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Gophers respond to drop in rankings with 10-goal outburst

It had been 17 years since the Gophers last scored 10 goals in a game.
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After being swept at Notre Dame last weekend, the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team had a lot to say in a dominating victory over Arizona State Thursday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci. 

The Gophers piled up 10 goals in a shutout victory, marking the first time in 17 years that the hockey program has put up 10 goals in a game. The last time it happened came in a 10-3 win over Minnesota State on Jan. 17, 2004. 

"We had a real strong game tonight…we had some orneriness to us," Gophers head coach Bob Motzko said. "Arizona State is banged up right now, and tonight was just not going to be a good night."

The Gophers improved to 12-3 on the season and they'll go for the series sweep Friday when the puck drops at 4 p.m. 

Minnesota was No. 1 in the national polls prior to falling to No. 4 in this week's USCHO.com rankings. Boston College took the No. 1 spot, followed by Minnesota State and North Dakota.

Overall, Minnesota teams dominated the top 10 as St. Cloud State is sixth and Minnesota-Duluth is seventh. 

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