Gopher men belt Badgers, women lose in WCHA playofrf finalsThe University of Minnesota men's hockey team easily beat Wisconsin in its season finale while the women's team lost in the WCHA playoff final to rival Minnesota-Duluth
MINNEAPOLIS - Mike Carman and Tony Lucia each scored twice and Alex Kangas made 26 saves to help the University of Minnesota men's hockey team close out a disappointing regular season on a strong note with a 6-1 win over Wisconsin yesterday at Mariucci Arena. Lucia snapped a 1-1 tie with a power play goal midway through the second period, then added his second score on another power play less than three minutes later. Carman scored first and last goal of the game, enabling the Gophers to end the regular season with a 17-17-2 overall record. They'll open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs on Friday at North Dakota.
Minnesota-Duluth's women's hockey team jumped to a quick 2-0 lead, then held on to beat the University of Minnesota 3-2 at Ridder Arena in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff championship game. Audrey Cornoyer scored the deciding goal for the Bulldogs in the second period, and Jennifer Harss made 20 saves. UMD hosts New Hampshire on Saturday at the DECC in the Division One women's hockey quarterfinals, while the Gophers are home against Clarkson. The other matchups are Boston University at Mercyhurst and Cornell at Harvard, with all of the winners headed to the women's Frozen Four on March 19th at Ridder Arena.