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COLLEGE MEN'S HOCKEY: UMD finishes off sweep of Colorado College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—For the second consecutive night, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team's offense lit up Colorado College.

And this time, the defense was there to lend a helping hand as well.

The 15th-ranked Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 45-19—with a 36-9 advantage in the second and third periods—and outscored their hosts 5-1 on Saturday, Jan. 13, to complete the sweep at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The wild 6-5 win Friday, Jan. 12, combined with the more tame 5-1 victory Saturday, gave the Bulldogs their first NCHC sweep of the season.

The Bulldogs' five goals came from players who started the night outside of the team's top-seven scorers.

One of those scorers was freshman forward Kobe Roth, who scored twice.

Roth gave UMD a 2-1 lead late in the second period, picking up his second collegiate goal 24 hours after he got his first on Friday. The eventual game-winner came on a scramble in front of the net, and right after Colorado College burned its timeout to buy some time before a faceoff in the home zone.

Roth later picked up his third goal of the weekend and his NCAA career late in the third period on a breakaway, finishing with a smooth backhanded shot to put UMD up by four.

UMD started running away with things early in the third, scoring twice in the span of 43 seconds to move ahead 4-1. Junior wing Parker Mackay put a shot in off Tigers junior defenseman Andrew Farny—essentially an own goal—and junior wing Billy Exell followed by backhanding a puck through while parked at the near post.

The Bulldogs emerged from the first period tied with the Tigers at 1-1 despite getting called for four penalties, resulting in four CC power plays.

Westin Michaud, a junior forward for the Tigers, cashed in on the first UMD penalty—too many players on the ice—to give his team a 1-0 lead nearly seven and a half minutes in.

UMD killed off the rest with ease, and sophomore defenseman Nick Wolff was able to tie the game at 1-1 nearly seven minutes later, blasting a shot through from the point on the Bulldogs lone power play of the period.

Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.

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