UND MEN'S HOCKEY: Sioux Sweep Bemidji St.Matt Frattin and Jason Gregoire had two goals apiece and North Dakota's stifling defense held Bemidji State to just 15 shots on goal as the top-ranked Fighting Sioux beat the Beavers 5-2 Saturday.
By: Associated Press,
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Matt Frattin and Jason Gregoire had two goals apiece and North Dakota's stifling defense held Bemidji State to just 15 shots on goal as the top-ranked Fighting Sioux beat the Beavers 5-2 Saturday.
Frattin scored twice on the power play and Gregoire once with a man advantage for North Dakota (23-8-3, 18-6-1), which stayed ahead in the race for the top seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. Frattin upped his WCHA-leading goal scoring to 26 for the season.
"The puck keeps on going in for me and I'll keep shooting," said Fratting, who scored at 2:25 and 18:12 of the second period.
North Dakota, which has won all three games this season by identical 5-2 scores, plays the second game of the series Sunday afternoon.
The Sioux gave up just two shots on goal in the first period while taking a 2-0 lead.
"There wasn't a whole lot going on in the first 10 minutes," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. "It was important to score the first goal."
The Sioux had 33 shots on goal and Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala had 28 saves.
Brent Davidson had the other goal for UND, while Derrick LaPointe, Brett Hextall and Brock Nelson had two assists each.
Ryan Cramer and Matt Read scored for the Beavers (12-15-4, 8-13-4).
North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell had 13 saves.
The Sioux are 5-0-1 in their last six games.