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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: U women's hockey team back in Frozen Four

MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 1 ranked University of MInnesota women's hockey team will return to the Frozen Four to defend its NCAA Division I national championship. The Golden Gophers routed Boston U 5-1 Saturday at Ridder Arena.

After a 1-1 first period, the Golden Gophers went ahead 2-1 in the second on Rachel Ramsey's goal. The U then score three goals in the third. Kelly Terry had two of those goals and Maryanne Menefee had the third. Ramsey assisted  on both of Terry's goals. Terry had an assist and Millica McMillen also had two assists for the U. Winning goalie Amanda Leveille made 28 saves. The Gophers will play No. 2 Wisconsin on Friday in the national semifinals. The finals are on Sunday at 3 p.m. 


The University of Minnesota men's hockey team ended its regular season at the tail end of a 6-2 beating by Michigan Saturday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.   Michigan led 5-0 before the U scored its first goal late in the second period from Brady Skjei. He also scored the U's second goal in the third. Michael Shibrowski was in goal for the U and made 22 saves as Michigan only outshot Minnesota 28-27. Luke Moffat had two goals for Michigan and Andy Copp had a short-hamded goal and two assists. Minnesota still is the Big Ten regular season champion at 14-3-3, 25-5-6 overall. They will play either Michigan State or Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Friday evening at the Xcel Energy Center at 7:07 p.m.


Ryan Johansen scored the decisive shootout goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets clipped the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center. After Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned away Matt Moulson to open the fourth round of the tiebreaker, Johansen secured the extra point with a backhander. Minnesota rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper tried to disrupt the attempt with a poke check, but Johansen pulled the puck to the backhand and sent it into the net. The goal was upheld following a video review. Bobrovsky made 32 saves for Columbus, which improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight games. Kuemper stopped 28 shots for the Wild, who went 1-0-3 on a four-game homestand to extend their home point streak to 10 games (7-0-3).   The game was scoreless for nearly 40 minutes before the Blue Jackets' Dalton Prout's point shot found the back of the net with 21.6 seconds left in the second period. Minnesota tied things up when Zach Parise won a race to a puck, then dished out from behind the net to Jason Pominville for a one-timer at 3:12 of the third period.


Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run single in a three-run eighth inning for the Minnesota Twins, who tied the New York Mets 3-3 in a spring training game Saturday. Jermaine Mitchell's RBI-single capped the eighth-inning rally. All three runs came against New York reliever Vic Black. Chris Young homered for the Mets and Daniel Murphy and Josh Satin also drove in runs. Dillon Gee pitched three-plus scoreless innings for New York, giving up five hits and striking out three without issuing a walk. Scott Diamond fanned six in 3 2/3 innings for the Twins but allowed two runs on three hits and three walks. Both teams went down in order in the ninth inning.