Defending national champ Minnesota-Duluth hammered UMaine hockey 8-2 Friday night. It was the first road game of the season for the Black Bears.

After the Bulldogs and Bears swapped two goals each in the first 11 minutes of the game, Minn-Duluth scored six unanswered goals . Four of them came in the second period. Duluth outshot Maine 25-4 through two periods.

The final game shot total was 46-18.

Black Bear goalie Jeremy Swayman was pulled after two periods and replaced by Stephen Mundinger.

Hunter Shepard made 16 saves for the Bulldogs.

While eight different players scored a goal for Minnesota-Duluth, Maine's two goals came from Brady Keeper and Tim Doherty.

The Black are now 2-1. The Bulldogs improve to 3-1-1.

The second game of the weekend series in tonight.