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Dec. 8, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Sam Warning tallied his first two goals of the season and Colorado Springs native Tom Serratore notched the game-winning goal in front of a hometown crowd as the No. 4/5 Minnesota men's hockey team opened the weekend with a 4-2 win over No. 19 Colorado College.
In just his third game back after missing nine games with an injury, Sam Warning snapped a 10-game goal drought just 7:36 into the first period on Friday after being set up by Ben Marshall and Mike Reilly. The sophomore forward gave the Gophers (11-3-2 overall, 6-3-2 WCHA) a two-goal lead midway through the second at 13:12 when he was setup for a similar goal by Nate Schmidt.
Colorado College (8-8-1, 5-4-0) answered back with two second period goals from Archie Skalbeck and William Rapuzzi to push the game to 2-2 entering the third period.
From there, the puck landed on perhaps Minnesota's hottest stick with the game on the line in Serratore. The sprawling junior sent a loose puck into the net for his third game winner of the year (tied for first on Minnesota this season with Kyle Rau) at 13:23 of the third period. Serratore, who has five goals under his belt this season, has now tallied a goal in each of the last four weekends including two-straight game winners (deciding goal in the Gophers' 3-2 win over Omaha on Dec. 1).
Zach Budish and Erik Haula earned assist on the game-winning goal and hooked up at 18:52 a second time for the empty net goal from the redshirt junior captain. Haula picked up the secondary assist on the goal - both ended the night with two points to tie Warning for team high - while Nate Condon earned the primary assist. Haula's two-point third bumped the junior's point streak to 11-straight games entering Saturday's first half finale.
Adam Wilcox improved to 10-2-2 with the win after making 24 saves in net for the Gophers. Joe Howe took the loss with a 27-save night to fall to 4-4-1 on the year.
Minnesota outshot the Tigers 31-26 in the game while the Gophers power-play lines were 0-for-2 in the win. The Minnesota penalty kill went 4-for-4 on the night.
The Gophers close out the first half against the Tigers tomorrow night at 7 p.m. MT. FOX Sports North will broadcast the game while 107.1 FM will air tomorrow's radio broadcast.
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