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College hockey: UND completes sweep of Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. - The UND men's hockey team has used the same formula for success each season under coach Dave Hakstol. He doesn't mind that they are changing it up a bit this year, though. Forget the slow starts, the Sioux moved to 6-1-1 after f...

HOUGHTON, Mich. - The UND men's hockey team has used the same formula for success each season under coach Dave Hakstol.

He doesn't mind that they are changing it up a bit this year, though.

Forget the slow starts, the Sioux moved to 6-1-1 after finishing off a sweep of Michigan Tech with a 4-1 victory in John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Saturday night.

Junior Evan Trupp turned in two more unconventional goals, while teammates David Toews and Jason Gregoire each added one tally in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest.

After eight games, UND is off to its fastest start under sixth-year coach Dave Hakstol and the Sioux appear to be clicking in just about every area of the game.

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Sophomore goalie Brad Eidsness (22 saves) turned in another solid performance as the Sioux lowered their team defense average to 1.5 goals allowed per game - best in the WCHA.

The offense, which ranks second in the league with 3.62 goals per game, continues to get scoring from all over the lineup. The best statistic to reflect that: Gregoire leads the Sioux in goals, but ranks eighth in points.

It will get harder from here for UND. St. Cloud State comes to Ralph Engelstad Arena next weekend and a trip to league-favorite Denver will follow. But the sweep will make the 10-hour bus trip along U.S. Highway 2 a lot nicer.

"It's a great weekend," Hakstol said. "Both were just real, tight, close hockey games."

FIRST PERIOD: 1, MT, Baker (Gwilliam, Seigo) 8:07 (pp). 2, UND, Toews 9:47.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, UND, Trupp (Malone, Kristo) 12:54 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 4, UND, Trupp (Toews, Malone) 18:13. 5, UND, Gregoire (Genoway) 18:34.

SAVES: UND, Eidsness 10-7-5-22. MT, Genoe 8-11-12-31.

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Brad E. Schlossman is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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