Badgers rebound to win third place, UND takes WCHA Final Five title
ST. PAUL - The normally high-scoring Wisconsin men's hockey team bounced back from a shutout loss against St. Cloud State -- to rip top-ranked Denver 6-3 Saturday.
The win in the consolation game of the WCHA's Final Five gives Wisconsin a 25-10-4 record and a good shot at a number-one seed when the NCAA tournament's 16-team field is revealed today.
Blake Geoffrion had a pair of goals for Wisconsin. He got goal-scoring help from Ben Street, Derek Stepan, Sean Dolan and Michael Davies. The Badgers scored the first three goals of the game and led 5-1 at one point. Wisconsin goalie Scott Gudmandson claimed his 17th win of the season while coming up with 33 saves.
North Dakota became the second team in a row to win in all three days of the tournament as they defeated St. Cloud State in the finals 5-3. The Sioux won the new Broadmoor Trophy. It's UND first tournament title since 2006.
Tournament MVP Evan Trupp had two assists and helped the Sioux continue their late-season charge. They will enter the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed, winners in 12 of the last 13 games.
The Sioux evened the game by the end of the first on goals by Knight and Malone. Then, they went up 4-2 on power-play goals 43 seconds apart by Kristo and VandeVelde, chasing St. Cloud State goalie Mike Lee, who is 0-3 with a 6.70 goals-against average and a .835 save percentage against the Sioux this season.
St. Cloud State cut the gap to 4-3 late in the second on David Eddy's second goal of the night and UND's fatigue showed in the third. The Huskies dominated the final 20 minutes, but the only goal was an empty-netter by Frattin.
This will be the last third place game in the WCHA tournament as a new six-team format was announced over the weekend with the upcoming expansion of the league to 12 teams. However the league decided to keep the Final Five name for the event in St. Paul.