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Fast-paces Offense Beats RPI

Duluth Scores 5 Second-period Goals

By Kevin Pates

Albany Times Union, October 28, 2001

DULUTH, Minn. - A lack of goals has been a problem for Minnesota-Duluth the past three years, but the Bulldogs have found their scoring touch so far this hockey season.

The second period Saturday night was the most productive so far as UMD got 23 shots on goal and five goals on the way to a 6-5 victory over RPI, before 3,542 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

UMD (4-2), after averaging 2.55 goals a game for three years, has 26 goals in six games this season - more than four a game, although all but one game has been decided by one goal.

The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 before getting into gear and finally outshooting RPI 41-31.

"I don't know how you describe what happened, but when we got behind that kind of kicked us in the butt. And when we scored, each line just carried that momentum," said freshman winger Tyler Brosz, who scored UMD's first goal.

RPI (1-3) scored the first two goals of the game, from center Nolan Graham and winger Matt Murley, for a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

Then the Bulldogs went to their quick-strike mode. They got two goals in 18 seconds, three in 3:48 and four in 5:14 to zoom to a 4-2 lead with 7:26 left in the second period.

The Engineers recovered to get within 4-3 on Graham's second goal, on a power play, before UMD's Jon Francisco scored his second goal of the game with 61 seconds left in the second period for a 5-4 advantage.

In the eight-goal second period, UMD senior winger Judd Medak had four points on a goal and three assists, while RPI junior center Marc Cavosie had three assists.

As the period closed, Francisco was hooked on a breakaway which gave UMD a power play to start the third period. Bulldogs freshman center Evan Schwabe used the man-advantage for a goal at 68 seconds and a 6-4 lead.

"The wheels fell off. For a while there was very little defense being played and there was offense galore," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen. "We tended to do some puck watching. We have to play smarter hockey."

Murley got the Engineers within 6-5 with a drive from the right point at 8:35 of the third period. It was the fifth goal of the season for Murley, who was taken in the second round (51st overall) by Pittsburgh in the 1999 National Hockey League entry draft.

UMD senior Tom Nelson missed Saturday's game with ligament damage to his right knee suffered Friday.

"The thing I liked best was we had some key players out and we needed some others to step up and play a role," said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. "We got a great game from all of our freshmen which made a big difference."

UMD junior Rob Anderson was in goal following Adam Coole, who worked Friday's 4-3 overtime win.

Nathan Marsters started Friday for RPI.