DULUTH — Two of Minnesota Duluth’s most talked about incoming players made an immediate impact in Saturday’s season opener in front of a crowd of 5,910 at Amsoil Arena.
Freshman winger Isaac Howard and fifth-year senior defenseman Derek Daschke both scored their first goals as the Bulldogs in a 3-2 non-conference overtime win over Arizona State, which returns for a rematch at 4 p.m. Sunday in Duluth.
Howard, a 2022 Tampa Bay Lightning first-round pick, tied the game early in the third with a power-play goal while Daschke, a transfer from rival NCHC Miami, won the game 3-3 on a back and forth with senior captain Tanner Laderoute.
“The team welcomed me with open arms and everyone was really good to me, but to be able to contribute in the first game I think is huge,” Daschke said. “It will open me guys up more and I think it’s just great for the team. It’s a great team victory today. »
Former Bemidji State Beaver junior wing Lukas Sillinger gave ASU the lead just over a minute into the third, however, Howard tied the game on the power play 3:44 into the game. start of the period.
ASU thought they had regained the lead with 8:55 left in regulation on a rebound goal from Sillinger that navigated a pileup in the UMD crease, however, the goal was ruled out following a a goalie interference challenge by Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin.
Sandelin credited his staff — director of hockey operations Christian Koelling immediately radioed from the coach box to associate head coach Adam Krause on the bench to challenge play, Sandelin said — for the challenge succeeded, as there is no video available for him on the bench.
“I was looking more at what we weren’t doing on this game, to be honest with you – no counter-checking, all the things a coach looks at,” Sandelin said of the challenge. “You see all the bodies at the net, (Koelling) told me pretty much straight away, told Krause straight away we should challenge him. Luckily it worked out.”
Arizona State took a 1-0 lead on Saturday when sophomore center Jack Jensen scored a power-play rebound six minutes into the game.
Bulldogs second-year center Dominic James tied the game just after the eight-minute mark of the second, flying into the left face-off circle where he rammed a pass from senior wing and linemate Quinn Olson .
“Our team, we’re just resilient,” said Howard, whose third goal came off a rebound from an Olson shot. “It was a home and away game. They’re a good team, but we stuck to it and to get that extra-time win was great.
Saturday’s season opener began with both teams down one skater, playing 4-on-4, after the Bulldogs and Sun Devils were awarded late game protocol penalties in the warm-ups. pre-game. Both teams had a player on the ice 23 minutes before the face-off.
The NCAA instituted new rules regarding pre-game warm-ups that prohibit players from being on the ice before warm-ups. Players must now also exit before the clock hits 11:00 p.m. A one-minute warning horn sounds at 24:00.
3. UMD Freshman Wing Isaac Howard – The Bulldogs brought in Howard to score, and that’s exactly what he did on the power play Saturday. Howard generated five shots on goal.
2. UMD Senior Wing Quinn Olson – The ever-reliable Olson had two assists on Saturday, setting up James with an accurate shot and Howard with his persistence for the puck.
1. Fifth-year senior UMD Derek Daschke – Daschke’s one-timer in overtime was his 25th college goal and 86th college point, but his first goal and point as a Bulldog.
Arizona State 1-0-1-0—2
Minnesota State 0-1-1-1—3
1. ASU, Jack Jensen (Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Judson), 5:59 (pp)
3. ASU, Lukas Sillinger (Robert Mastrosimone), 1:03
Save — TJ Semptimphelter, ASU, 8-11-18-1—38; Zach Stejskal, UMD, 11-8-7-0—26.
Power play – USS 1-3; UMD 1-3. Penalty kill — USS 4-8; UMD 4-8.