MINNEAPOLIS – The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Colgate before falling in a shootout Friday night at Mariucci Arena in the teams' Mariucci Classic-opening game.
Gophers junior captain Kyle Rau tallied his 100th career point with on Travis Boyd's third-period, game-tying goal before the Raiders advanced to Saturday's tournament championship with a 2-1 shootout win.
The shootout was the first at the Mariucci Classic since Northeastern advanced to the 2011-12 edition of the tournament with a win over Princeton and the first involving Minnesota since the Gophers earned third place in 2008 with a 2-0 shootout victory against Air Force.
The Raiders will take on No. 2 Ferris State in the Mariucci Classic title game Saturday at 4 p.m. and Minnesota will face RPI in the 7 p.m. consolation game on Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com.