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Ice Breaker Final: Minnesota defeats Mercyhurst 6-0

Minnesota scored three goals in the second period to break open a close game. The Gophers face New Hampshire for the Ice Breaker Tournament championship after the Wildcats defeated Clarkson 4-1 earlier today.

Kyle Rau opened the scoring for #5 Minnesota this season
Kyle Rau opened the scoring for #5 Minnesota this season
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Minnesota scored three goals in the second period en route to a 6-0 victory over Mercyhurst. That includes Justin Kloos' first collegiate goal, which saw the freshman shoot a pass from Nate Condon past Lakers goalie Jordan Tibbett on the power play to make it 4-0 Gophers.

Kyle Rau, Seth Ambroz, Sam Warning, Mike Reilly and Michael Brodzinski also scored for #5 Minnesota (1-0-0). Sophomore Adam Wilcox made 24 saves for his fourth career .

The Gophers face New Hampshire for the Ice Breaker Tournament championship tomorrow night (October 12) at 7:00 p.m. CT. Mercyhurst (0-1-0) and Clarkson meet prior to that at 4:00 p.m. for the consolation game.

We'll have a full recap later.

SCORING

First Period

MINNESOTA Kyle Rau (1) (Ben Marshall, Travis Boyd, 6:25 PP)

Second Period

MINNESOTA Seth Ambroz (1) (Unassisted, 3:37)

MINNESOTA Sam Warning (1) (Kyle Rau, 11:52)

MINNESOTA Justin Kloos (1) (Nate Condon, Mike Reilly, 15:20 PP)

Third Period

MINNESOTA Mike Reilly (1) (Hudson Fasching, Sam Warning 11:10)

MINNESOTA  Mike Brodzinski (1) (Sam Warning, Kyle Rau 18:20)

Shots On Goal:

Mercyhurst 8 - 5 - 11 -- 24

Minnesota 14 - 20 - 14 -- 48

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