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North Dakota goalie Brad Eidsness makes a save on a shot by Minnesota's Tony Lucia in the first period Friday in Grand Forks, N.D. Forum Communications Co. Photo/John Stennes

UND blanks Gophers

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Minnesota coach Don Lucia wasn't in Grand Forks for last season's series against UND.

Now he knows what it was like.

In a performance that was every bit as dominating as the back-to-back blowout wins a year ago, the UND men's hockey team took apart Minnesota 4-0 in front of a sold-out, white-out Ralph Engelstad Arena crowd.


Jason Gregoire, Derrick LaPoint, Chay Genoway and Mario Lamoureux all scored goals for the Sioux, while netminder Brad Eidsness posted a 22-save shutout to extend UND's home unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2).

"I thought it was a good, grinding effort," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "One of the things our team needs to try to accomplish every night is that we need to be tough to play against. That doesn't necessarily mean big, highlight-reel hits. It means tough, gritty play. I thought we did that for the better part of 60 minutes."

UND (3-0, 1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) dominated almost every aspect of the Friday's WCHA opener. Consider:

- The Sioux outshot Minnesota 43-22.

- The Sioux scored on the power play, shorthanded and at even strength.

- All four lines and all three defensive pairings had points for the Sioux.

- UND dominated on draws, going 42-26. Brad Malone was 16-6 and Chris VandeVelde 11-5.

- Minnesota star forward Jordan Schroeder, who came within a point of winning the WCHA's scoring title as a freshman, was held without a shot on goal. He had a minus-one rating and won just 10 of 26 faceoffs.

"We came out strong," said LaPoint, who scored his first goal since returning from a broken leg suffered on Valentine's Day. "Obviously Minnesota is a good team, so we had a little bit of extra energy. I thought we played hard, had a good start, played simple and did what we needed to do."

Minnesota played an exhibition two weeks ago, but Friday was the team's first regular season game - a fact that showed several times during the contest.

The Gophers didn't click offensively, went 0-for-5 on the power play and were shut out by the Sioux for just the second time in the last 20 seasons.

DULUTH (AP) -- Jack Connolly and Justin Fontaine scored two goals apiece Friday to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over Minnesota State, Mankato.

Connolly also assisted on a goal for the Bulldogs (1-0-0 WCHA, 2-1-0). Both Connolly and Fontaine scored even-strength and on the power play.

Mike Connolly scored short-handed for UMD.

MSUM (0-1-0, 2-1-0) got goals from Eriah Hayes in the first period and Geoff Irwin late in the third. They were the only goals given up by Duluth goalie Brady Hjelle, who made 36 saves.

ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Adam Presizniuk's goal at 18:39 of the third period tied the game, and goalies Corey Milan of Union and Mike Lee of St. Cloud State kept it that way in a 3-3 tie Friday night.

Presizniuk's goal was the second in a span of 1:18 against Lee, who made 34 stops for the Huskies (0-2-1). Greg Coburn had tied it at 17:21.

SCSU took a 3-1 lead after one period on goals by Jordy Christian, Tony Mosey and Ryan Lasch. Union countered with a Brian Yanovitch goal. The second period was scoreless, as was the third until Union's late flurry.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Tyler Johnson scored his third goal of the season late in the third period Friday as Colorado College rallied from two goals down to beat Wisconsin 3-2.

Johnson got the game-winner for the Tigers (2-1-0, 1-0-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) with assists from Rylan Schwartz and Gabe Guentzel at 17:53 of the third.

Wisconsin (0-1-0, 0-1-0) took a 2-0 lead on goals by Blake Geoffrion and Andy Bohmbach. Geoffrion's goal came on the power play.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Goalie Cal Heeter stopped 39 shots Friday to help Ohio State beat Denver 4-0 for the Buckeyes' first win of the men's hockey season.

Pioneer staff reports