Denver knocked off No. 7 Minnesota twice over the weekend, giving the once-struggling Pioneers their first sweep of the season and putting them one game below .500.
The Pioneers topped Minnesota 4-0 Friday and 4-1 a day later, leaving the Golden Gophers -- once No. 1 in the nation and leaders of the WCHA -- in second place in the conference behind North Dakota.
"Anytime you get a sweep, it's a great feeling," said Judd Stauss, a captain for the Pioneers (6-7-1, 5-5-0 WCHA). "Against the Gophers, we just love beating them."
Bjorn Engstrom scored two goals and Wade Dubielewicz had 28 saves in the Pioneer's 4-1 win Saturday night in Denver. Engstrom's first goal came on a power-play 2:23 of the second period, and he scored again at 10:45 of the second on an assist from Kelly Popadynetz.
Minnesota (9-5-2, 7-3-2) had taken a 1-0 lead at 3:52 of the first period on Stuart Senden's goal.
North Dakota took over first place with a 4-2 win Friday in Anchorage, Alaska. Jeff Panzer had two goals and an assist. The Fighting Sioux (12-2-4, 9-2-1) went up 3-0 before the Seawolves (5-6-1, 3-4-1) made it 3-2 on goals by Corey Hessler and Chris Sikich.
The Fighting Sioux, the defending NCAA champions, won 3-0 Saturday night.
In Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday, Peter Sejna scored two goals and Jeff Sanger blocked 20 shots as the Tigers beat Bemidji State 2-1. Sejna scored in the first and third periods.
Marty Goulet scored the Beavers' only goal in the second period of the non-conference game. Colorado College (10-3-1, 7-3-0) beat Air Force 4-1 on Friday.
Visiting Wisconsin needed overtime Saturday night to get by last-place Minnesota-Duluth.
Dan Boeser beat goalie Rob Anderson at 4:06 of the extra frame on assists from Kent Davyduke and Brian Fahey. Dany Heatley put the game into overtime with a goal for the Badgers (10-8-0, 7-5-0) at 19:28 of the third.
Minnesota-Duluth (2-12-0, 1-9-0) had taken the lead at 2:19 of the third when Nate Anderson scored his second goal of the night. Bulldog goalie Rob Anderson stopped a career-high 47 shots for Minnesota-Duluth.
Wisconsin won 5-4 Friday.
St. Cloud State (9-3-2, 4-3-1) tied Michigan Tech 3-3 Friday and beat the Huskies (3-10-2, 3-10-1) 4-3 Saturday night in Houghton, Mich.
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