Wisconsin split its weekend series with Colorado College, but the Badgers are wasting no time getting ready for next weekend, when the WCHA playoffs begin.
No. 1 seed Wisconsin (28-7-1, 23-5-0) should have little trouble with No. 10 Michigan Tech (4-30-0, 2-25-0) in the best-of-three series that opens Friday.
Wisconsin, rated No. 1 in the country, gave itself little time to celebrate its McNaughton Cup win for winning the regular season league title.
''We set goals at the start of the year,'' center Steve Reinprecht said Saturday after Wisconsin beat Colorado College 2-1.
The Tigers beat Wisconsin 5-4 on Friday night, giving fifth-seeded Colorado College (18-16-3, 14-11-3) home ice advantage for its series with No. 6-seed Minnesota (17-17-2, 13-13-2), which was swept by St. Cloud State over the weekend.
Minnesota had the opportunity to gain home ice in the playoffs with a sweep of St. Cloud (20-11-3, 16-9-3), but the Gophers lost 5-0 on Friday night and 4-3 on Saturday.
Minnesota coach Don Lucia said he was disappointed with his players' effort Friday night, so he altered his lineup for Saturday's game, benching forwards Dave Spehar and Rico Pagel and defensemen Mike Lyons and Nick Angell. The four did not make the trip to St. Cloud.
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