Minnesota-Duluth blanks Union
Bulldogs will face Yale
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kenny Reiter made 32 saves and the University of Minnesota-Duluth beat Union College at its own game—power play goals—for a 2-0 victory in the NCAA East Regional on Friday.
Kyle Schmidt and Justin Fontaine scored man-advantage goals for the Bulldogs. UMD (23-10-6) advanced to play the winner of No. 1 Yale against No. 4 Air Force in the final on Saturday night.
Union (26-9-4) has the top-ranked power play in the nation, converting 31.1 percent of its opportunities. But it went 0 for 9 in its first Division I appearance in the tournament, including 0 for 4 in the first period.
“Come into it when knew (the power play) was their forte, and shutting them down early definitely gave us confidence going into the second and third period,” said Reiter, who posted his third shutout of the season and sixth of his career.
Mike Montgomery and Mike Seidel assisted on the goal. Schmidt scored on the power play in the first period on a redirected shot. Fontaine added his goal at 6:24 of the third period, with assists from Justin Faulk and J.T. Brown.
UMD was 2 for 8 on the power play.
“You always want to win the special teams battles and that’s what we did today,” said Fontaine, who scored his goal after it deflected off goalie Keith Kinkaid’s mask and landed in front of him.
Kinkaid finished with 28 saves.
“We had a lot of good chances early in the game,” Union coach Nate Leaman said. “I didn’t expect it to be a total power play-penalty kill game.
“They out executed us on the special teams and that was the difference in the game.”