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Associated Press, Published December 05 2010

WCHA men's roundup: Mavericks earn first home sweep of Gophers

MANKATO, Minn. – Sophomore goalie Phil Cook made 49 saves and Kurt Davis scored the game-winning goal in the third period as Minnesota State, Mankato beat Minnesota 2-1 on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Cook turned away 22 shots in the third period, helping the Mavericks

(6-6-4, 4-6-2) earn their first home sweep of the Golden Gophers (8-7-1, 5-6-1).

MSUM won the series opener 3-2 behind Cook’s 33 saves on Friday.

Rylan Galiardi gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead on the power play at 19:11 of the second period.

Davis’ goal at 8:59 of the third allowed MSUM to withstand Cade Fairchild’s goal at 9:38 of the third for the Gophers.

Kent Patterson made 30 saves for Minnesota.

Colorado College 5, Michigan Tech 0

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Jayden Schwartz had two goals and an assist while goalie Josh Thorimbert made 36 saves to help Colorado College shut out Michigan Tech 5-0 on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Archie Skalbeck also had two goals for the Tigers (8-7-1, 5-5-0), who extended Michigan Tech’s losing streak to eight games. Schwartz had four assists in the Tigers’ 5-3 win on Friday.

Stephen Schultz added a goal and two assists, and Dakota Eveland had two assists.

The Tigers outshot the Huskies 49-36. They had 21 shots and scored four times in the third period.

Bemidji State 3, Nebraska-Omaha 1

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State spotted Nebraska-Omaha an early lead but rallied to beat the Mavericks 3-1 on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Fourth-ranked Nebraska-Omaha (9-4-1, 6-3-1) ended Bakala’s streak on Johnnie Searfoss’ goal in the first period. Bakala finished with 39 saves on 40 shots on goal.

Ian Lowe tied it for the Beavers with 1 second left in the second period, and Aaron McLeod and Jordan George netted third-period goals.

Minn.-Duluth 2, Denver 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Top-ranked Minnesota Duluth got goals from Justin Faulk and Mike Connolly to beat Denver 2-1 on Saturday, earning a split of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Faulk scored on the power play in the first period and Connolly got what proved to be the game-winner short-handed with just over a minute left to play in the second period.

Kenny Reiter made 28 saves, including a game-high 12 in the third period for the Bulldogs.

Anthony Maiani scored a power-play goal for the Pioneers midway through the third period to make it a one-goal game.

Sam Brittain made 31 saves for No. 10 Denver, which won Friday’s opener 5-4 in overtime.