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UMD’s senior center Jack Connolly goes back to work against Michigan Tech this weekend at Amsoil Arena, and may extend his team record of 22 consecutive games with at least one point. Connolly set up Travis Oleksuk for a goal in the 2-1 first game against Alabama-Huntsville last weekend, and he was at his best in the 4-3 second game, when he scored the first goal of the game, assisted on a Joe Basaraba goal to tie the game 2-2 after one period, then scored again, his 15th goal of the season, to make it 3-2 in the second.

Much the same as Duluth East can literally focus on going one game at a time after ending its run at an undefeated season, the Bulldogs had their school record 17-game unbeaten streak (14-0-3) snapped at Nebraska-Omaha the previous week. “We knew it had to happen at some point,” said Connolly. “Better that it happened at this point than in the playoffs.” 

True, the Bulldogs came off that loss at Omaha to sweep Alabama-Huntsville, and now the can focus in on each Michigan Tech game. “In the back of our minds, we know that every game we play from here on out is a WCHA game,” said Connolly. My bet is that the Bulldogs win the WCHA title.