Minnesota Duluth Blanks Wisconsin, 4-0
Jan. 31, 2010
Courtesy of Minnesota Duluth Athletics
Apparently, all of the extra work one night earlier paid off for Kenny Reiter. After making 47 saves -- the most by a University of Minnesota Duluth goaltender in almost three years -- in Friday's Western Collegiate Hockey Association series opener with No. 2 Wisconsin, Reiter had much lighter workload in the rematch and wound up backstopping the No. 9 Bulldogs to a much-needed 4-0 victory. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native finished with 28 stops en route to posting his second shut out in 16 career appearances and just the Bulldogs' third home blanking ever over Wisconsin.
Junior left winger Justin Fontaine scored the only goal the Bulldogs would need on a blast near the top of the right faceoff circle -- UMD's first shot attempt of the game -- which sailed over Wisconsin netminder Brett Bennett's glove at 1:15 of the first. Sophomore defenseman Brady Lamb followed that up with a power play goal two minutes later before sophomore left winger Mike Connolly (at 13:21 of the second) and junior left winger Rob Bordson (at 6:15 of the third) closed out the scoring. Connolly also added an assist in the victory, which put the clamps on UMD's three-game losing skid, while sophomore center Jack Connolly helped set up two goals to push his WCHA-leading point total to 38.
The Bulldogs, who were outshot 52-19 in a 5-2 loss to the Badgers Friday, went 1-for-10 on the power play Saturday and held Wisconsin (15-7-4 overall; 11-6-3 WCHA) scoreless on all five of its attempts with the man advantage.
UMD (17-10-1; 13-6-1), now the only remaining WCHA club which has not been shut out this winter (it hasn't been blanked since the 2007-08 season finale, will pay a visit to Houghton, Mich., next weekend to face WCHA rival Michigan Tech University.