Jan. 3, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Colgate before falling in a shootout Friday night at Mariucci Arena in the teams' Mariucci Classic-opening game. Gophers junior captain Kyle Rau tallied his 100th career point with on Travis Boyd's third-period, game-tying goal before the Raiders advanced to Saturday's tournament championship with a 2-1 shootout win.
The shootout was the first at the Mariucci Classic since Northeastern advanced to the 2011-12 edition of the tournament with a win over Princeton and the first involving Minnesota since the Gophers earned third place in 2008 with a 2-0 shootout victory against Air Force.
After piling up eight shots in the first five minutes of regulation and emerging from the opening frame scoreless, Minnesota found the back of the net first in the middle stanza. After denying a Colgate clearing attempt at the blue line, freshman defenseman Michael Brodzinski potted his fifth goal of the season to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead with a shot that made its way through traffic and past Raider netminder Charlie Finn.
Colgate answered 6:04 later when Tim Harrison threw a sharp-angle shot on goal and linemate Joe Wilson crashed the net for the equalizer.
The Raiders pulled ahead for the end of the second period, capitalizing on a Minnesota turnover in the neutral zone that allowed Darcy Murphy and Daniel Gentzler to go in on Gopher goaltender Adam Wilcox unabated. Gentzler passed to Murphy, who snapped a shot that beat Wilcox to the stick side.
The Gophers would even the score 10:31 into the third period on their fourth power-play attempt of the night when Reilly took a pass from Rau and set up Boyd in the left circle for a one-timer that trickled over the goal line after being slowed down by Finn.
Despite numerous chances by both teams in the final 9:29 of regulation and in overtime, the game ended in a tie. Colgate used shootout goals by Mike Borkowski and Ryan Johnston to capture the shootout win. Rau scored Minnesota's lone shootout goal.
Wilcox finished the night with 27 saves, while Finn turned away 36.
The Raiders will take on No. 2 Ferris State in the Mariucci Classic title game Saturday at 4 p.m. and Minnesota will face RPI in the 7 p.m. consolation game on Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com.
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