then UMD senior right winger Adam Krause sprung Toninato with long pass and he broke in all alone and beat Phillips with a nifty move for his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Phillips came into the night sporting with the nation’s second-best goals against average.
“That’s what you have to do against good goalies — get pucks on net and look for rebounds and second chances,” said Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin, who is 29-15-9 lifetime against Michigan Tech. “We did a good job of that tonight, we just didn’t finish on all of them.”
Kasimir Kaskisuo made 26 saves en route to posting his 11th win of the year — tops among all NCAA I rookie netminders — in 15 appearances.