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Minnesota Gophers defenseman Justin Holl (12) celebrates his game-winning goal with 0.6 seconds left in the third period with forward Seth Ambroz (17) against the North Dakota Sioux in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Minnesota defeated North Dakota, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Men's hockey: Gophers beat UND at the horn in Frozen Four


By Tim Leighton

St. Paul Pioneer Press

PHILADELPHIA — It typically is just a 300-mile trip when Minnesota and North Dakota play each other in men’s hockey. It’s a trip they have made 290 times over 84 years in what is arguably the most storied rivalry in college hockey.

Game No. 291 took place at a destination four times that distance, but the high intensity and talent level that has become a trademark in the series didn’t get lost along the way.

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