The No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team saw its 3-1 lead disappear in the third period when the University of Alberta scored three unanswered goals, leading to a 4-3 exhibition loss at AMSOIL Arena.
Hermantown, Minn. native Dylan Samberg gave the Bulldogs an early lead with his first collegiate goal 52 seconds into the first period. With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the second period, Riley Tufte handed the Bulldogs the lead with a power play goal six minutes into the second period. Later in the period, Hibbing, Minn. native Scott Perunovich tallied his first score as a Bulldog on another power play.
The Golden Bears trailed 3-1 at the end of the two periods, but goals by Cole Standford and then by Luke Philip tied the game halfway through the final period.
On a power play, Alberta's Graeme Craig scored the eventual game-winner at the 14-minute mark of the third period.
Overall, UMD outshot Alberta 32-29. Nick Deery, Hunter Shepard, and Ben Patt each appeared in goal for the Bulldogs, with the final three goals scored on Patt.
The Bulldogs will begin regular season play at home against No. 3 Minnesota on Friday, October 6 as part of the Ice Breaker Tournament. Each game of the tournament will be televised locally on My 9 Sports.