Colorado College moves into first place

Tigers take four points from Michigan Tech to move past Wisconsin in standings

While the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team rested for a daunting February, its Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals gained ground in the standings.

Colorado College swept Michigan Tech, with a 4-2 decision Friday and 5-1 victory Saturday, to improve to 15-4-1 in conference play (22-4-2 overall). The Tigers now lead the league with 31 points but they have played two more games than UW.

Idle Wisconsin (14-4-0, 19-6-1) sits in second place with 28 points.

Defending national champion Denver (13-4-1, 18-6-1) jumped to within one point of the Badgers, after sweeping Alaska-Anchorage. The Pioneers have played the same number of league games (18) as Wisconsin while the remainder of the top six teams in the conference have played at least two more.

Minnesota faltered for the second consecutive weekend, splitting with Minnesota-Duluth after being swept by Michigan Tech last weekend. The Gophers (12-8-0, 19-10-0) stand in fourth place with 24 points. Minnesota-Duluth (9-10-3, 11-12-5) moved into a tie for fifth place with North Dakota (10-9-1, 15-10-3). The Fighting Sioux recorded a win and a tie in a non-conference series with Bemidji State.

Wisconsin faces Minnesota, Denver, Colorado College, North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth in consecutive weekends to close out the regular season. The Badgers only have Minnesota and Colorado College at home.

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