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College men's hockey: St. Cloud State routs UMD to split series

Minnesota Duluth goaltender Aaron Crandall makes a save during a game. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Breaking a losing streak was Minnesota Duluth's first order of business this weekend at Amsoil Arena.

That was accomplished Friday with a one-goal victory over No. 12-ranked St. Cloud State, getting the Bulldogs out of a 0-5-2 run while providing their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association win of the season.

UMD faced a tougher task Saturday, trying for its first sweep of the 2012-13 season.

But after what coach Bob Motzko thought was a lethargic performance Friday, his St. Cloud State Huskies came back to dominate Saturday's game in a 5-1 win over UMD before a crowd of 6,026. Motzko shook up his lines and got a strong performance with junior center Nic Dowd leading the way with two goals.

It marked the most lopsided loss of the season for the Bulldogs (3-7-2 overall, 1-5-2 WCHA).

Ben Hanowski, returning in the series after missing five games with an injury, scored on a power play with 8:35 left in the first period. He lifted a shot high from the right circle for his 49th career goal. He later added two assists. Linemate Dowd got to a loose puck for a quick shot with 4:17 left in the opening period.

The Huskies (7-5 and 5-3) raced ahead with goals 1:48 apart early in the second period. Seventeen seconds into a power play, freshman Kalle Kossila of Finland shot off a pass for his sixth goal of the season at 4:39. Dowd then had the play of the game, knocking a puck out of the air and getting behind UMD's defense rushing straight toward goalie Aaron Crandall at 6:27.

That made it 4-0.

A UMD power play led to breaking the shutout bid of St. Cloud State's Ryan Faragher. Scoring leader Mike Seidel drove a shot from the lower left circle at 9:49 in the second. Seidel has one goal in five of the past six games, for eight this season and 38 in his career. The Bulldogs led 22-17 in shots on goal after two periods and trailed 4-1. A third-period shorthanded score for the Huskies completed the scoring.

The Bulldogs were seeking more diverse scoring after relying on the Tony Cameranesi line the previous five games.

Since put together three weeks ago, at Nebraska-Omaha, the line has accounted for 11 of UMD's 15 goals (Seidel five, and freshman Austin Farley and freshman Cameranesi three each).

UMD's last sweep was in the first round of the 2012 WCHA playoffs, beating Minnesota State-Mankato 4-2 and 3-2 in double-overtime, March 9-10 at Amsoil Arena, with Seidel getting the deciding goal.

While averaging 3.6 goals a game, fifth-best in Division I through 10 games, the Huskies had been held to two goals or fewer in three of the past four games entering Saturday.

UMD is back on the road Friday and Saturday at Michigan Tech.

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