MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal and freshman goalie Sam Brittain made 36 saves as Denver held onto first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a 2-1 win over Minnesota on Friday.

Zucker not only broke a tie with the Golden Gophers, but with Minnesota Duluth as well. The defending champion Pioneers and Bulldogs entered Friday’s games tied for the WCHA lead. Denver’s win, and the Bulldogs’ 8-2 loss to St. Cloud State leaves Denver alone at the top.

Zucker also had an assist for the third-ranked Pioneers.

Zucker scored a 4:01 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Drew Shore scored on the power play for the Pioneers (18-6-5, 14-4-3) midway through the second period to tie it at 1-1.

Shore’s goal came less than three minutes after Erik Haula broke a scoreless tie with a goal at 10:02

Minnesota (11-12-4, 8-10-3) outshot Denver 17-9 in the second period and 37-30 overall.

Kent Patterson made 28 saves for the Gophers. He had 11 saves in the first and third periods.

Minnesota is 3-3-2 against teams ranked in the top 10 this season.

The Gophers were 0-for-6 on the power play.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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