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Badger men win WCHA tournament with 3-2 win over Colorado College

The hottest team in college hockey started its season winning just one of its first 10 games.

The Wisconsin Badgers continued their impressive turnaround with a 3-2 win over Colorado College Saturday to take the Broadmoor Trophy plus the WCHA's automatic position in the NCAA Tournament.

Tyler Barnes, Sean Little and freshman Nic Kerdiles scored goals as the Badgers won their sixth game in a row.

Kerdiles' second-period score gave Wisconsin the insurance goal it needed and a 3-1 lead at the time. Joel Rumpel had 19 saves for Wisconsin.

The Badgers outshot Colorado State 33-21 while winning the Final Five Tournament. Kerdiles was named the tournament MVP.

Face Massachusetts-Lowell in NCAA opener

The Wisconsin men's hockey team will play Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

A field of 16 was announced Friday night.

Wisconsin is part of the four-team Northeast Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire. The top four teams in the tournament were seeded, and Lowell is the No. 3 seed. Quinnipiac has the overall top seed.

The Badgers have a six-game winning streak with a record of 22-12-7.

U-Mass Lowell is 26-10-2, winning 22 of its last 28. The winner of that game will play either Denver or New Hampshire on Saturday night in the Elite Eight round.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves says every team in the tournament can beat anyone else. His goal is for the Badgers to keep playing the way they have.

Wisconsin won its 12th and final WCHA tournament crown before leaving for the new Big Ten hockey conference next year. The Badgers have won six national crowns, the last in 2006.