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Updated: March 7th, 2014 10:16pm
No. 1 Gophers net five goals before third period in blowout win at OSU

No. 1 Gophers net five goals before third period in blowout win at OSU

by Andrew Krammer
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The top-ranked Gophers hockey program rode a scoreless third period to a 5-1 win over Ohio State on Friday night. In doing so, the Gophers also clinched a bye in the upcoming Big Ten tournament with three regular season games left.

Four freshmen goals and one from junior Kyle Rau buried the Buckeyes at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio as Minnesota won its fifth-straight game after being swept in Madison a month ago. 

Justin Kloos gave the Gophers a one-goal lead just two minutes into the game before Rau set up the 2-0 score heading into the second period. Taylor Cammarata, Connor Reilly and Vinni Lettieri all scored in the second to finish the Gophers' scoring outburst for the night. Rau and Cammarata converted on two of the Gophers' four power play opportunities. 

Sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox finished with 30 saves, including 13 in the first period. 

The Gophers (24-4-5, 14-2-2 Big Ten) drop the puck for the final regular season matchup against the Buckeyes on Saturday. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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