Gophers claim inaugural North Star College Cup with shootout over UMD
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The top-ranked Gophers hockey program (19-2-4, 7-0-1 Big Ten) topped the University of Minnesota Duluth in a shootout to decide the first North Star College Cup championship on Saturday night.
Junior forward Seth Ambroz netted one of two goals for the Gophers in the shootout along with Kyle Rau following an overtime draw in front of 14,518 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Goalie Adam Wilcox took home Cup Most Valuable Player honors following a 38-save outing in a 4-1 win on Friday night over St. Cloud State and two saves for the shootout win on Saturday.
Nate Condon, Hudson Fasching, Travis Boyd and Rau all scored for the Gophers in a regulation that played to a 4-4 tie.
The Huskies beat the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks 6-4 to win the all-Minnesota tournament consolation.
The Gophers resume Big Ten play against Michigan State on Friday at Mariucci Arena.