Defending champs rally to win
Minnesota-Duluth scores four consecutive to extend win streak
Last Updated - January 7, 2012 12:11 GMT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Not even a one-month layoff could cool down the hottest team in the nation.
Minnesota-Duluth, which had been idle since Dec.10, returned to the ice on Friday armed with a No. 1 national ranking and a school record-tying 14-game unbeaten streak.
Following a somewhat sluggish first-period, the Bulldogs rallied for a 4-1 victory against No. 8 Western Michigan. The defending national champion Bulldogs, paying their first-visit to Western Michigan, struck for four unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 midway through the opening period.
| No. 1 UMD 4, No. 8 Western Michigan 1
| Cornell 3, No. 6 Colorado College 1
| Alabama.-Huntsville 3, No. 11 Denver 2
| Miami (Ohio) 2, No. 15 Michigan State 1
| No. 16 Michigan 4, Lake Superior 2
| No. 17 Ferris State 4, Colgate 3
| Quinnipiac 2, No. 20 Yale 1
The Bulldogs moved to 13-3-3 on the year and 12-0-3 in their last 15 outings.
Senior right winger J.T. Brown, senior center Travis Oleksuk, sophomore right winger Joe Basaraba and junior center Jake Hendrickson (an empty netter) all scored for the Bulldogs while senior center Jack Connolly had three assists.
It marked the fourth three-point night in the last six outings for the two-time All-American, whose career-high scoring streak now stands at 17 games, five shy of the program record.
Brown's power play goal came at 9:09 of the second period, knotting the game at 1-1 and Oleksuk then put the Bulldogs ahead for good with his 14th goal of the season off a blistering one-timer on a 5-on-3 power play with 8:05 to go in regulation.
Senior Kenny Reiter, who has been in goal during the Bulldogs' entire 15-game unbeaten steak, stopped 26 of 27 Bronco shots while his counterpart, Frank Slubowski finished with 24 saves.