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Bulldogs shut out Badgers, net first Amsoil Arena victory

No. 2-ranked Minnesota Duluth scored on its first two power-play chances, late in the first period and went on to beat No. 8 Wisconsin 2-0 tonight for UMD's first win at Amsoil Arena in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's game before 6,...

No. 2-ranked Minnesota Duluth scored on its first two power-play chances, late in the first period and went on to beat No. 8 Wisconsin 2-0 tonight for UMD's first win at Amsoil Arena in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's game before 6,405 fans.

That broke Wisconsin's seven-game win streak and marked a third straight win for the Bulldogs (15-4-3 overall, 10-3-2 WCHA). The Badgers (14-8-3, 6-7-2) have lost four straight games to UMD. Junior Kenny Reiter earned the shutout with 22 saves.

Wisconsin had the game's first five shots on goal before the Bulldogs found their legs. Power-play goals 3:26 apart put UMD ahead 2-0 late in the opening period. Winger David Grun passed from behind the net to Justin Fontaine at the left circle for a shot to the far side with 6:43 left. Mike Connolly followed with 3:17 to go after significant pressure at the crease in front of Scott Gudmandson. The goals were the 13th of the season for both.

UMD outshot Wisconsin 9-0 during the last 10 minutes of the first period.

A scoreless second period saw the Badgers outshoot UMD 11-7 and have the better of play.

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UMD led in final shots on goal 27-22.

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