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Bulldogs score five straight, top Michigan Tech

No. 2-ranked Minnesota Duluth rallied with five straight goals Friday night to defeat Michigan Tech 5-3 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's game before 5,035 fans at the DECC.

No. 2-ranked Minnesota Duluth rallied with five straight goals Friday night to defeat Michigan Tech 5-3 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's game before 5,035 fans at the DECC.

Justin Fontaine scored late in the second period and short-handed at 2:46 of the third to create a 2-2 tie, then Jack Connolly and freshman Joe Basaraba scored 96 seconds apart for a 4-2 lead.

UMD (8-1-2 overall, 5-1-1 WCHA) trailed 2-0 before coming back. Michigan Tech (3-3-2, 1-3-1) is 0-3-1 the last four games.

Michigan Tech scored on its first shot on goal and two of the first four to grab a 2-0 lead after one period. Junior center Brett Olson of Superior connected on a power play at 68 seconds. His right winger, Milos Gordic, stole a puck in the offensive zone and went right to the crease and put a shot between goalie Aaron Crandall's legs with 7:48 left in the opening period.

The Bulldogs led 18-7 in shots on goal in the first period and held a healthy advantage in the second, but didn't score until 56 seconds remained. Justin Fontaine, on a delayed penalty, scored from right in front of Michigan Tech goalie Josh Robinson to get within 2-1 with a period remaining.

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Olson finished the scoring when his second goal of the game went off the leg of a Bulldog defenseman and slid past Crandall with 1:49 remaining.

UMD, first in the WCHA, led 31-12 in shots through two periods and 47-17 for the game.

"It's disappointing to come out and play the way we did after playing so well for two periods," Olson said. "There's always things you can do better, like when I missed a short-handed chance when I put the shot off the goaltender's shoulder. You have to capitalize on those chances, especially against a team like UMD."

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