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College hockey: UMD completes sweep of Clarkson

Another fast start led to another victory Tuesday night as No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth finished a non-conference men's hockey sweep of No. 22 Clarkson University 4-2 before a crowd of 1,900 at Cheel Arena. It was UMD's fifth straight win in the...

Another fast start led to another victory Tuesday night as No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth finished a non-conference men's hockey sweep of No. 22 Clarkson University 4-2 before a crowd of 1,900 at Cheel Arena. It was UMD's fifth straight win in the series.

The Bulldogs (14-4-3), in the first trip to Potsdam, N.Y., in program history, took a 2-0 first-period lead for the second straight game. On Monday, that sparked a 4-1 victory.

Team scoring leader Jack Connolly scored on a backdoor goal with 9:37 left in the opening period, and winger David Grun followed on a power play 2:54 later. It was Connolly's ninth goal of the season and 37th of his career.

In a rough-and-tumble game, with two Clarkson players and one UMD player disqualified for checking-from-behind major penalties, the Bulldogs went up 4-0 with two second-period goals. Sophomore winger Mike Seidel, out Monday with an illness, connected on a backhand shot at 8:34, and Justin Fontaine's third goal in two games came with just six-tenths of a second remaining in a 5-on-3 power play. Shots on goal were 21-21 through 40 minutes.

Freshman Justin Crandall was sharp in goal, matching Kenny Reiter's Monday performance.

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Clarkson (10-7-2) scored twice in 85 seconds late in the third period to get within the final margin. The Golden Knights, tied for fourth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, entered the series on a four-game win streak.

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