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WCHA roundup: Denver sweeps North Dakota

Denver defenseman Chris Nutini (6) collides with David Toews (18) during the second period Saturday in Denver. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

DENVER (AP) -- Joe Colborne scored two of Denver's three second-period power-play goals and North Dakota's tying goal with 44 seconds left was waved off as the Pioneers rallied past North Dakota 3-2 Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The third-ranked Pioneers (8-3-1, 6-6-1 WCHA) swept the two-game weekend series with the second-ranked Fighting Sioux (7-4-1, 5-4-1), winning 1-0 behind Marc Cheverie's shutout on Friday.

North Dakota went up 2-0 on Saturday before penalties let Denver back into the game. Skating most of the period with a man advantage, Denver outshot the Sioux 22-7 in the period.

Kyle Ostrow's power-play goal at 8:33 broke a 2-2 tie. Colborne created the deadlock with power-play goals at 1:09 and 5:22 of the second period.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mike Montgomery scored at 17:58 of the third period as Minnesota-Duluth rallied from a two-goal deficit for the second straight night to beat Minnesota 3-2 Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Montgomery took a cross-ice pass and backhanded it off two defenders into the net for the sweep of the two-game series. The Bulldogs (9-4-1, 6-3-1 WCHA) trailed 2-0 on Friday before winning 4-3 in overtime.

"This weekend the bounces went our way," Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said. "As we got going, we got better and better. It ends up being a great weekend for us."

The Golden Gophers (4-7-1, 3-6-1) took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Mike Hoeffel and Kevin Wehrs. Wehrs also had an assist.

But Jack Connolly scored his 10th goal and WCHA-leading 21st point of the season in the second period and Kyle Schmidt tied the game at 3:22 of the third. Schmidt picked up the puck in his own zone and skated alone up the left side, firing a slspshot from the top of the circle past goalie Alex Kangas.

It stayed that way until Montgomery scored late in the game.

"It's frustrating," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "We have to try to find some ways to win some game."

Kangas had 30 saves for the Gophers.

Brady Hjelle made 36 stops for the Bulldogs.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado College's Bill Sweatt scored two goals and Andrew Hamburg had a goal and two assists to lead Colorado College to a 4-1 men's hockey win over Robert Morris on Saturday.

The Tigers (9-2-1) swept the two-game series, beating the Eagles 4-3 on Friday.

Colorado College led 4-0 before the Eagles (3-8-1) scored their only goal by J.C. Velasquez at 14:14 of the second period.

Colorado College goalie Tyler O'Brien had an easy night in goal, making just 19 saves.

Robert Morris netminder Eric Levine made 30 saves and Brooks Ostergard added six.

Hamburg scored 40 seconds into the game and assisted on both of Sweatt's first-period goals. Mike Testwuide made it 4-0 in the second.

ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Brendan Smith had a goal and an assist and Wisconsin's defense gave up just 19 shots on goal as the Badgers beat St. Cloud State 4-1 for the second straight night Saturday, sweeping the Huskies in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Smith set the tone for Wisconsin (7-4-1, 5-4-1 WCHA), which outshot the Huskies 33-19. Badgers' goalie Scott Gudmundson made 18 saves, giving up only David Eddy's goal earlier in the first period.

The Badgers outshot the Huskies 72-44 in the two games. They are averaging 18 shots more than their opponents.

Smith gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:11 of the first period. Eddy tied it at 6:30 but it was all Wisconsin from there.

With the score tied at 1 at 14:51 of the second period, John Mitchell beat Dan Dunn for what proved to be game-winner. Jordy Murray and Patrick Johnson scored in the third period for Wisconsin.

The Badgers' Aaron Bendickson had two assists.

Dunn stopped 29 shots for the Huskies.

Ryan Lasch had an assist, giving him three points on the weekend, but Blake Geoffrion saw his five-game points scoring streak come to an end.