Colorado College and Minnesota remain unbeaten and on top of the WCHA leader board, separated only by a single point.
The Tigers (6-0-0, 6-0-0) and the Golden Gophers (7-0-1, 5-0-1) both recorded home sweeps this weekend, with CC knocking off winless Minnesota-Duluth, 5-1 and 4-1, and Minnesota defeating Wisconsin 4-0 and 5-2.
Other sweeps this weekend went to visiting North Dakota over Denver, 5-2 and 7-4, and to Minnesota State, Mankato, over host Michigan Tech, 2-1 and 5-1. St. Cloud State and Alaska Anchorage had the weekend off.
In Colorado Springs, Justin Morrison had a hat trick Saturday night -- for about 45 minutes.
About 15 minutes after the Tigers defeated Minnesota-Duluth 4-1, officials decided Mark Cullen should get credit for the Tigers' third goal, which came early in the third period. Even Morrison thought Cullen had knocked it in.
"It would have been nice," Morrison said of the hat trick. "But I don't really mind either way."
That's mainly because winning is the bigger issue. The sweep extended the Tigers' winning streak to six consecutive victories. And the Tigers, untied and undefeated, remain in sole possession of first place in the WCHA.
Morrison scored three of the Tigers' nine goals against the Bulldogs (0-4-0, 0-6-0) this weekend and has scored six goals in six games -- the same number of goals he had in 38 games as a junior last season.
"I think I was kind of cursed last year," said Morrison, who scored 23 goals his sophomore season. "Last year, I was still getting my chances, I just couldn't score. Some people started to doubt my ability to score and I started to doubt myself. I really wanted to prove myself."
That he did. Morrison's first two goals -- back-to-back within 30 seconds of each other in the second period -- broke open a scoreless game that was much more intense and physical than Friday's game, which the Tigers easily won 5-1.
In Minneapolis, Adam Hauser stopped 36 of 38 shots to lead the Gophers to Saturday night's 5-2 victory. Hauser, who shut out the Badgers (7-3-0, 4-2-0) 4-0 on Friday, stopped the first 32 shots he faced Saturday and did not surrender a goal until 7:31 of the third period.
"I don't know if it was the way the stars lined up or what," said Hauser, who stopped 67 of 69 shots this weekend. "Mentally, I felt a lot better this weekend. We expected them to come out hard, but stopping the puck is my job. Things came out pretty well."
Gophers coach Don Lucia had said the weekend would be a learning experience, and he learned his team has made amazing progress.
"It all started with Adam," Lucia said. "He came up big. We still have to play better defense, but it was a team effort, and the guys really did their jobs. We've learned when we want to play, we can be pretty good."
Minnesota is off to its best start since opening the 1987-88 season 8-0.
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