MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- For much of the season, Minnesota has been one spot better than St. Cloud State in the national collegiate hockey rankings. But on the ice Friday night, the Huskies were one goal better than the Golden Gophers.
Nate DiCasmirro recorded two assists and Dean Weasler had 37 saves as St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota 3-2. DiCasmirro set up goals early in each of the first two periods as the Huskies handed Minnesota its first loss of the season.
"We knew we weren't going to go undefeated this season, so we'll just try to regroup," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. The two teams meet again Saturday night in St. Cloud.
Another victory by the Huskies will upend the collegiate rankings, where the Gophers are currently No. 1 and the Huskies No. 2. St. Cloud led the rankings for a week early in the season.
The teams traded power play goals early in the first period. During the Huskies' first man-advantage of the game, DiCasmirro's centering pass hit the skate of teammate Mike Doyle and banked into the net. The Gophers protested the play, but the goal was allowed to stand and Doyle was credited with his 12th goal of the season.
It took Minnesota less than four minutes to tie the game. After a save by Weasler, Gopher captain Jordan Leopold controlled the rebound in front of the net and flipped the puck under the crossbar.
But after the Huskies were outshot by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in the opening period, they took control of the game in the second.
"They were on fire in the first and we came out a little flat-footed," said Weasler. "The last two shifts of the first period we took it to them, and everybody went into the room with the attitude that we could do this. We came out flying in the second."
DiCasmirro set up the Huskies' second goal, feeding defenseman Derek Eastman. Late in the middle period, St. Cloud State took a two-goal lead on a Matt Hendricks power play goal.
Minnesota freshman Barry Tallackson scored on a power play midway through the third to make it 3-2, but Weasler stopped the Gophers' final four shots to preserve the win.
"He was smothering everything," said Huskies forward Mark Hartigan of Weasler. "They'd get one shot and he'd cover it up."
Adam Hauser finished with 19 saves for Minnesota.
The Huskies are a difficult foe for Minnesota. St. Cloud State won eight of the teams' last 11 contests. "They're a deep team, and are as good up front as anybody," Lucia said.
St. Cloud State is now 12-1-0 overall, and 10-1-0 in the WCHA. Minnesota is 11-1-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference. Notes: Hartigan, the Huskies leading scorer, was held without a goal or an assist for the first time this season on Friday ... After the first period, Minnesota football coach Glen Mason and starting quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq were introduced and brought Paul Bunyan's Axe onto the rink. The Gophers won the traveling trophy by beating Wisconsin last weekend.
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