ST. PAUL, MINN - Nic Kerdiles had a goal and an assist to help Wisconsin hang on to beat Colorado College 3-2 on Saturday night in the WCHA championship game, giving the Badgers an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Tyler Barnes scored with 17 seconds left in the first period to put Wisconsin (22-12-7) on top, and the Badgers stayed ahead the whole night to end the season for the Tigers (18-19-5). Both teams needed to win to move on because their records aren't strong enough for an at-large spot in the 16-team field.
Sean Little also had a goal for Wisconsin after having one waved off earlier in the game.
Charlie Taft scored for the second time in two games, and Rylan Schwartz had a goal and an assist for Colorado College.
MANITOWISH WATERS - People wanting to get into the holiday spirit didn't need to look further than Manitowish Waters.
Saturday was the 8th annual Festival of Trees.
The event raised money for the Frank B. Koller Memorial Library.
"We are offering businesses to come in and decorate a tree and it's a festive way to recognize local area businesses plus raise money for the library," said Koller Memorial Library director Janelle Kohl.
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