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COLLEGE HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Mavericks, Gophers advance in conference playoffs

Minnesota Gophers forward Scott Reedy received congratulations from the team bench after he jumped on a Michigan turnover and scored the eventual game-winning goal in the first period on Saturday. (Bruce Kluckhohn / University of Minnesota Athletics)1 / 2
Goaltender Hunter Shepard (32) of Minnesota Duluth leaps to cover a shot from defenseman Jack Ahcan (12) of St. Cloud State during Saturday's game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. --- Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com2 / 2

Minnesota State 4, Alabama Huntsville 1

Reggie Lutz helped the top-seeded Mavericks blast their way into the WCHA semifinals, playing fast and physical and hammering home a pair of power-play goals in a 4-1 series-clinching victory over Alabama Huntsville. Read the full story here.

Minnesota 4, Michigan 1

Rem Pitlick had his team-leading 20th and 21st goals for the Gophers, who improved to 7-1 in their past eight games. They will travel to Notre Dame on March 16 for a single-game playoff versus the Irish. See more here.

Lake Superior State 3, Bemidji State 1

Despite outshooting No. 20 LSSU for the second straight night, the fifth-seeded Beavers were sunk by Hampus Eriksson’s game-winning power-play goal in the third period. Read more here.

St. Cloud State 4, Minnesota Duluth 3

For the second consecutive game, a video review of the game-winning goal didn’t go Minnesota Duluth’s way. Top-ranked St. Cloud State finished off a weekend NCHC sweep of third-ranked UMD to cap the regular season for both squads, who will be the top two seeds when the conference quarterfinals get underway next weekend. Read a full report here.

North Dakota 5, Omaha 4, OT

On the final shift Rhett Gardner and Nick Jones will ever skate in Ralph Engelstad Arena for North Dakota, they stormed behind the net and forced a turnover. They watched their makeshift linemate Jordan Kawaguchi bury an overtime winner. Kawaguchi had two goals in the game, while Jones had a goal and an assist, Cole Smith had a goal and an assist and Gavin Hain scored a goal. Read the full story here.

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