Top 10 Moments Of 2011-12: No. 10

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a lot back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 10 - Kyle Rau scores against Sacred Heart

Some freshmen take a few games, months or even an entire season to get acclimated to the college game.

Kyle Rau (season highlights) needed less than one minute.

Coming off a dazzling high school career which ended with him being named Mr. Hockey, Rau established himself as a scoring force early in his career. He scored Minnesota's first goal of the year--and the first of his career--when he tallied just 56 seconds into the season-opening game against Sacred Heart.

Rau kept up his scoring ways all season as he was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team. He finished second on the team in points (43) and was third on the team in goals (18) and assists (25). He had six game-winning goals which tied Trent Klatt (1991-92) for ninth all-time in a single season.

Rau's 18 goals were the most by a Gopher freshman since the 2006-07 season (Jay Barriball had 20 and Kyle Okposo had 19) and his 43 points were the most by a freshman since the 2008-09 season (Jordan Schroeder had 45). Rau was national Rookie of the Month for and was a three-time WCHA Rookie of the Week.

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