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Updated: January 3rd, 2014 10:03pm
Top-ranked Gophers come up short in shootout, upset by Colgate

Top-ranked Gophers come up short in shootout, upset by Colgate

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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After nearly a month-long break, the Gophers hockey team's return to the ice Friday night at Mariucci Arena didn't go as planned.

Outdone in a shootout, the top-ranked Gophers found themselves victim of an upset defeat in their own Mariucci Classic thanks to visiting Colgate.

Although the Gophers outshot Colgate 38-29, they were never able to take full control of the game. Colgate erased a 1-0 second period deficit and took a 2-1 lead going into the final period.

That was before the Gophers' Travis Boyd notched the equalizing goal midway through the final frame. But the late burst wasn't enough for the Gophers to avoid overtime. The five extra minutes didn't settle anything, leaving the two squads locked in a shootout.

Minnesota's first two shootout attempts were stopped by Colgate goalie Charlie Finn (36 saves). Kyle Rau finally got past Finn to tie the shootout at one goal apiece, but Ryan Johnston scored on Colgate's next try to send the Gophers to a rough loss.

A win Friday would have set the Gophers up for a Saturday showdown with the nation's No. 2-ranked team, Ferris State (15-2-3). Instead, the Gophers will have to settle with a consolation match-up with RPI (8-7-4), which lost to Ferris State in a 6-2 romp Friday afternoon.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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