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No. 1 Minnesota Duluth opens NCHC play with win over Colorado College

DULUTH -- Top-ranked Minnesota Duluth opened NCHC play with a 3-0 victory over Colorado College on Friday before a crowd of 5,499 at Amsoil Arena.

Junior goaltender Hunter Shepard finished with 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and ninth of his career with the Bulldogs, who will go for the series sweep of the Tigers at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena.

Sophomore center Justin Richards and junior defenseman Nick Wolff both picked up their second goals of the season with Richards deflecting a goal through 8:17 into the first period and Wolff putting a puck in off a Tiger 7:31 into the second.

The Bulldogs third goal of the night went in clean off the stick of senior wing and captain Parker Mackay. With the Tigers down a man, Mackay ripped his team-leading fifth goal of the season through from the top of the faceoff circles at 7:35 of the third.

Tigers junior goaltender Alec LeClerc made 29 saves.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Bulldogs held a tribute and moment of silence for the legendary Keith “Huffer” Christiansen, who died Monday at the age of 74 after complications from cancer. A memorial service will be held next door to Amsoil Arena on Saturday in the DECC’s Harborside Ballroom. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until the memorial service begins at 2 p.m.

UMD players will be sporting a No. 9 decal on their helmets the rest of the season in honor of Christiansen, whose retired No. 9 hung alone on the north side of the rink Friday.

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