Saunders stops 42 as North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth battle to tie
By Timothy Boger • USCHO Arena Reporter • Nov. 16, 2012
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Shoot first, ask questions later.
That’s been the story of Minnesota-Duluth’s success in the past few seasons, with high-flying forwards like Mike Connolly or Justin Fontaine or J.T. Brown stealing the show. And in a reminder of that, a wide-open offensive battle ensued Friday night, as UMD (2-5-2, 0-3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) put 46 shots on net and scored a late third-period goal to earn a 4-4 tie with No. 6 North Dakota (4-3-2, 2-1-2 WCHA) at Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday night.
Danny Kristo and Austin Farley both had a pair of goals for their respective clubs, but a consistent attack by the Bulldogs wasn’t quite enough to end a five-game winless streak. The Bulldogs put 15 shots on goal in the first, 14 in the second and 17 in the third, but couldn’t get the game-winner past Clarke Saunders, who finished with 42 saves — the 14th time he’s had at least 40 saves in his career.
Clarke Saunders is familiar with the drill: Stand in the goal crease and watch Minnesota-Duluth fire away.
He was in net for Alabama-Huntsville last season when the Bulldogs threw 101 shots at him in two games, and it was more of the same Friday night in UND’s 4-4 tie with Duluth in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND allowed 46 shots on goal — the most the team has allowed since Jan. 13, 2006 — yet still managed to come away with a Western Collegiate Hockey Association point thanks to a pair of goals by Danny Kristo, one by Rocco Grimaldi and another by captain Andrew MacWilliam.
Duluth threw 15 shots on net in the first, 14 in the second and 17 in the third.