Colorado College dropped the opener of the WCHA series at the World Arena when they fell to No. 4 Minnesota, 4-2, on Friday.
The Golden Gophers built a 2-0 lead in the second period before the Tigers stormed back to tie the game at 2-2 on goals by Archie Skalbeck and William Rapuzzi heading into the third period.
Minnesota left winger Tom Serratore broke the tie at the 13:23 mark of the third period with his fifth goal of the season to put the Golden Gophers up for good. Minnesota added an empty-net goal with 1:08 remaining in the third to secure the win.
Colorado College has struggled to win close games this season as they are are 4-6-1 in games decided by one goal this season.
The loss dropped Colorado College to 8-8-1 on the season as they have played teams ranked in the top-seven in four consecutive weeks. Minnesota improved to 11-3-2 overall with the win.