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Colorado College presents a speedy challenge for Golden Gophers

University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia says this weekend's series against Colorado College won't be anything like last weekend's split against North Dakota. The Tigers are much faster team than UND, meaning the Gophers are skating a little harder in practice this week.
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University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia says this weekend's series against Colorado College won't be anything like last weekend's split against North Dakota. The Tigers are much faster team than UND, meaning the Gophers are skating a little harder in practice this week.

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