No. 1 Gophers clinch inaugural Big Ten title with OT win at Michigan
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The top-ranked Gophers hockey program clinched the inaugural Big Ten title with a 3-2 overtime win at No. 13 Michigan on Friday night.
Junior forward Kyle Rau netted the game-winning goal 2:44 into the overtime period after the Gophers and Wolverines played through a scoreless third period to a 2-2 tie.
After sophomore forward Brady Skjei put the Gophers ahead 1-0 at the 9:20 mark, two Michigan shots got by sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox on the Wolverines' 11 attempts in the first period. Wilcox didn't allow a goal the rest of the game on 13 more shots by the Wolverines, including one in overtime.
The Gophers (25-4-6, 14-2-3 Big Ten) also clinched a 'U'-record third-straight conference championship as they closed out the WCHA with back-to-back MacNaughton Cups in 2012 and 2013. Minnesota ends the regular season against the Wolverines (17-12-4, 9-8-2-1 Big Ten) on Saturday at 6 p.m.