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Updated: March 2nd, 2013 9:42pm
Big third period enables Gophers hockey team to gain split with Denver

Big third period enables Gophers hockey team to gain split with Denver

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota scored three goals in a 3-minute, 52-second span of the third period, and Zach Budish had two goals and two assists as the Gophers cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Denver Pioneers on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.

The Gophers earned a split of the series after losing 2-0 to the Pioneers on Friday night.

Scott Mayfield gave Denver a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:34 of the first period. The Gophers tied the score at 9:03 of the second period when Budish beat Denver goalie Sam Brittain.

Minnesota then took control in the third as Nick Bjugstad scored at 9:52 on a power play. Justin Holl and Sam Warning followed with goals to put the Gophers up by three. Budish put the puck into an empty net at 18:55 to finish the scoring.

Erik Haula had three assists for the Gophers. Goalie Adam Wilcox earned the victory by stopping 31 shots. 

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