Instant Analysis: Colorado College 2 Minnesota 0

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Minnesota fell 2-0 to Colorado College at the WCHA Final Five tonight. 

Tigers Top Minnesota

Minnesota dropped a 2-0 contest to Colorado College in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Five. The Tigers will meet the University of Wisconsin in tomorrow's championship game. Despite outshooting the Tigers in ever period, the Gophers never solved Colorado College goalie Joe Howe, who made 35 saves to earn the shutout. Minnesota's final game at the WCHA Final Five will go down as a disappointment.

Gophers Play From Behind... Can Not Catch Up

After a scoreless first period, Colorado College took a 2-0 lead with two goals in the second period. Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a lead 59 seconds into the period when he let a strong wrist shot go after a fancy toe drag. Schwartz was able to use the Gophers defenseman as a screen for Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox on the play. Charlie Taft doubled Colorado College's lead with his seventh goal of the season just over three minutes later. The two goals would be all that The Tigers needed to earn a birth in the title game. Minnesota is now 1-4-1 when trailing after two periods.

Up Next

The Gophers now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament. The regionals are take place next weekend. Minnesota will find out their opponent at 8 p.m. Sunday night when the NCAA releases the tournament bracket. Signs point to the Gophers being the number one seed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of this year's west regional. The other three regional host sites and potential destinations for Minnesota are Toledo, Ohio, Providence, Rhode Island, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The selection show will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

Written by University of Minnesota intern Josh Brennock

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