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Video: John Groce hits ice at Chicago Blackhawks game

Earlier this week, Illinois basketball coach John Groce participated as the “celebrity contestant” for the “Shoot the Puck” contest during intermission of the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. Groce and Illinois are fresh off a 20-15 season and an NIT berth in his second season. Watch the video in this post to see how he did.

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Gophers advance with Frozen Four thriller

Minnesota scored the game-winning goal against North Dakota with less than second left to win the Gophers’ NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament semifinal Thursday night in Philadelphia. Minnesota (28-6-6) advances to play Union College (N.Y.) for the championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the first semifinal Thursday. The Golden Gophers withstood a fierce North Dakota power play near the end of regulation time, then countered with a late rush to score the game-winner shorthanded.

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Gophers shut out St. Cloud State, advance to Frozen Four

Justin Kloos scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and Hobey Baker Award finalist Adam Wilcox continued his great season in net with a 24-save shutout as No. 1/2 Minnesota defeated No. 8 St. Cloud State 4-0 in the 2014 NCAA West Regional final at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday night, sealing the Golden Gophers 21st trip to the NCAA Frozen Four.

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Gophers win NCAA Hockey opener over Robert Morris

Though cliché, calling No. 1/2 Minnesota’s 7-3 victory over Robert Morris a team victory is certainly appropriate. Of the 18 Gopher skaters who played in Saturday’s NCAA West Regional game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., 13 notched at least one point, led by the two-goal effort of captain Nate Condon. Condon’s second goal, a shorthanded, empty-netter late in the third period, marked the senior’s 100th career point in the Maroon & Gold.

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Badgers fall to North Dakota in NCAA Hockey Tourney

It took a comeback win by the Wisconsin men’s hockey team over Ohio State to push North Dakota off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament. When the two teams met in the tournament’s first round, UND didn’t show much appreciation, as a goal with 1:44 left in regulation broke a 2-2 tie and ended the Badgers season.

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