UMD men's hockey: Bulldogs score late to salvage overtime tie with Miami
Kobe Roth puts two pucks into the back of the net in the third period, but only one counted in the 2-2 overtime tie and shootout loss.
DULUTH — An extra-attacker goal by fifth-year senior wing Kobe Roth with under two minutes to play on Saturday allowed seventh-ranked Minnesota Duluth to salvage a 2-2 overtime tie with Miami before a crowd of 5,827 fans at Amsoil Arena.
The RedHawks picked up the extra point in the NCHC standings, winning a three-round shootout 1-0. That extra point could have put the Bulldogs alone into second place in the NCHC, instead, the Bulldogs sit tied with Western Michigan six points back of league-leading North Dakota.
Roth tied the game with 1:47 to go in regulation via a slap shot from above the faceoff circles. He credited sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kaiser for finding him early in the 6-on-5 advantage for UMD.
“I just tried to find open ice to give him an option, he found me, and I just tried to get a shot on net the best I could,” Roth said of his game-tying goal. “I was fortunate enough it kind of squeaked through. I wasn’t really looking for anything, just trying to get a shot off as quick as I could. I was far away there, so I thought I’d put a slap shot on it, because my shot is not hard. It worked out.”
The goal wasn’t his first game-tying goal of the third period. It was just the first one to be counted.
Roth had a goal waved off with 13:07 to go in the game. He backhanded the puck through traffic, but the goal was disallowed because of goalie interference by UMD senior captain Noah Cates.
“I just tried to get a whack at it with the loose puck there,” Roth said of the disallowed goal. “I couldn’t really tell or see what happened with Cates there. I looked at the replay right away, and I thought it looked clean, but the refs reviewed it and are going to make whatever call they think is right. I’m not going to argue with them. They reviewed, made that call. That’s them. It’s tough, but happy we battled back and found another one later. It’s tough to lose in the shootout.”
UMD coach Scott Sandelin challenged the call — Cates’ contact with the goalie was minimal — but the “no goal” call was quickly upheld via a short video review. Sandelin not only lost a timeout by losing the challenge, but he lost his cool, taking a bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. UMD was able to kill the Miami power play.
Sandelin said he got no explanation from the NCHC officiating crew of Bobby Lukkason and Andy Thackaberry after the review.
“That’s why I got a penalty, because he wouldn’t come over and tell me,” Sandelin said.
Sandelin said he didn’t think Cates’ contact affected the goalie’s ability to stop the shot from Roth.
“I thought Cates did a good job initially to get back out of the way and hold his ground, and I don't think it had anything to do with the goal,” Sandelin said. “And all I wanted was an explanation after that, and obviously, I didn't get one. And he didn't give me an opportunity, right? Usually, if they're going to give you a bench (minor), they're gonna say, ‘Hey, that's enough.’ He stood there for 30 seconds — felt like 30 seconds — and didn't want to come over. I thought that was wrong.”
The Bulldogs outshot the RedHawks 52-17 on Saturday. Power plays were also 5-to-1 in favor of UMD, which had two man advantages in the third period and another in overtime.
Miami was held to just three shots in the opening 30 minutes Saturday, going 13 minutes without a shot on goal at one point between the second and third periods.
Miami got on the board with its fourth shot of the game and second of the second period when sophomore wing Matthew Barbolini tied the game at 1-1 with a puck that went in off both posts. Sophomore center Thomas Daskas then gave the RedHawks the lead at 13:44 of the second by popping a rebound up and over Bulldogs junior goaltender Ryan Fanti.
The two Miami goals came off five shots in a span of 2:33 in the second.
“Defensively, we had those couple minutes where they got a couple bounces,” UMD fifth-year senior wing Koby Bender said. “Just limiting that and continuing to do what we did offensively tonight going forward is going to be huge for us.”
Jesse Jacques, the Hermantown native who played his 100th game as a Bulldog on Saturday, gave UMD a 1-0 lead 14 minutes in with a backward shot that bounced in off a RedHawk. It was the sixth goal of the season for the senior center and fourth goal in eight games.
Miami sophomore goalie Ludvig Persson made 50 saves while Fanti finished with 15 saves on 17 shots.
Minnesota Duluth 1-0-1-0—2
2. MU, Matthew Barbolini (Nick Donato, Red Savage), 11:11
Saves — Ludvig Persson, MU, 50; Ryan Fanti, UMD, 15.
Power play — MU 0-1; UMD 0-5. Penalties — MU 5-10; UMD 1-2.