MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The University of Minnesota hockey team showed Northern Michigan why they are ranked as the top team in collegehockey.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two old WCHA foes squared off in the championship game of theDodge Holiday Classic at Mariucci Arena on Thursday night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Golden Gophersscored two first period goals and added two more in the third period for the4-1 win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Minnesota struck first in the first period when Tyler Hirschscored both goals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His first goal was at 7:37 while his second marker was at12:37 on the power play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The second period saw the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats get on the board whenDarin Olver struck for his fifth goal of the season on the power play at14:14.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam and Tim Hartung assisted on the goal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver was named tothe Dodge Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Golden Gophers added goals by Ryan Potulny at 3:48 andDanny Irmen at 12:32 of the third period for the final margin.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Towards the endof the game things between the two teams got a little heated.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Geoff Waugh wasgiven a five major penalty and a disqualification.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Pat Bateman was given a10-minute misconduct all at 17:27.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With 13 seconds left in the game, DustyCollins was given a roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.
NMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s only goal of the night was scored on the power play inthree attempts.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Minnesota was 2-5 with the extra attacker.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki had37 saves for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kellen Briggs for the Golden Gophers had 29 saves forthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 30 shots for the game while the home team had 41.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will now take some time off before jumping backinto CCHA play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will at Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 7-8.