Allentown, Pa. - Minnesota Duluth’s overtime winning streak in NCAA tournament games continued on Saturday.
Team captain Parker Mackay’s second goal of the game — on a rebound at 11 minutes, 45 seconds into an extra period — enabled defending champion UMD to edge Bowling Green 2-1 at the PPL Center in the Midwest Region men’s hockey semifinals. The Bulldogs have won seven overtime games in a row in national tournaments. Ironically, their last overtime loss was to Bowling Green, 5-4 in four overtimes in the 1984 championship game in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Mackay, a senior from Irma, Alberta, scored his first goal with 3:01 left in the third period to tie the score.
“We just needed a goal or we needed something to give us some life,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. “Parks gave us life with the tying goal and, obviously, it was great to see him score in overtime. That’s what leaders do.”
Ryan Bednard made 40 saves for the Falcons (25-11-5) and impressed Parker.
“He is a big goalie and had really a good game,” said Parker, who scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season on him. “Just late in the game there, once we did get that [first] goal, we started pushing, moving our feet like we have been able to. That’s one of our strengths.”
“We knew it was going to be a very hard game,” Sandelin said. “Not a lot of room.”
“We’ve been fortunate to be on the right side of these [tight] games the last four years,” Parker said.
The Falcons, who lost 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota State Mankato in the WCHA tournament in their last game, took a 1-0 lead on Brandon Kruse’s goal on an odd-man rush at 16:23 of the second period.
Hunter Shepard, one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award, which goes to the nation’s top goalie, made 30 stops for UMD (26-11-2).
Quinnipiac 2, Arizona State 1: Joel O’Connor and William Fallstrom scored goals for the Bobcats (26-9-2), who took a 2-0 lead and held off the Sun Devils. Defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk scored for Arizona State (21-13-1) midway through the third period. The Sun Devils were making their first NCAA appearance.
Andrew Shortridge made 20 saves for Quinnipiac, Joey Daccord 36 for ASU.