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Playing at Xcel Energy Center for the first time since he was a Delano high schooler five years ago, Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Ben Meyers had his own cheering section of former Gophers teammates in his return to Minnesota.
After a decade as an assistant coach with Bob Motzko, first at St. Cloud State and now with the Gophers, Raboin is heading to Sioux Falls to start the new Augustana men's hockey program.
The Gophers co-captain and Big Ten most valuable player last season was one of the most sought-after undrafted players in college this season, and joins a Minnesota Wild division rival.
Long before Reggie Lutz was born, his father Danny faced a medical challenge that he has stared down and never let affect what he does as a hockey dad. Also: Gophers forward Schmidt honored for classroom work, and Denver is a surprisingly good seafood town.

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Denver played the defensive game it needed to play in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, limiting powerful Michigan's offense and holding off the Wolverines long enough to win in overtime and advance to the national title game.
Michigan wants to run-and-gun, Minnesota State Mankato wants to do its own thing, and Denver's Bobby Brink wants to advance and maybe play his boyhood heroes for the NCAA title as the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals get underway.
When it appeared the sky was falling on the Minnesota Gophers in January, their coach stayed calm, installed a new goalie and got vital contributions from a talented group of rookies, earning the program's first Frozen Four trip since 2014.
The trophy given to the top player in men's college hockey will be returning to Minnesota, one way or another, as two Minnesotans and a Chicagoan who plays in Minnesota are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
The Gophers rested. The Wolverines played games. The Mavericks had almost too much rest. But all three won their regionals after college hockey added an off day this season for the first time.
Goals in the first and third periods, along with a solid performance in goal from Justen Close, lifted the Minnesota Gophers past Western Michigan and back to the Frozen Four on coach Bob Motzko's birthday

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Trailing 2-0 and 3-1 before a hostile crowd, the Minnesota Gophers kept chipping away and finally put away defending national champion UMass in overtime to advance to their regional final.
The Minnesota Gophers haven't seen much of the UMass Minutemen, and vice-versa heading into their NCAA regional showdown on Friday. While the Gophers are the higher seed, UMass will be the true home team, which suits Minnesota coach Bob Motzko just fine.
Before a record-setting audience in Minneapolis, the Michigan Wolverines erased an early Minnesota Gophers lead and claimed the Big Ten playoff title.

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