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Updated: March 21st, 2014 11:40pm
Top-ranked Gophers upset by Ohio State in Big Ten hockey tournament

Top-ranked Gophers upset by Ohio State in Big Ten hockey tournament

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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Even in a new conference, the Gophers hockey team couldn't shake off an unwanted streak on Friday.

The No. 1-ranked Gophers were upset, 3-1, by Ohio State in the semifinals of the inaugural Big Ten tournament, marking the fifth straight year Minnesota has failed to win a conference tournament single-elimination game.

Ohio State's Ryan Dzingel broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period with what ended up being the game-winning goal. An empty net goal in the game's final minute sealed the victory for the Buckeyes.

Kyle Rau erased Ohio State's early lead with the tying goal in the second period, but the Gophers couldn't find the back of the net again.

Minnesota remains without a victory when scoring only one or two goals this season. That has been the case in all six of the Gophers' losses.

Ultimately, the loss shouldn't do anything to alter the Gophers' NCAA tournament fate. They are still projected to get a No. 1 see in the West regional next weekend.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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