Jan. 10, 2010

Courtesy of Minnesota-Duluth

Kenny Reiter got his first opportunity to start both ends of weekend series Saturday night and the sophomore goaltender passed the test with flying colors.

Reiter turned aside 18 of 19 Colorado College shots, surrendering a power play goal with just 4:02 remaining in regulation in backstopping the No. 13 Bulldogs to a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory and its first home sweep over the No. 3 Tigers in six years. UMD, which got a pair of power play goals from sophomore center Jack Connolly and single tallies from junior left winger Kyle Schmidt and Mike Connolly, is now 6-1-1 in its last eight overall meetings with Colorado College. Mike Connolly also added an assist while junior right winger Justin Fontaine helped set up two goals.

Special teams play proved to be one of the big difference makers Saturday as it was the previous evening, when UMD connected on three of six power play chances in a 5-2 win. The Bulldogs were 2-of-5 with the man advantage Saturday while Colorado College (12-7-3 overall; 8-5-3 WCHA), which came into the weekend sporting the WCHA's most efficient power play, went 1-of-6 and 1-of-12 for the series.

The Bulldogs (14-7-1; 10-5-1), who have won four of their last five, will hit the road next weekend for a pair of games with WCHA rival Minnesota State University-Mankato.