LOWELL, Mass. (Jan. 25, 2008) - Alex Stalock (South St. Paul, Minn.) made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season as No. 19 Minnesota Duluth blanked No. 15 UMass Lowell, 1-0, non-conference college hockey at the Tsongas Arena.
The Bulldogs won for the first time in four games - going 0-2-1 in their previous three - and improve to 9-8-6 with the win. The River Hawks fall to 11-7-4 with the loss. UML has lost three of its last five contests.
Justin Fontaine (Bonnyville, Alb.) provided the game's only offense with a power play goal just 1:49 into the first period. The tally was Fontaine's third of the year, and assisted by Andrew Carroll (Shoreview, Minn.) and MacGregor Sharp (Red Deer, Alb.).
Stalock kept the River Hawks off the board, stopping all 26 shots he faced. The sophomore netminder, who has started all 23 games between the pipes for UMD, made 14 second period saves to preserve his third shutout of the year. He improved to 9-8-6 with the win.
Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) stopped 21 of 22 shots faced, but suffered his third loss in a row for UML.
The River Hawks out-shot the Bulldogs 26-22 for the game and 14-4 in the second period. Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) led UML with four shots on goal. Carroll had a UMD-high four shots on net.
UML was 0-for-7 with seven shots on the power play. UMD was 1-for-3 with three shots on the man-advantage.
Friday's contest marked the first time Lowell had been shutout this season, and just the second time in program history it had been blanked 1-0. The River Hawks were shutout 1-0 by Alaska Anchorage on October 18, 2003 in the Nye Frontier Classic.
The River Hawks and Bulldogs conclude the two-game weekend series Saturday night at the Tsongas Arena. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.