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Associated Press, Published January 26 2013

Gophers snare victory over MSU-Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota used two power-play goals and a strong night in net by freshman goalie Adam Wilcox to beat Minnesota State-Mankato 4-1 on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Nate Schmidt and Zach Budish had power-play goals for the Gophers (18-4-4, 10-4-4), who avenged Friday’s 2-1 loss that knocked the NCAA’s top-ranked team from the WCHA lead.

Wilcox made 26 saves to keep the Gophers in a second-place tie in the WCHA.

“We bounced back when we needed to,” Wilcox said.

Minnesota scored twice on reviewed goals in the first period and improved to 14-1-3 when scoring the first goal in the game. Its only loss was Friday’s last-second setback.

Justin Holl opened the scoring on Saturday on a breakaway that rebounded off his leg into the net. Nate Schmidt’s power-play goal followed five minutes later. It, too, was reviewed.