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SEIDEL, BULLDOGS STORM PAST NO. 16 NEBRASKA-OMAHA FRIDAY NIGHT
Friday, March 8, 2013
During the first intermission of Friday's night Western Collegiate Hockey Association series opener with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Minnesota Duluth winger Mike Seidel was recognized as being the Bulldog Fan Favorite Award winner for 2012-13.
It didn't take him long to show the UMD faithful his appreciation.
Seidel scored twice and assisted on another goal in the opening 14:30 of the second period, helping UMD erase a 3-1 deficit and go on to derail the No. 16-ranked Mavericks 5-4 at AMSOIL Arena. Four other forwards -- rookie Austin Farley (one goal and three assists), junior Joe Basaraba (1-1=2), sophomore Caleb Herbert (0-2=2) and freshmen Tony Cameranesi (0-2=2) -- also turned in multi-points for the Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in five of their last six games (3-1-2).
"It was a great team effort by everyone tonight," said Seidel, who has now reached the 30-point barrier for the second year in a row (a UMD-best 16 goals and 14 assists). "We have been playing well the past three weeks and tonight was no exception. We made a few mental mistakes but we never gave up. Even after trailing 2-0 and 3-1, we just continued to get pucks to the net and it paid off."
Farley scored the Bulldogs' lone first-period goal, roofing a shot over starting Maverick goaltender Ryan Massa at the 14:15 mark. Trailing 3-1, senior left winger Dan DeLisle ingnited the second-period surge by potting his second goal of the year six minutes in before Basarba took a centering feed and slid it past Massa to even the score 31 seconds later. Seidel scored on consecutive power play shots 37 seconds apart later in the period, the second of which came against backup netminder John Faulker, who ultimately took the loss.
Cameranesi and Farley, who has racked up five goals and six assists during his five-game scoring streak, now share the Bulldog scoring lead with 32 points -- the third highest rookie total in the nation.
Rookie goaltender Matt McNeely finished with 24 saves while improving to10-11-3 overall. UMD cashed in on two of its four opportunities in the win and is 9-for-24 on the power play over the last five games.
UMD (13-17-5; 9-13-5 WCHA) and Nebraska-Omaha (18-15-2; 14-11-2) will close out the 2012-13 regular season Saturday night in the final WCHA outing for both clubs.
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