Gophers Continue Winning Ways with Victory over Minnesota-Duluth

February 27th, 2010 by Chris Eckes Leave a reply »
Don't look now, but the Minnesota Golden Gophers are quietly putting together a playoff run.

The Gophers (11-12-2 WCHA, 16-15-2 overall) defeated a reeling UMD Bulldogs (14-10-1, 18-14-1) 3-2 on Friday night at the DECC in Duluth.

Plenty of fans of both teams were on hand to watch the Gophers pick up an emotional and hard-fought win on a gritty Jacob Cepis goal at 14:59 of the third period.

Nick Larson started the scoring out for the Gophers at 12:59 of the first period, taking a nifty pass from Jake Hansen on a 2-on-1 and depositing the puck past Bulldog goaltender Brady Hjelle above his left shoulder.

The Gophers controlled the play for much of the first and second periods, and were rewarded for their hard work with a five-minute power play on a boarding major. The Gophers, however, failed to score on the lengthy man-advantage, and the kill breathed new life into the Bulldogs team. After getting a power play late in the second period, forward David Grun put away a rebound that skittered across the crease with just four seconds left in the second period to knot the game at one goal a piece.

The third period was a emotional affair, wit ...

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