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Published March 18, 2010, 11:16 PM

Sioux score late, blank Bulldogs 2-0

Eidsness notches third shutout of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jason Gregoire and Evan Trupp scored late in the third period, lifting North Dakota to a 2-0 win over Minnesota Duluth on Thursday in the opening game of the WCHA Final Five.

Both goaltenders had been perfect until the final eight minutes of the game, when Gregoire got his team-leading 20th goal while the Fighting Sioux killing a penalty, and Trupp doubled his team's lead with less than two minutes to play.

Brad Eidsness stopped all 22 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season, while Kenny Reiter had 32 saves in the loss for the Bulldogs.

Eidsness has two shutouts in his last four games. He shut out Minnesota 6-0 in UND's first playoff game March 12.

North Dakota (23-12-5) advances to play league champion Denver in Friday's semifinals at 7:00 p.m.. Things are much less certain for the Bulldogs (22-17-1) who are on the bubble for an invite to the 16-team NCAA tournament field.

The Fighting Sioux have won 10 of their last 11 games.

North Dakota was 0-4 against Denver during the regular season.

Wisconsin battles St. Cloud State in Friday's first semifinal at 2:00 p.m.

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