Updated: March 15th, 2014 8:44pm
Top-ranked Gophers wrap up regular season with loss at Michigan

Top-ranked Gophers wrap up regular season with loss at Michigan

by Nate Sandell
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Having wrapped up the Big Ten title on Friday, the No. 1-ranked Gophers hockey team appeared like it was already looking ahead to next week's conference tournament, as Minnesota concluded the regular season Saturday night by getting blown out, 6-2, by Michigan.

With Gophers reserve goaltender Michael Shibrowski in net, the Wolverines scored five unanswered goals before Minnesota was able to manage any sort of rebuttal.

Michigan's Luke Moffatt notched back-to-back goals early in the second period to open up a 3-0 deficit. Two Wolverine goals later, the Gophers finally broke the shutout late in the period with a goal from Brady Skjei.

But there was no momentum swing when the third period got underway. Michigan scored 30 seconds into the final frame to make it 6-1. Skjei ended up adding to his total with the Gophers' second goal.

Minnesota clinched the first Big Ten regular season title when Kyle scored a power play goal just over two minutes into overtime Friday against the Wolverines.

The Gophers (25-6-6) will be the top seed in the Big Ten tourney when they host their opening game on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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