By Roman Augustoviz
Minnesota Duluth played British Columbia on Satuday at the DECC and beat the Thunderbirds 4-0. Today BC plays the Gophers at 4 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.
Here is the UMD-BC story from the Bulldogs’ web site:
In its first — and only — dress rehearsal before it begins playing for keeps in six days, the University of Minnesota Duluth skated off with a convincing 4-0 exhibition triumph over the University of British Columbia Saturday night at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
The Bulldogs, who outshot the Thunderbirds 39-22, got a pair of goals from sophomore center Jack Connolly to take a 2-0 lead into the second intermission before Connolly’s linemate, junior right winger Justin Fontaine, scored twice (including a shorthander) within a span of 86 seconds in the third period to seal the win. The sophomore goaltending tandem of Brady Hjelle (15 saves in 31: 00 of work) and Kenny Reiter (seven stops) combined for the shutout.
Twenty three of the 26 players on Bulldog roster took part in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs (defensemen Trent Palm and Chase Ryan were both sidelined with injuries while rookie goaltender Aaron Crandall suited up but did not play).
UMD, which hiked its lifetime record to 30-3-2 versus Canadian Universities, will open the 2009-10 regular season next Friday by taking on Lake Superior State University at the DECC before hosting another Central Collegiate Hockey Association foe, Northern Michigan University, two nights later in a pair of Superior Cup games.