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College hockey: Bulldogs get back on track with win over Clarkson

Coach Scott Sandelin patched together a lineup just before game time Monday night because of illness and injury, and No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth went on to a 4-1 victory over No. 22 Clarkson University before 1,900 fans at Cheel Arena. It marke...

Coach Scott Sandelin patched together a lineup just before game time Monday night because of illness and injury, and No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth went on to a 4-1 victory over No. 22 Clarkson University before 1,900 fans at Cheel Arena. It marked the first UMD appearance in Potsdam, N.Y.

The Bulldogs (13-4-3) lost wingers Mike Seidel and Joe Basaraba to the flu Monday, and already were missing winger Kyle Schmidt (broken hand) and defenseman Justin Faulk (World Junior Championships).

Senior winger Justin Fontaine, who had gone six games without a goal, sparked UMD with the game's first two goals, less than four minutes apart in the first period. Linemate Mike Connolly gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead after two periods, while junior goalie Kenny Reiter was solid with 33 saves for the game.

"I was happy with effort. We got off to a good start, built on it and grinded out a win," Sandelin said. "By the end of the game Clarkson was throwing everything they had at us and we weathered that. We blocked shots, we killed all six of their power plays and played solid."

UMD broke a three-game winless streak and scored more than three goals for the first time in five games. Sandelin had just 10 healthy forwards and seven defenseman, using senior defenseman Trent Palm as a winger.

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The Bulldogs were playing for the first time since a 5-0 loss to No. 2 North Dakota in the Amsoil Arena opener last Thursday. Reiter was making his first start since spraining an ankle in pregame warm-ups Dec. 12 at Minnesota.

"There was such a buildup to the opening of our rink and so much more was on our minds than just the game. It was almost nice to go on the road where there were no distractions," said Reiter, whose shutout bid was broken with 6:42 to play. "We had a lot of different players in the lineup and we just kept things simple, and got some offense and stayed focused. Clarkson really didn't get too many clean (offensive) looks."

Clarkson (10-6-2) came into the series with a four-game win streak, scoring 21 goals in that stretch. The Golden Knights, off the previous 21 days, were picked to finish last in the 12-team Eastern College Athletic Conference, but are tied for fourth in the league. UMD had been 0-2-1 the past three games.

Fontaine connected from the right circle at 8:43 of the first period for his 50th career goal, and followed 3:46 later on a power play, tipping a Jack Connolly pass. The Bulldogs had been

0-of-13 with a man advantage the previous two games

The Bulldogs connected just 69 seconds into the second period as goal-scoring leader Mike Connolly put in a rebound for his 12th goal of the season. Freshman forward Allan McPhereson broke Reiter's attempt for a fourth career shutout, but less than two minutes later, UMD's David Grun collected his first goal of the season.

Seidel and Basaraba are expected to be available when the teams meet again at 6 p.m. today. UMD has won the past four meetings in the series.

Minnesota Duluth 2-1-1--4

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Clarkson University 0-0-1--1

First period - 1. UMD, Justin Fontaine 10 (Brady Lamb, Wade Bergman), 8:43; 2. UMD, Fontaine 11 (Mike Connolly, Jack Connolly), 12:29 (pp). Penalties - Jake Morley, Clarkson (tripping), 4:43; Alex Boak, Clarkson (slashing), 11:15; J.T. Brown, UMD (holding), 15:11; Brown, UMD (tripping), 18:23; Nick Tremblay, Clarkson (hooking), 18:52.

Second period - 3. UMD, M. Connolly 12 (Fontaine, J. Connolly), 1:09. Penalties - David Grun, UMD (hitting after whistle), 4:53; Morley, Clarkson (hitting after whistle), 4:53; Corey Tamblyn, Clarkson (hooking), 7:23; Dan DeLisle, UMD (holding), 8:02; Julien Cayer, Clarkson (hitting from behind), 11:37; Scott Kishel, UMD (high-sticking), 14:18; DeLisle, UMD (tripping), 17:04.

Third period - 4. Clarkson, Allan McPherson 5 (Morley, Mark Borowiecki), 13:19; 5. UMD, David Grun 1 (Keegan Flaherty, Jake Hendrickson), 15:06. Penalties - J. Connolly, UMD (hooking), 3:17; Boak, Clarkson (interference), 9:43; Cayer, Clarkson (cross-checking), 16:38.

Shots on goal - UMD 12-11-6--29; Clarkson 8-14-12--34. Goalies - Kenny Reiter (7-2-2), UMD (34 shots-33 saves); Paul Karpowich (10-5-2), Clarkson (29 shots-25 saves). Power plays - UMD 1-of-7, Clarkson 0-of-6. Referees - Peter Feola, Tim Kotyra. Linesmen - Joe Testa, Michael Emanatian. A - 1,900.

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