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Kyle Rau: 'A lot can happen'

Kyle Rau is still just a freshman for the Gophers hockey team, but he says his confidence has increased so he "doesn't feel like a first year player" anymore. As for being in first place in the WCHA, Rau says "a lot can happen."
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Kyle Rau is still just a freshman for the Gophers hockey team, but he says his confidence has increased so he "doesn't feel like a first year player" anymore. As for being in first place in the WCHA, Rau says "a lot can happen."

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