Northeastern Beats Minnesota 3-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Northeastern took a 3-1 lead early in the third period and survived a late goal by Minnesota to beat the Gophers 3-2 Saturday in the championship game of the Mariucci Classic.

Garrett Vermeersch scored the game-winner on the power play at 14:23 of the third period, giving the Huskies (8-7-3) a 3-1 lead.

The second-ranked Gophers (15-6-1) pulled within a goal on Taylor Matson’s short-handed tally at 19:42. Minnesota’s first goal by Nate Condon in the first period also was short-handed and gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies responded with goals by Vinny Saponari and Steve Quailer.

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Chris Rawlings made 31 saves to help Northeastern win its second Mariucci Classic title. The first came in 1977 over Minnesota.

The Huskies’ eight-game unbeaten streak is their longest since 1985-86.

Minnesota played without top scorers Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, who were with the U.S. World Junior Championships team.

Kent Patterson made 27 saves for the Gophers.

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