Kyle Rau leads Gophers past Nebraska-Omaha

The freshmen forward registered two power-play goals Saturday night to help lead Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Mavericks. The Gophers can clinch a league title next weekend hosting rival Wisconsin.
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The freshmen forward registered two power-play goals Saturday night to help lead Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Mavericks. The Gophers can clinch a league title next weekend hosting rival Wisconsin.

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