UMD came out and showed why they are a contending team in the WCHA Saturday night in the first round of the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vermont. With strong defensive play and balanced scoring, the Bulldogs gave the cold shoulder to ACHL co-leader Mercyhurst 6-0.
Some rustiness was evident early in the game given both teams were coming off of three week breaks, but UMD showed its fire power with three second period goals. The second period goals are important for UMD because of their documented troubles in the middle period thus far in the season.
Kenny Reiter posted the first shutout of the season for the Bulldogs stopping all 26 shots by the Lakers.
“Kenny’s performance and the fact that we got rolling in the second period, a period we haven’t done well in this season, made the difference in the game,” said Scott Sandelin, coach of the Bulldogs. “It was a good way to start the New Year.”
Tonight the team keeps playing for the Catamount Cup taking on host Vermont at 6:00pm CST.