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UMD sweeps Tech; Wisconsin loses in men's hockey

UMD 4, Michigan Tech 4-2 DULUTH (AP) -- Justin Faulk had two goals to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 4-2 win over Michigan Tech Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Jack Connolly and Dylan Olson had three assists apiece for the seco...

UMD 4, Michigan Tech 4-2

DULUTH (AP) -- Justin Faulk had two goals to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 4-2 win over Michigan Tech Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Jack Connolly and Dylan Olson had three assists apiece for the second-ranked Bulldogs (9-1-2, 6-1-1), who maintained their lead in the WCHA standings. UMD beat Michigan Tech 5-3 on Friday.

Mike Connolly and Travis Oleksuk also scored goals for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Huskies 34-23.

Kenny Reiter stopped 21 shots.

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Michigan Tech (3-4-2, 1-4-1) got goals from Ryan Furne in the first period and Daniel Holmberg in the second.

Kevin Genoe made 30 saves for the Huskies, with 12 of those in the second period.

North Dakota 4, Wisconsin 2

MADISON -- Sophomore forward Corban Knight scored twice on the power play to lead North Dakota to a 4-2 win over Wisconsin Saturday and a road sweep of their two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Matt Frattin also scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season for the Fighting Sioux (7-4-1, 6-2-0), who won Friday's opener 1-0.

"We deserved them from start to finish both nights," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. "We wanted to make a statement. We did that."

Frattin's power-play goal gave UND a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Frattin has scored 20 goals in his last 24 games. He came into Saturday's game one goal off the WCHA lead.

North Dakota's Danny Kristo had an early goal disallowed.

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Wisconsin rallied early in the third period. But less than two minutes after John Ramage tied the game on a power-play goal, Knight redirected a shot by Chay Genoway past Gudmandson to put the Sioux back on top to stay. Genoway now has 99 career points.

"That really sucked the air out of their bench," Hakstol said. "But the real dagger was a penalty on their part and we scored on the power play right away."

Knight and Frattin each scored again within four minutes for a 4-1 lead.

North Dakota peppered Wisconsin goalie Scott Gudmandson with 43 shots. Gudmandson made 39 saves. The Badgers (6-4-2, 3-3-2) put just 16 shots on UND goalie Aaron Dell, who made 14 stops.

Justin Schultz scored the Badgers' last goal at 12:25 of the third period.

The Sioux are 5-0-1 when scoring at least four goals.

The Badgers came into the series on a five-game unbeaten streak but were outshot 98-32 in two games.

Friday's Game

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UMD 5, Mich. Tech 3

UMD rallied with five straight goals Friday night to defeat Michigan Tech 5-3 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's game before 5,035 fans at the DECC.

Justin Fontaine scored late in the second period and short-handed at 2:46 of the third to create a 2-2 tie, then Jack Connolly and freshman Joe Basaraba scored 96 seconds apart for a 4-2 lead.

UMD (8-1-2 overall, 5-1-1 WCHA) trailed 2-0 before coming back. Michigan Tech (3-3-2, 1-3-1) is 0-3-1 the last four games.

Michigan Tech scored on its first shot on goal and two of the first four to grab a 2-0 lead after one period. Junior center Brett Olson of Superior connected on a power play at 68 seconds. His right winger, Milos Gordic, stole a puck in the offensive zone and went right to the crease and put a shot between goalie Aaron Crandall's legs with 7:48 left in the opening period.

The Bulldogs led 18-7 in shots on goal in the first period and held a healthy advantage in the second, but didn't score until 56 seconds remained. Justin Fontaine, on a delayed penalty, scored from right in front of Michigan Tech goalie Josh Robinson to get within 2-1 with a period remaining.

Olson finished the scoring when his second goal of the game went off the leg of a Bulldog defenseman and slid past Crandall with 1:49 remaining.

UMD, first in the WCHA, led 31-12 in shots through two periods and 47-17 for the game.

"It's disappointing to come out and play the way we did after playing so well for two periods," Olson said. "There's always things you can do better, like when I missed a short-handed chance when I put the shot off the goaltender's shoulder. You have to capitalize on those chances, especially against a team like UMD.

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