College Hockey:
Minnesota-Duluth Defeats Vermont To Take Runner-Up Trophy

Gunderson and Nelson Each Score Twice To Lead Bulldogs

— Mark Gunderson and Tom Nelson each scored twice to lift the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to a 7-3 win over Vermont in the second round of the Sheraton/Howard Bank Hockey Classic.

Minnesota-Duluth, 2-10-0 overall and the tournament runner-up, opened the scoring at 6:32 of the first period when Gunderson picked up a loose puck at the blue line and skated in before beating Vermont goalie Tim Peters.

Vermont (5-4-0) tied the game 1:18 later when Martin Wilde fired a shot through a screen that found the net past Rob Anderson.

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead when Tom Nelson popped in a rebound of a Gunderson shot at 18:04.

But Wilde came back with his second of the year at 5:03 of the second, popping in the puck from in close.

Just 1:44 later, Duluth regained the lead on Derow’s third of the year off a turnover in the Vermont end.

The Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead at 14:24 of the period when Gunderson popped in his second of the game off a nice feed from Junior Lessard while the Vermont forwards were caught up ice.

Nelson scored his second of the contest at 3:59 of the third, finishing off a nice passing play with Judd Medak and Jay Hardwick, to give UMD a 5-2 lead.

Nate Anderson’s power-play goal at 12:00 gave the Bulldogs a 6-2 advantage.

Moborg scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 4:38 left to make it 6-3, and UMD’s Beau Geisler scored with 1:01 left to make for the final margin.

Vermont will host Holy Cross next Saturday and Minnesota-Duluth will start a 12 game homestand next weekend beginning with Wisconsin.

The all-tournament team for the Sheraton/Howard Bank Hockey Classic included MVP Darren Haydar and defenseman Garrett Stafford of tournament champion New Hampshire; Jerry Gernander of Vermont; Ryan Severson of MSU, Mankato; and Rob Anderson and Tom of Minnesota-Duluth. Haydar had four goals and two assists in the two games, including a hat trick in the 6-2 win over Mankato.

Duluth was the tournament runner-up, going 1-1-0 on the weekend with a goal differential of plus-three. Mankato was also 1-1-0, but they scored nine goals in the two games while giving up 11.

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