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Gophers can wrap up WCHA title against Badgers

The Gophers can wrap up the WCHA championship this weekend with a pair of wins against Wisconsin. They’re two points ahead of the UMD Bulldogs with two games to play. The 'Dogs are on the road this weekend against St. Cloud State.
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The Gophers can wrap up the WCHA championship this weekend with a pair of wins against Wisconsin. They’re two points ahead of the UMD Bulldogs with two games to play. The 'Dogs are on the road this weekend against St. Cloud State.

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