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DENVER — Colorado College wasn’t ready for its season to end and it certainly didn’t want to fall in a sweep at hated Denver.
CC senior goalie Joe Howe made sure of it in the 2-1 road win before 4,851 at Magness Arena.
Howe, who moved into third all-time in career saves at CC with 3,068, recorded 41 saves Saturday night to frustrate the fifth-seeded Pioneers (20-12-5).
Denver recorded 42 shots on goal to only 22 for CC (15-18-5).
“I thought Joe Howe was fiery and competitive and that sent a message to the team,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “We bent a little bit but we did not break. This team likes playing together and they don’t want it to end just yet, especially not in two in Denver.
“You have to give Denver credit. They are shorthanded with injuries and they still just keep coming at you.”
The CC win forces a decisive Game 3 at 7:07 p.m. at Magness Arena. Tickets remain available at denverpioneers.com/tickets or at the door. The series winner advances to a Thursday quarterfinal at the WCHA Final Five tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
“When you out shoot an opponent like that you expect a better result,” Denver coach George Gwozdecky said. “But I don’t think anyone is surprised this didn’t end in a sweep between these two rivals.”
Howe tied Eddie Mio with his 3,046th career save with 15:46 left in the second period.
Colorado College 2, Denver 1
Colorado College 1 1 0 –2
Denver 0 1 0 — 1
First period – 1. CC, Schwartz (Taft, Krushelnyski) 9:44. Penalties –DU, Makowski, tripping, 1:53; CC, Marciano, interference, 5:56.
Second period – 2. DU, Q. Shore (Knowlton, Brittain) :33; 3. CC, Skalbeck (Hamburg, Winkler) 5:58. Penalties – DU, Larraza, high-sticking, 8:20; CC, Hanson, hooking, 11:14; DU, Larraza, holding, 15:15; DU, Knowlton, boarding, 16:22.
Third period — No scoring. Penalties – CC, Collett, holding, 6:06; DU, Loney, roughing, 19:43; CC, Marciano, roughing, 19:43.
Power play – CC 0-4, DU 0-3. Shots on goal – CC 8-9-5 – 22; DU 14-15-13 – 42. Saves-minutes – CC, Howe 14-14-13 – 60:00; DU, Brittain 7-8-5 – 57:53. Referees – Anderson, Shepherd. Linesmen – Swaider, Keltie. Attendance – 4,851.
Three Game 3s will decide the final entrants in next week’s WCHA Final Five Tournament Sunday night after Michigan Tech stunned North Dakota, CC upended Denver and Nebraska-Omaha downed Minnesota State.
No. 1 St. Cloud State 5, No. 12 Alaska-Anchorage 1
ST. CLOUD — WCHA Player of the Year Drew LeBlanc scored a goal and added to assists to help send St. Cloud State to the WCHA Final Five with a 5-1 win against Alaska Anchorage on Saturday night at National Hockey Center.
No. 2 Minnesota 4, No. 11 Bemidji State 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore defenseman Ben Marshall scored at 19:07 of the third period to complete a Minnesota comeback from a 3-1 deficit as the Gophers earned a 4-3 win – and WCHA playoffs series sweep – against Bemidji State on Saturday at Mariucci Arena.
No. 10 Michigan Tech 2, No. 3 North Dakota 1
GRAND FORKS — Freshman forward C.J. Eick scored with 2:02 remaining in the third period to lift Michigan Tech to Saturday night’s 2-1 win against North Dakota to even up a WCHA best-of-three playoff series at Engelstad Arena.
No. 4 Wisconsin 4, No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 1
MADISON — Junior forward Tyler Barnes had a goal and an assist and freshman forward Nic Kerdiles posted two assists to propel Wisconsin into the WCHA Final Five with a 4-1 win against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night at Kohl Center.
No. 7 Nebraska-Omaha 2, No. 6 Minnesota State 1
MANKATO — Sophomore forward Dominic Zombo scored at 5:21 of the third period to lift Nebraska Omaha to a 2-1 win against Minnesota State to draw even in a best-of-three WCHA playoff series on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Center.
Russell Finch goes in for Ian Young on the Tigers defense while Sam Brittain starts in net for Denver.
Goalies – Howe, Thorimbert
Q. Shore-N. Shore-Knowlton
Goalies — Brittain, Olkinuora, Murray.