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Five-goal third period for UMD pushes Bulldogs past Warriors

UMD exploded for five goals in the third period to beat Merrimack in the series finale on Saturday night …

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Cole McBride scored his first collegiate goal and senior Jared Kolquist finished the weekend with two goals in his home state, but the Merrimack College men’s ice hockey fell to No. 9/13 Minnesota Duluth, 7-2, in the finale of a two-game series on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena.

“We didn’t play great but we hung around,” said Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy. “Weren’t very good in the neutral zone, which lead poor breakouts and too much time in the d-zone. Every time we got a bit of momentum, we went to the box and then we ran out of gas late.”

UMD had two early power plays and capitalized on the second one night after both teams combined for seven goals on the man advantage. The Bulldogs outshot Merrimack by 10 (14-4) in the first period but only had that one-goal lead after 20 minutes.

McBride connected 5:20 into the second period to draw the Warriors even, but UMD answered three minutes later to retake the lead and that 2-1 score went unchanged the rest of the period.

The Bulldogs doubled their lead 2:30 into the third period, but Kolquist responded with his second tally of the weekend 24 seconds later to get the visitors back within one. But that was the closest the Warriors would get, as UMD answered with the final four goals of the night to close out the contest.

Merrimack goaltender Drew Vogler was pulled in the third period, giving way for Logan Halladay to see his first collegiate action, playing the final four minutes of the game.

One night after going 4-for-6 on the man advantage, Merrimack’s power play was 0-for-4 on Saturday, while Duluth went 2-for-5 and finished the weekend 5-for-10.

Merrimack opens its league schedule next weekend with a home-and-home against Massachusetts. Puck drop each night is set for 7 p.m., and the series starts on Friday at the Mullins Center before returning to Lawler Rink on Saturday.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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