Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Michigan, Denver lose to Canadian teams, but U.S. teams go 12-2-1

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under College hockey Updated: October 7, 2013 - 9:55 AM

Day 2 of the college hockey season saw a few more surprises but otherwise it was pretty predictable.

At the Ralph, North Dakota topped Manitoba 3-0, getting goals 75 seconds apart in the first period from sophomore Drake Caggiula and junior Michael Parks. Freshman Luke Johnson scored early in the third period; his goal was shorthanded and unassisted.

Clarke Saunders and Zane Gothberg combined for the shutout. Saunders played the first half of the game and had seven saves, including one on a penalty shot. Gothberg had 10 saves.

North Dakota was 0x8 on the power play against the Bisons.

U.S. teams went 12-2-1 against Canadian schools.

The two losers were Michigan which lost 2-1 to Waterloo and Denver which fell to New Brunswick 2-1. Lake Superior State also lost, but they fell 3-2 to the under-18 U.S. national team.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Minnesota State Mankato routed Lethbridge 7-1. The Pronghorns had lost 5-1 to the Gophers the night before. ... With the score tied 1-1, Matt Leitner scored the winner in the opening period and Teddy Blueger made it 3-1 Mavericks  with 2:55 left in the period. Blueger also had three assists.

Three MSU goalies rotated in net and stopped 11 shots. MSU fired 52 shots at the other netminder.

* There were two regular-season games. Colgate beat Ferris State 1-0. Kyle Baun got the goal midway through the middle period on a power play. Eric Mihalk made 25 saves for the shutout. ...Clarkson beat Niagara 2-0. Steve Perry made 30 saves for the shutout. Kyle Baun made 25 saves for the shutout.

* Denver outshot New Brunswick 38-21 but the Pioneers were 0x9 on the power play. N.B. took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals on junior Sam Brittain at 12:13 and, on a power play, at 15:40. He stopped 15 shots in two periods. Freshman Evan Cowley had four saves in the third. Junior Daniel Doremus had a shorthanded goal for DU at 10:32 of the second period. ... Freshman center Matt Marcinew of Edina won  13x23 draws for the Pios.

* The University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, edged Michigan 2-1 despite being outshot 35-22 at the Yost. Andrew Copp, an alternate captain, had the only goal for the Wolverines 25 seconds into the second period. The Warriors scored twice on rebounds on sophomore Steve Racine who played the first half of the game in the Michigan nets; freshman Zach Nagelvoort replaced him after the second goal.Coach Red Berenson played nine freshmen, including five forwards and three defensemen. Michigan opens its season at home on Thursday vs. Boston College, a traditonal Hockey East power.

Said Berenson, according to Michigan's web site, "Well, it's a little scary. Typically, a team like Boston College will come in with some of the best players in the country. We've got to play better without the puck, and I thought the Waterloo team played well without it and made it tough for us to get second shots. So once they got the lead, it made it tough for us, but Boston College will certainly be a whole new challenge."

* St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko will debut his coach's show at 6 tonight on KSNI 1450-AM and 103.3-FM. It can also be heard on knsiradio.com.

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