ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Freshman forward Sam Warning netted the game-winning goal with just 1:19 left to play as Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 3-2 Saturday in college hockey.

The win allowed Minnesota to take a five-point lead in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association over No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, which was shut out 5-0 by Michigan Tech.

“We got the two points, that’s what matters,” said Warning, who scored to finish off a 3-on-2 break. “It was a big goal.”

Warning one-timed a pass from Justin Holl high over sprawling netminder Ryan Faragher.

Faragher was under fire all night as the Gophers (19-9-1, 15-5-0) outshot the Huskies 46-12. Faragher had 17 of his 43 saves in the third period. Minnesota’s Kent Patterson had to make just 10 saves.

“We never gave up and battled the whole game,” Warning said. “It’s our third win in a row. That’s huge now.”

Ben Hanowski gave St. Cloud State (10-14-4, 7-10-3) a lead at 13:54 of the first period. But Minnesota’s Ben Marshall and Erik Haula scored on the power play for a 2-1 lead.

Hanowski’s second goal tied it with just over a minute left in the second period.

The Gophers, who won Friday’s opener 2-1, were 2-for-4 on the power play.
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