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Banner night ends in tie: UMD, Minnesota skate to deadlock on night Bulldogs celebrate 2018 title

Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs forward Parker Mackay (39) is pressured by Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Brent Gates Jr. (10) during Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Forum News Service1 / 5
Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Tommy Novak (17) shoots the puck on goal against Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs goaltender Hunter Shepard (32) during Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Forum News Service2 / 5
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs forward Riley Tufte (27)hooks Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Jack Ramsey (16)during Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. Tufte served a two-minute penalty for the play. Clint Austin / Forum News Service3 / 5
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs forward Justin Richards (19)competes for the puck near forward Tommy Novak (17) and Minnesota Golden Gophers defenseman Sam Rossini (28) near Minnesota Golden Gophers goaltender Mat Robson (40) during Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Forum News Service4 / 5
The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs raised the banner for the 2018 National Championship season before Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Forum News Service5 / 5

DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth unveiled its 2018 NCAA championship banner on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Amsoil Arena.

Unfortunately, the top-ranked Bulldogs were unable to extend their lengthy eight-game win streak over No. 13 Minnesota, battling their rivals to a 1-1 overtime tie in the regular-season opener before a sellout crowd of 7,362 fans.

The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with the Gophers trying to notch their first victory over UMD since Feb. 10, 2014, when they opened the regular season against each other at the IceBreaker Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Freshman wing Sampo Ranta scored for Minnesota in the first period and senior center Peter Krieger tied the game early in the third.

The Bulldogs' first goal since now graduated senior wing Jared Thomas scored in the 2018 NCAA championship in St. Paul came on a power play. UMD was on the advantage after killing off a pair of penalties that came late in the second, with the second Gophers power play bleeding into the third.

Junior wing Riley Tufte threaded a pass through the Minnesota penalty kill to a waiting Kobe Roth, a sophomore wing, who quickly one-timed the puck on net. The shot was stopped, but Krieger was there to finish the play, tying the game at 1-1.

Ranta, an 18-year-old out of Finland, ricocheted in the first goal of the night via a laser off the far post, calming a raucous UMD crowd that was still jacked up from the unveiling of the 2018 national championship banner.

Shepard, who finished with 27 saves, came up big in the second period for UMD, foiling a trio of odd-man Gophers rushes that included a late-developing solo break and then perfectly executed two-on-one and three-on-two rushes.

Minnesota 1-0-0-0—1 Minnesota Duluth 0-0-1-0—1

First period — 1. MN, Sampo Ranta 1 (Tommy Novak, Clayton Phillips), 12:07. Penalties — Phillips, MN (cross checking), 8:39; Jack Sadek, MN (interference), 16:09. Second period — No scoring. Penalties — Sadek, MN (holding), 11:21; Dylan Samberg, UMD (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:21; Nick Wolff, UMD (boarding), 16:08; Riley Tufte, UMD (hooking), 18:53. Third period — 5. 2. UMD, Peter Krieger 1 (Kobe Roth, Riley Tufte), 3:38 (pp). Penalties — Ben Brinkman, MN (interference), 2:49; Ryan Norman, MN (boarding), 10:14; Tyler Nanne, MN (clipping), 12:04. Overtime — No scoring. Penalties — None. Shots on goal — MN 7-16-3-2—28; UMD 10-10-9-3—32. Goalies — Mat Robson, MN (32 shots-31 saves); Hunter Shepard, UMD (28-27). Power plays — MN 0-of-2; UMD 1-of-5. Referees — Todd Anderson, Cameron Voss. Linesmen — Nick Biondich, Dana Penkivech. Att. — 7,362.

Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.

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