DENVER -- Denver senior goalie Sam Brittain stopped all 43 shots he faced to carry the Pioneers to a 3-0 win and NCHC series split against North Dakota tonight.
With the win, DU pulled into a tie with UND for first place in the NCHC standings.
It was UND's first loss since Nov. 29, snapping a 10-game unbeaten streak.
Brittain, a 5-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week, stymied a North Dakota attack that outshot the Pioneers 43-26 and earned his fourth shutout of the season.
Eighteen of Brittain's saves came during the third period when UND was desperately trying to generate offense. He also helped shut down a UND power-play unit that went scoreless on six tries one night after 2-4 performance.
Emil Romig opened the scoring 1:42 into the second period, beating Clarke Saunders from the top of the circle on an odd-man rush.
That was the only offense Brittain and the Pioneers would need, although Zac Larraza extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play marker 1:07 into the third period and later added an empty netter with 3.5 seconds left on the clock.
Saunders stopped 24 of 26 shots in a losing cause.
UND is off next weekend and will return to action with back-to-back NCHC home series against Nebraska Omaha and Miami.