Esko, Minn. native Karson Kuhlman collected his first collegiate hat trick on Friday night as the No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team dominated No. 17 Western Michigan in an 8-0 win at Lawson Arena.
It all started in the second period. That's when Kuhlman scored the game's first goal two minutes into the period. Hermantown, Minn. native Dylan Samberg scored a power play goal later in the period to hand UMD a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The floodgates fully opened in the third period.
Taking advantage of the Broncos' mistakes, the Bulldogs added six goals in the final frame. Kuhlman scored twice, and Nick Swaney, Hibbing, Minn. native Scott Perunovich, and Blake Young each had goals as well in the final 20 minutes.
Hermantown, Minn. native Jared Thomas tallied four assists in the winning effort.
Cohasset, Minn. native Hunter Shepard made 22 saves, recording his program-record sixth shutout of the season and third in as many games. Overall, UMD outshot Western Michigan 34-22.
UMD (17-13-3) has extended its winning streak to three games and has outscored opponents 15-0 during that stretch The Bulldogs will face the Broncos tomorrow in the series finale at 6:05 p.m. That game can be seen live locally on My 9 Sports.