Hockey Gophers sweep Sacred Heart

The University of Minnesota men's hockey team took two wins against Sacred Heart over the weekend. With a 15-0 scoring tally, optimism is high.
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The University of Minnesota men's hockey team took two wins against Sacred Heart over the weekend. With a 15-0 scoring tally, optimism is high.

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