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College men's hockey: Brown leads UMD past Alaska Anchorage

Sophomore winger J.T. Brown of Burnsville, Minn., recorded the first four-goal game of his Minnesota Duluth career Friday night to lead the top-ranked Bulldogs to a 4-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men'...

Sophomore winger J.T. Brown of Burnsville, Minn., recorded the first four-goal game of his Minnesota Duluth career Friday night to lead the top-ranked Bulldogs to a 4-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Bulldogs (18-5-4 overall, 12-4-3 WCHA) gained on first-place Minnesota, moving within three points of first place. UMD is 9-1-3 on the road this season.

The last-place Seawolves (6-17-2, 3-17-1) have lost eight straight games and are 2-8-1 at home (1-8 in the league). UMD has six straight wins over Anchorage.

Brown, who had three goals in a 6-2 win at Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 13, scored from the slot 2:30 into the game and off a faceoff at 11:36. He put a bad-angle attempt past Anchorage sophomore goalie Chris Kamal with 50 seconds left in the opening period for a natural hat trick.

Brown became the first Bulldog with two hat tricks in one season since MacGregor Sharp in 2008-09. It was the best goal performance since Mike Connolly tied a school single-game record with five in a 6-4 win over Minnesota on Feb. 5, 2011 at Amsoil Arena.

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Sophomore Rob Gunderson replaced Kamal after the first period.

After Anchorage's Mitch Bruijsten broke goalie Kenny Reiter's shutout bid late in the second period, Brown responded two minutes later with a power-play goal. It broke a UMD 0-of-21 power-play streak and gave Brown 15 goals and 36 points in 27 games this season and 73 points (31 goals) in 69 career games. Senior center Travis Oleksuk finished with three assists, and center Jack Connolly, after being blanked in two straight games, earned an assist.

The game's first goal broke a UMD scoreless streak of 112 minutes and 17 seconds, after being shut out by Michigan Tech the final five-plus periods last weekend at Amsoil Arena.

A 5-0 loss to Michigan Tech last Saturday, was UMD's most one-sided defeat of the season and the worst in 41 games, since an 8-2 loss to St. Cloud State on Feb. 11, 2011 at Amsoil Arena.

UMD and Anchorage meet at 10:07 p.m. today.

Minnesota Duluth................ 3-1-0--4

Alaska Anchorage............... 0-1-0--1

First period -- 1. UMD, J.T. Brown 12 (Adam Krause, Travis Oleksuk), 2:30; 2. UMD, Brown 13 (Oleksuk), 11:36; 3. UMD, Brown 14 (Scott Kishel), 19:10. Penalties -- None.

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Second period -- 4. Anchorage, Mitch Bruijsten 8 (Matt Bailey, Scott Warner), 13:31 (pp); 5. UMD, Brown 15 (Oleksuk, Jack Connolly), 15:34 (pp). Penalties -- Justin Crandall, UMD (hooking), 4:23; Joe Basaraba, UMD (hooking), 13:31; Tyler Currier, Anchorage (tripping), 14:44; Jade Portwood, Anchorage (interference), 16:50; Basaraba, UMD (roughing), 18:34; Warner, Anchorage (roughing), 18:34.

Third period -- No scoring. Penalty -- Jake Hendrickson, UMD (boarding), 9:36.

Shots on goal -- UMD 9-11-6--26, Alaska Anchorage 5-7-6--18. Goalies -- Kenny Reiter (17-4-4), UMD (18 shots-17 saves); Chris Kamal (3-9), Alaska Anchorage (9 shots-6 saves); Rob Gunderson, Anchorage (17 shots-16 saves). Power plays -- UMD 1-of-2, Alaska Anchorage 1-of-3. Referees --Derek Shepherd, Marco Hunt.

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