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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published November 14 2010

Men's hockey: Sioux sweep Badgers

MADISON, Wis. – The University of North Dakota was willing to pull out all the stops to get its first sweep in Madison in nearly a decade.

That even meant wearing the black jerseys a second night in a row.

The Sioux threw on the sweaters that have brought them so much good fortune over the last five years and accomplished a feat that’s only been done by one other UND team: A sweep in the 12-year-old Kohl Center.

Corban Knight and Matt Frattin each scored twice, Aaron Dell made 14 saves and the Sioux finished off a four-point weekend Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Wisconsin.

The only other UND team to sweep in the Kohl Center was the 2002-03 squad, which got big weekends from Andy Schneider, Quinn Fylling, Jason Notermann and Kevin Spiewak.

“I don’t know how many times they’ve lost two games in a row here on a weekend, but I bet it’s not a lot,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “We were able to take advantage of a little bit of youth in their lineup. That’s a young team that I thought was playing really well coming in and it will certainly be a good team throughout the year. We played well and I thought deserved the four points.”

Hakstol smiled and shrugged when the black jerseys were brought up, but UND’s success in them sure doesn’t seem like a coincidence anymore.

According to Herald research, the Sioux are now 21-1-2 wearing the black sweaters since the 2006-07 season.

“Everybody knows we love playing in black,” said Frattin, who now has 10 goals on the season. “Two nights in a row. . . that doesn’t happen very often. But we sent a message and got a win.”

Knight added: “It was a nice surprise walking in the rink. Whenever you see those, there’s a good feeling. It’s just one of those things. It has something to do with Sioux tradition and it gets everybody pumped up.”

UND didn’t need much luck to be on its side this weekend.

The Sioux (7-4-1, 5-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) held the Badgers to just 16 shots on goal both nights. That hasn’t happened to Wisconsin in eight years – ironically, the same weekend that UND last left this city with a sweep.

“I thought we played hard from the drop of the puck,” Hakstol said. “We had a real will to go out and do the job tonight. I thought it was evident and we were able to sustain that for 60 minutes. We had a great level of intensity throughout the game.”

Dell, who led the Sioux to a 1-0 victory in the series opener, started his fourth consecutive game. He didn’t allow a goal until John Ramage’s point shot found its way through traffic at 4 minutes, 36 seconds of the third period, snapping Dell’s shutout streak at 84:36. That goal tied the score 1-1.

The floodgates then opened for the Sioux, who scored three goals in 3:43 to blow the game open.

It started when Chay Genoway (three assists) fed Knight for a re-direct goal at 6:11. Then, Wisconsin’s Craig Smith took a bizarre penalty when he barreled into UND’s net with nobody around. The Sioux capitalized on the power play, when Genoway’s point shot trickled behind Badger goalie Scott Gudmandson (39 saves) and Knight tapped it in.

Frattin snapped a wrist shot – like he did in the second period when he scored the game’s first goal – to extend UND’s lead to 4-1.

“It was nice to stay out of the penalty box tonight,” said Genoway, whose team had to kill a pair of five-minute majors on Friday. “We played five-on-five hockey. We were able to grind some of their (defensemen) down and play our style of game. We got a lot of pucks to the net. It took a while, but they finally started going in for us in the third period.”

UND also handed Gudmandson, a senior goalie, more losses in Kohl Center this weekend than he previously had his whole career combined. Gudmandson entered the series with a 13-1-4 mark in the building.

“We’re more disappointed than surprised,” said Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz, who scored the game’s last goal. “We were on a hot streak and we wanted to continue that.”

Notes: Danny Kristo, who doesn’t have a goal in 12 games this season, appeared to get his first in the second period, but it was waved off because Derek Rodwell was in the crease. . . Andrew MacWilliam missed his fourth game with an illness and Carter Rowney missed the weekend because of an upper-body injury.

UND 4,

WISCONSIN 2

First period – No scoring. Penalties – Jason Clark, UW, tripping, 9:42; Ryan Little, UW, charging the goalie, 10:49; Joe Faust, UW, holding, 14:25; Matt Frattin, UND, cross-checking, 19:04

Second period – 1. UND, Frattin 9 (Chay Genoway 6, Mike Cichy 1) 8:44 (pp). Penalties – Little, UW, boarding, 7:27

Third period – 2. UW, John Ramage 1 (Derek Lee 4) 4:36 (pp); 3. UND, Corban Knight 6 (Genoway 7, Jason Gregoire 6) 6:11; 4. UND, Knight 7 (Genoway 8) 8:32 (pp); 5. UND, Frattin 10 (Evan Trupp 6, Mario Lamoureux 3) 9:54; 6. UW, Justin Schultz 5 (Jake Gardiner 8, Michael Mersch 3) 12:25. Penalties – Patrick Johnson, UW, charging after the whistle, :22; Trupp, UND, charging, 2:48; Craig Smith, UW, delay of game, 8:13; Keegan Meuer, UW, boarding, 15:11

Goalie saves – UND: Aaron Dell 4-5-5 – 14; UW: Scott Gudmandson 16-10-13 – 39

Penalties-minutes – UND 2-4, UW 7-14

Power plays – UND 2-7, UW 1-2

Attendance – 15,325

Referees – Derek Shepherd and Marco Hunt