DULUTH, Minn. - The Providence College men's hockey team jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but seventh-ranked Minnesota Duluth scored seven consecutive goals en route to a 7-1 win Saturday night at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
The Friars took a quick 1-0 lead just 58 seconds into the opening period when Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded his first goal of the season. Junior Robert Maloney (Eagan, Minn.) and sophomore Tyler Landman (Roseau, Minn.) cycled the puck around the right wing boards and Landman emerged with the puck. Landman then slid a pass in front to Schaller who fired a one-timer past UMD goalie Aaron Crandall. It marked Landman's first collegiate point.
Minnesota Duluth (3-0-1) scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead into the first period intermission. Kyle Schmidt netted his second goal of the season from the left circle at 9:57 to pull his team even at 1-1. Travis Oleksuk gave UMD a 2-1 edge at 15:01 and Jack Connolly scored just 21 seconds later to make it a two-goal advantage. The Friars came close to cutting the margin as they had a five-on-three power play for 30 seconds late in the first period, but were not able to convert.
Wade Bergman extended UMD's lead to 4-1 at 5:17 of the second period, while Jack Connolly tallied his second goal of the night to make the score 5-1 at 8:14. The Bulldogs completed the scoring with two goals in the third period.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, October 22 when they play at UMass Lowell.