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UMD men's hockey: Bulldogs shut out Broncos behind 35 saves by Fanti

Tanner Laderoute scores twice, including once shorthanded, for the Bulldogs as they split NCHC series at Western Michigan.

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Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Ryan Fanti keeps an eye on the puck Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in an NCHC game against Western Michigan at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Fanti made 35 saves for his first collegiate shutout as the Bulldogs won 3-0. Contributed/ Ashley Huss / WMU Athletics

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Senior wing Tanner Laderoute scored twice and junior goaltender Ryan Fanti made 35 saves to lead No. 4 Minnesota Duluth to a 3-0 victory over No. 10 Western Michigan on Saturday in NCHC play at Lawson Ice Arena.

It was the first collegiate shutout in 26 games at UMD for Fanti, who made 11 saves during the 14-plus minutes the Bulldogs were on the penalty kill on Saturday.

“About time, hey? I’m a junior, but it was good,” said a smiling Fanti, who made 18 saves in the third period. “The end of the day, we just wanted to win, but that was icing on the cake. It feel good to get the first one under the belt. I had a few close calls last year. Happy it worked out here.”

Laderoute finished the weekend with three goals after scoring in the third period of Friday’s 4-3 loss and then twice on Saturday.

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He put UMD up 2-0 five-plus minutes into the second period, scoring shorthanded after freshman center Carter Loney poked a puck out of the zone to create a partial breakaway. Laderoute got a shot off despite a pair of Broncos riding his tail down the ice.

“Loney made a really good play and sent me on another partial breakaway shorthanded,” said Laderoute, who was stopped Friday on a shorthanded break. “This time I wanted to score. I shot far side and it went in.”

Laderoute got crushed after putting the Bulldogs ahead 3-0 with 7:50 to play as he found himself alone in front of Broncos junior goaltender Brandon Bussi — who made a career-high 40 saves — after taking a pass from senior center Casey Gilling.

The high hit on Laderoute — it appeared he took a shoulder to the head — went uncalled, but a hook and a hold on a pair of UMD defensemen did get whistled late, putting UMD shorthanded for the almost the entirety of the final seven minutes as the Broncos emptied their net.

The Bulldogs killed off both of the third-period minors — where Western picked of six of its 11 power-play shots on goal — to finish the evening 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.

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Laderoute, Fanti and Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin all praised assistant coach Adam Krause for the success of the penalty kill, which also had to kill a slashing major by senior defenseman Louie Roehl that started in the first period and ended in the second. Western put just one shot on goal during the major.

“Give Krause credit, man. He got them going,” Sandelin said of the former UMD captain out of Hermantown. “It was a great effort by those guys. Having to kill the five minute, we ran through about eight different killers. Overall the six guys that did the majority of it did a great job, as did Ryan, and our defensemen.”

Junior forward Ben Almquist, lining up at left wing on the fourth line Saturday, put the Bulldogs on top 1-0 approximately midway through the first period by scooping up a rebound in a crowd of Broncos to tally his first goal of the season and second goal in 28 games at UMD.

Senior forward Jarrett Lee lined up at right wing opposite Almquist on Saturday, taking the spot of freshman forward Kyler Kleven. After not finishing Friday’s game, Kleven missed Saturday’s game due to an upper-body injury.

With sophomore Luke Mylymok and junior Luke Loheit also out with injuries, the Bulldogs’ only healthy scratches Saturday were defensemen Will Francis and Jake Rosenbaum.

Laderoute said Saturday was a good test of the Bulldogs adversity, especially after giving up the game-winning goal late on Friday in defeat.

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“We can face adversity,” Laderoute said. “It’s coming back after a loss like that, you need to be able to do that, especially in this league. Every night is so hard. Not turning a bad night into a worse weekend is a good thing.”

Minnesota Duluth 1-1-1—3

Western Michigan 0-0-0—0

First period

1. UMD, Ben Almquist (Darian Gotz, Jarrett Lee), 9:28

Second period

2. UMD, Tanner Laderoute (Carter Loney), 5:40 (sh)

Third period

3. UMD, Laderoute (Casey Gilling), 12:10.

Saves — Ryan Fanti, UMD, 35; Brandon Bussi, WMU, 40.

Power plays — UMD 0-4; WMU 0-6. Penalties — UMD 6-15; WMU 4-8.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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