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Associated Press, Published February 22 2013

Rau leads Gophers over Minnesota-Duluth

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota forward Kyle Rau has a knack for being in the right place late in the game, and he was there for the Gophers again on Friday in men's college hockey.

Rau notched his sixth game-winning goal of the season, knocking in a rebound at 13:25 of the third period as second-ranked Minnesota beat Minnesota-Duluth 5-3 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

“At that time of the game all goals are garbage goals,” Rau said. “You just have to go to the front of the net.”

Rau got the game-winner after Nick Bjugstad’s shot deflected off a skate through traffic to Rau wide open on the back side. Rau easily scored his 14th goal of the season.

Erik Haula scored short-handed and into an empty-net for the Gophers. Sam Warning and Nate Condon had a goal and assist apiece for the second-ranked Gophers (21-6-4, 13-6-4).

Minnesota has the nation’s best power play at 26 percent. But the Gophers were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.