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Gophers keep momentum going, whip Sioux 5-1

From Grand Forks

MINNEAPOLIS - The recipe for ending Minnesota's program-long win drought against UND here was eerily familiar on Saturday night. Minnesota scored three goals in the final 5:09 of the middle frame to take control in a 5-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory.

The loss ended UND's seven-game unbeaten streak against the Gophers, six-game unbeaten streak in Mariucci and five-game unbeaten streak this season.

Zach Budish scored a fluky goal off of a draw, when he swatted at the puck, sending it high into the air, over goalie Brad Eidsness and in the net for a 2-0 Minnesota lead with 5:09 left in the period. Tony Lucia and Jake Cepis later scored goals seven seconds apart -- a Minnesota program record -- to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

If there was any solace for the Sioux, it was that after they fell behind 5-0 on a power-play goal early in the second period, they outshot the Gophers 14-1 for the rest of the game and broke up Alex Kangas' shutout bid when Darcy Zajac buried a wrist shot in the slot at 8:33. The Sioux actually ended up outshooting the Gophers 35-23 for the game.

Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Josh Birkholz, but the Sioux came out with extra jump after the first intermission.

They outshot the Gophers 10-2 to start the middle frame, but didn't have anything to show for it. Kangas (34 saves) was fantastic and he got some help when Evan Trupp and Ben Blood rang shots off the pipe.