“Nick has that sense for where Derek is on the ice,” Frentz said. “They’ve played together since they were squirts. To have that kind of chemistry and always know where the other guy is is nice to have.”
Less than three minutes later, Erickson finished off a surgical power play, firing in a shot from low in the right circle. Tyler Loe and Frentz assisted.
In between those goals, the Bulldogs appeared to tie the game, but the net had come loose before the puck went in.
The Scarlets added to their lead on a Filler short-handed breakaway at 13:20.
Eleven seconds later, the Bulldogs got on the board with a power-play goal by Isaac Westphal. Assists went to C.J. Pavlo and Mac Malecha.
West had a 13-6 shot advantage in the first period, and the score could have been worse if not for some outstanding saves by sophomore goaltender Zeke Haugen.
But the Bulldogs changed goalies for the second, putting in junior Killian Bixby.
Going into the period with power-play time remaining, the Scarlets took advantage of the fresh goalie. It took just five seconds for Frentz to make it 4-1. Filler, who won the period-opening faceoff assisted.
The Scarlets blew open the game in the final four minutes of the period, as Mettler, Frentz and Campbell made it 7-1 after two.
“It’s section time; we’re all prepared,” Mettler said. “Everyone came out flying and stayed that way, and the scoreboard showed it.”
Haugen and Bixby split goaltending duties in the third period for the Bulldogs (16-8-2). Haugen finished with 12 saves and Bixby stopped 20 shots, as West had a 42-13 shot advantage. Conor Wollenzien got the win in goal for West.
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct the Bulldogs' goaltending statistics.