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CC Blanks Gophers, 2-0!

They say every dance needs a Cinderella. Two is a bonus. In any case, Colorado College doesn't want the fairytale to end just yet.

The Tigers, the lowest seeded team playing at the WCHA Final Five this week, took another step toward a happy ending of their storied tenure in the league by whitewashing regular-season co-champion and No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota, 2-0, in Friday's semifinals.

They will meet the University of Wisconsin, which got off to a horrendous 1-7-2 start last fall, in Saturday's 7:10 p.m. (CT) championship game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., with an automatic NCAA tournament bid going to the winner.

Playing for the fifth time in eight nights, Colorado College again rode the solid goaltending of senior Joe Howe to its fourth consecutive post-season victory while squaring its overall record at 18-18-5. Howe turned aside all 35 shots he faced, while senior center Rylan Schwartz and sophomore right wing Charlie Taft struck for tallies just 3:25 apart early in the second period to provide all the offense he needed.

The Tigers also killed all three Minnesota power plays, including one resulting from a five-minute major penalty in the third period, in a game that kept the sellout crowd of 18,949 largely silent.

"It was a good team effort tonight," said Howe. "I thought our defense, especially our penalty kill, was unbelievable ­ especially on that five-minute [call]. We gave up one shot and it really wasn't that good of a scoring chance. We've been winning in a lot of different ways lately and that's what you have to do in the playoffs."

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