Sioux edge top-rated Denver, advance to WCHA finalTrupp scores two goals, has three in two games
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Evan Trupp had a pair of goals and an assist to lift North Dakota past top-ranked Denver 4-3 on Friday in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Five.
Trupp entered the tournament without a goal in his previous 20 games, but has had three goals the past two nights. The Fighting Sioux (24-12-5) advances to face St. Cloud State in the title game.
Chris VandeVelde and Brad Malone also scored for North Dakota.
Matt Donovan, John Lee and Chris Knowlton scored for the Pioneers (27-8-4), who beat North Dakota four times in the regular season en route to winning the WCHA title.
Brad Eidsness had 23 saves for North Dakota, which has won 11 of its last 12 games. Denver goaltender Marc Cheverie, who was named the league's most valuable player on Thursday, took the loss with 20 saves.
The Pioneers will face Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in the tournament's third-place game.