Duluth ties it up at 1-1

CC Rylan Schwartz vs UNHMinnesota Duluth’s Justin Crandall scored his first since Nov. 30 when he tapped in a loose puck with 8:37 left in the second period to tie the game 1-1 headed into the third.

He has scored all four of his goals this year in series openers. Crandall’s goal came about because Caleb Herbert broke loose in the Tigers zone, skating in from the left side and forcing CC goalie Joe Howe to come out of the net. His shot sailed behind Howe across the goal face to the opposite post where Crandall was waiting.

UMD enjoyed a 28-14 edge in shots through the first two periods including an 11-3 edge in the second period and a 14-0 start only 8:41 into the WCHA game.

As a result, Howe made 17 saves in the first period. That spurt included the Tigers’ league-worst penalty kill handling three minutes of UMD power play (seven shots) before the CC power play generated the team’s first shot of the game; by senior defenseman Mike Boivin with 10:52 left.

CC out shot Duluth 10-3 for the rest of the first period and capitalized on it when freshman Cody Bradley passed from the corner across to the right faceoff circle to freshman Hunter Fejes who skated a couple strides forward and lifted the puck past UMD goalie Matt McNeely’ glove for a 1-0 lead with 1:58 left in the opening period.

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