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Schwartz, Taft score for Colorado College, Howe shuts out Minnesota in 2-0 win in WCHA semis

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 10:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Schwartz, Taft score for Colorado College, Howe shuts out Minnesota in 2-0 win in WCHA semis

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rylan Schwartz and Charlie Taft scored in the second period for Colorado College in a 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the WCHA semifinals, sending the Tigers to an improbable spot in the championship game against Wisconsin.

Joe Howe made 35 saves for Colorado College (18-18-5), seeded eighth out of 12 in the league playoffs. The Tigers won the last two games of the first-round best-of-three series against rival Denver and knocked off North Dakota in overtime in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Then they took down the Gophers (26-8-5), the second-ranked team in both major national polls playing in front of a partisan crowd less than eight miles from their home ice. This was Minnesota's last WCHA game. The Gophers will be in the Big Ten next season.

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