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College men's hockey: Colorado College defeats UMD

WCHA co-leader Colorado College and freshman goalie Richard Bachman shut out Minnesota Duluth 3-0 tonight at the DECC. Centers Andreas Vlassopoulos and Chad Rau scored 25 seconds apart early in the second period, and Vlassopoulos added another ea...

WCHA co-leader Colorado College and freshman goalie Richard Bachman shut out Minnesota Duluth 3-0 tonight at the DECC.

Centers Andreas Vlassopoulos and Chad Rau scored 25 seconds apart early in the second period, and Vlassopoulos added another early in the third for No. 4-ranked Colorado College.

No. 8 UMD had seven power plays, including a five-minute shift, but couldn't dent the WCHA leader in goals-against and save percentage. Bachman has back-to-back shutouts of UMD (including 3-0 on Nov. 10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.) and has a scoreless streak versus UMD of 137 minutes, 46 seconds.

UMD led 30-28 in shots on goal.

Vlassopoulos connected from the right circle on a sniping shot at 8:12 of the second and a UMD turnover at neutral ice led to another attack. Mike Testwuide found Rau alone in front of UMD goalie Alex Stalock for a goal at 8:37. Rau, a junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., had his 20th goal of the season and 47th of his career.

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The Bulldogs had three straight power plays later in the period and outshot Colorado College 10-5 for the period (and 21-20 through two).

The Tigers had a 10-6 shots-on-goal edge in a scoreless first period. Stalock had a couple of tough stops, including a short-handed point-blank save on Colorado's Scott McCulloch with 93 seconds left.

The Tigers lost defenseman Nate Prosser, a sophomore from Elk River, Minn., with 2:44 left in the first period on a checking-from-behind major. He knocked UMD winger Andrew Carroll head-first into the sideboards.

Vlassopoulos scored in a four-on-four shift at 4:38 of the third period on a Bill Sweatt pass.

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