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Published January 15, 2011, 11:10 PM

Sioux drop Gophers, regain WCHA lead

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota used a suffocating defense and goals from four different players on Saturday to beat the Minnesota Gophers 4-1 and move back into first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota used a suffocating defense and goals from four different players on Saturday to beat the Minnesota Gophers 4-1 and move back into first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The win moved the Fighting Sioux (17-6-2, 12-4-0) two points ahead of Minnesota-Duluth, which lost to Wisconsin.

Evan Trupp and Corban Knight scored even-strength goals for North Dakota, and Brad Malone broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 14:12 of the second period. Danny Kristo netted the last North Dakota goal late in the third period.

Minnesota (10-9-3, 7-8-2) took a 1-0 lead on Mark Alt's first goal. Alt flicked the puck on net from the blue line and it went in past a screened Aaron Dell. The Gophers had just five shots on goal in the first period and 22 shots overall.

Dell made 21 stops and Kent Patterson had 22 saves for Minnesota.

The Gophers won Friday's game 3-2.

UND plays host to Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 21 and 22. Omaha is coached by former UND coach Dean Blais.

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