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College hockey: UMD men top Providence College

Travis Oleksuk's penalty shot goal with 1:57 left in the second period sparked No. 7 Minnesota Duluth to a 5-3 nonconference win over Providence College before 4,527 fans tonight. It was the home season opener for the Bulldogs and the final home ...

Travis Oleksuk's penalty shot goal with 1:57 left in the second period sparked No. 7 Minnesota Duluth to a 5-3 nonconference win over Providence College before 4,527 fans tonight. It was the home season opener for the Bulldogs and the final home opener at the 45-year-old DECC.

With the score tied at 2-2, UMD winger Mike Connolly connected on a power-play goal, tipping a Justin Faulk attempt with 7:32 left in the second period. Oleksuk, a sophomore center, was pulled down by Providence defenseman Mark Adams on a short-handed breakaway. Oleksuk then scored from between the hash marks on the penalty shot past goalie Alex Beaudry.

The teams exchanged goals in the 30 seconds as Providence's Derek Army scored from the crease after Beaudry was pulled with :27 seconds left, and Mike Connolly got his second goal, an empty-netter with three seconds to go.

UMD (2-0-1) led in shots on goal 38-26 with sophomore Kenny Reiter getting the win in goal.

Justin Fontaine and freshman winger J.T. Brown also had goals for UMD. Center Kyle MacKinnon scored twice for Providence (1-1), picked to finish last in Hockey East. The Friars were in playing in Duluth for the first time since 1997.

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