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GameCenter final: Western Michigan 2, UND 0

The Broncos used a shorthanded goal from Max Sasson and a 24-save performance by Brandon Bussi to beat UND.

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UND forward Jackson Kunz skates past Western Michigan defenseman Cedric Fiedler on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Lawson Ice Arena.
Ashley Huss / Western Michigan athletics

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan finished a two-game sweep of UND with a 2-0 win Saturday night.

Herald three stars

First star: Brandon Bussi, WMU, 24 saves.
Second star: Max Sasson, WMU, shorthanded goal.
Third star: Jakob Hellsten, UND, 24 saves.

First period

WMU 1, UND 0 — Max Sasson 19:14 (sh). UND's special teams woes continue as it gives up its first shorthanded goal since the 2019-20 season. UND forward Ashton Calder attempts a pass at the point that Sasson intercepts and goes the other way on a clean breakaway. Sasson picks the corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

Second period

No scoring.

Third period

WMU 2, UND 0 — Michael Joyaux (Cole Gallant) 18:19 (en). Joyaux banks one off the wall and into the empty net.

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UND's lines

Forwards
29 Jackson Kunz—8 Jake Schmaltz—17 Riese Gaber
18 Matteo Costantini—21 Connor Ford—28 Judd Caulfield
19 Mark Senden—27 Louis Jamernik—16 Ashton Calder
20 Nick Portz—11 Griffin Ness—13 Carson Albrecht
5 Dane Montgomery

Defensemen
26 Jake Sanderson—15 Ethan Frisch
25 Tyler Kleven—7 Chris Jandric
4 Cooper Moore—2 Brady Ferner

Goaltenders
32 Jakob Hellsten
33 Zach Driscoll

Out of lineup on trip: Brent Johnson and Luke Bast
Out of lineup, not on trip: Gavin Hain (inj), Brendan Budy (inj), Kaleb Johnson, Harrison Feeney

Western Michigan's lines

Forwards
26 Ethen Frank—13 Drew Worrad—12 Cole Gallant
27 Ty Glover—34 Max Sasson—14 Jason Polin
10 Chad Hillebrand—9 Luke Grainger—21 Josh Passolt
18 Wyatt Schingoethe—16 Tim Washe—37 Dylan Wendt
28 Hugh Larkin

Defensemen
24 Aidan Fulp—7 Ronnie Attard
17 Cedrid Fiedler—3 Michael Joyaux
15 Daniel Hilsendager—2 Jacob Bauer

Goaltenders
30 Brandon Bussi
31 Ross Hawryluk

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Pregame notes

The goaltender battle is Jakob Hellsten vs. Brandon Bussi. . . The only other change for either team is Dane Montgomery coming in for Brent Johnson, who served as the 19th skater Friday night. . . UND is wearing its black jerseys for the fifth time this season. It won the four previous games wearing them (at Quinnipiac, at St. Cloud State and at Colorado College twice).

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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