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Exell, Tufte power win, No. 9 UMD men roll to series sweep

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KALAMAZOO, MI -

Billy Exell scored two goals and Riley Tufte had a goal and two assists to lead the No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team to 6-1 win and series sweep over No. 17 Western Michigan on Saturday at Lawson Arena. 

Coming off a resounding 8-0 win over the Broncos in the series opener, the Bulldogs wasted no time continuing what they had started this weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

Exell scored his first goal of the night less than two minutes into the first period. Following goals from Nick Wolff and Tufte, UMD led 3-0 after the first period. 

Exell added another towards the end of the second period, and Peter Krieger and Hermantown, Minn. native Jared Thomas joined the scoring party with goals in the third period. 

While Cohasset, Minn. native Hunter Shepard had his three-game shutout streak snapped, he did record 19 saves to earn his 18th win of the 2017-18 season. 

Overall, UMD outshot Western Michigan 35-20. 

On top of earning a series sweep on Saturday, UMD learned it clinched home ice in the first round of the NCHC playoffs thanks to a tie between Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha. The NCHC quarterfinals are scheduled for March 9-11. 

The Bulldogs, who are now (18-13-3) overall, will close out the regular season with a home series against Nebraska-Omaha next weekend. 

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