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A few Gophers could reach 30-goals

The top ranked Golden Gophers hockey team is off to a 9-1 start. Goalie Kent Patterson has been great, but the offensive firepower has been superb. Kyle Rau, Nick Bjugstad, and Erik Haula could reach 30-goals before the season ends.
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The top ranked Golden Gophers hockey team is off to a 9-1 start. Goalie Kent Patterson has been great, but the offensive firepower has been superb. Kyle Rau, Nick Bjugstad, and Erik Haula could reach 30-goals before the season ends.

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