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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Gophers beaten 7-4 in national title game

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Minnesota men's hockey team lost 7-4 to Union College in the national championship game of the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament Saturday evening in front of over 18,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center.

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The Golden Gophers led 2-1 in the first period thanks to goals from Sam Warning and Justin Kloos. But the Dutchmen scored three unanswered goals in the same period in 1:54 to take a 4-2 lead. The U's Taylor Cammarata scored the only goal in the second to cut the lead to 4-3 but Union scored early in the third period to go ahead 5-3. Minnesota came within a point again at 5-4 after Hudson Fasching's goal but Union answered with a pair of goals late in the period. Seven different players scored for the Dutchmen. Max Novak, Kevin Sullivan and Frozen Four MVP Shayne Gostisbehere each had a goal and an assist.  Union outshot Minnesota 49-40 and Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox made 41 saves. The combined 89 shots is an NCAA record for a non-overtime game.

This was the U's 12th national championship game since the NCAA Tournament began in 1948 and their record is 5-7. Minnesota's final overall record is 28-7-6.

Union College is a private school of 2,246 students located in Schenetctady, N.Y. They are Division I in college hockey only and members of the ECAC (East Coast Athletic Conference). Like many ECAC schools they do not give out college scholarships for athletics. This is the second season in a row an ECAC school has won the NCAA Division I title as Yale did so last season.

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Joe Mauer completed a six-run second inning with a three-run homer, Ricky Nolasco turned in eight stellar innings for his first win of 2014, and Minnesota cruised to a 7-1 victory over Kansas City in the middle test of a three-game set. Brian Dozier homered, drove in two and scored twice for the Twins, who have won the first two in the series and four of their last seven. Nolasco (1-1) held KC to a run on five hits, while fanning four with one walk. Michael Tonkin, summoned from the minors prior to the game, finished the contest with a scoreless ninth. Lorenzo Cain's RBI-double stood as the lone offense for the Royals, losers in four of their last six. James Shields (0-2) was tagged in defeat for six hits and seven runs, striking out five and walking three over 5 2/3 frames.

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