Badgers win, will play for title tonight; Gophers ousted from Final Five
ST. PAUL - The University of Wisconsin and Colorado College will play for the WCHA Final Five title and the Broadmoor Trophy tonight at the Xcel Energy Center. UW beat St. Cloud State 4-1 and CC upset No. 1 ranked Minnesota 2-0 in the semifinals.
The winner gets automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament which both teams will need to get in. First face-off is at 7:07 p.m.
The 4-1 win over the Huskies was the fifth in a row for No. 14 Wisconsin. Nic Kerdiles had a goal and two assists in the victory. Joseph LaBate, John Ramage and Tyler Barnes also found the back of the net. The Badgers have been prolific during the winning streak, scoring 24 goals in the five game. Wisconsin will bring a 21-12-7 record into the title game after winning just two of this season's first 14 outings.
Minnesota, on the other hand, still is still struggling with its game despite the sellout crowd which cheer them on last night against CC. The Golden Gophers were blanked for the first time since a 2-0 loss to Denver earlier this month. The Tigers, 18-18-5, got goals from Rylan Schwartz and Charlie Taft in the second period. The U outshot CC 35-20 but Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox made only 18 saves.
Despite the loss, the WCHA regular co-champion Gophers, 26-8-5, will still make the NCAA tournament. The bids will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m. The regionals are next weekend in Providence, R.I., Grand Rapids, Mich., Manchester, N.H., and Toldeo, Ohio. The Frozen Four will be played April 4-6 in Pittsburgh.