#2-Seed Colorado State Tops UMD to Advance

Commerce City, COLO The 2nd-seeded Colorado State Rams used patient offense and suffocating defense to get past 15th-seed Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the MCLA national tournament at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. CSU led 5-2 at the half and outscored Duluth 10-6 in the final thirty minutes to secure the win and advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

After being tied up 2-2 after one quarter of play, the Rams dominated the time of possession in the second quarter, taking 15 shots to UMD's two and scoring three goals while holding the Bulldogs scoreless. The Rams were led by attackmen Cooper Kehoe and Austin Fisher, each contributing three points. Senior Garrett Fugier cashed in on two scoring opportunities as well for the Rams, who defeated UMD for the second straight time after falling to the Bulldogs in 2009.

"This game was just about what I thought it would be," said CSU head coach Alex Smith. "They are a very good defensive team and their goalie played great. We had several looks that would have been goals against most other goalies and the game could have been a little more comfortable."

Joey Slattery made 10 saves in cage for Duluth while Andy Flax made six for CSU. The Rams also enjoyed an advantage at the face-off 'x,' where they went 12/20 on the afternoon.

"We did some good things today," said Smith. "I thought our six on six offense did its job and I was happy for our man-up unit to break out a little bit. Our defense held it together really nicely and we just kind of went about our business today. Tomorrow is going to be a different story against a very talented Boston College team. We are going to have to be at our best to advance."

The Rams victory over Duluth is the 11th time in the last 13 years that CSU has made the quarterfinal round. Last year, they were bounced by 10th seeded Simon Fraser and will find themselves in a similar position this year against Boston College, also a 10 seed.

BC advanced to the quarters with an emotional 10-9 win over 7th seeded Colorado. CSU defeated Boston College 10-7 in the MCLA first round in 2010. The two teams have played three times since 2008, with CSU sweeping the series, but all the games were within three goals. Face-off at Dick's Park is at 4:00 pm MST on Wednesday.


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