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March 29, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 2012-13 Minnesota men's hockey season came to an end on Friday afternoon in a 3-2 overtime loss to Yale at the 2013 NCAA West Regional at Van Andel Arena.
The Gophers (26-9-6) rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime only to see the Bulldogs advance to the regional final with a goal just nine seconds into the added session.
After Yale (19-12-3) scored twice in the second with goals from Kenny Agostino and Gus Young, Minnesota picked up its pace in the third period. Nate Schmidt drew the Maroon and Gold within a goal with his ninth of the season at 8:12 of the third during a Minnesota power play and Zach Budish evened the contest with his 14th goal of the season at 13:40.
Erik Haula assisted on both goals, setting a new career high with his 50th and 51st points of the year. Kyle Rau also assisted on Schmidt's power-play goal, marking just the second time this season that the sophomore tallied in a loss.
In overtime, however, Yale would make the first and only shot of the session count as Jesse Root was set up by Kenny Agostino just nine seconds into the period for the game-winning goal.
Minnesota, which outshot the Bulldogs 28-26 including 12-6 in the third period and owned a 47-21 advantage in face offs for the game, suffered its second-straight loss for the first time this season. Both teams picked up one power-play goal in the NCAA opener with Minnesota going 1-for-5 and Yale going 1-for-3.
Adam Wilcox suffered the loss for Minnesota, falling to 25-8-5 in his freshman campaign. The rookie ends his first season with the Gophers tied for the program's rookie wins total (Kellen Briggs). Wilcox also set a new Minnesota single-season record for goals against average at 1.88 and finished with the second highest save percentage for a season in Gophers' history at .921 (Alex Kangas: .930 in 2007-08). Jeff Malcolm made 26 saves in the win for Yale to move to 17-6-2 on the season.
-Pride on Ice-
OT Winner Keeps `U' Streaking
The Maroon & Gold have now won seven-straight games and nine of the last 10 contests.
Around the Rink: Connor Reilly
A native of Chanhassen, Minn., Reilly has collected 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 114 career games with the Gophers.
Border Battle on Deck
Friday’s series opener is set for 7 p.m. CT with Saturday’s finale scheduled for 5 p.m.