staff, staff, March 21, 2015

Minnesota claimed its first Big Ten hockey playoff title and earned an automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA tournament with a 4-2 victory over Michigan on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The win gives Minnesota its first conference playoff title since 2007 (WCHA) and its 15th overall conference playoff title. The Gophers have now swept the Big Ten regular-season championship (second-straight in the Big Ten and fourth-straight overall) and the Big Ten tournament title - the first time the Maroon & Gold have swept the conference titles since 2007.

Travis Boyd scored twice and Kyle Rau (one goal, one assist) and Leon Bristedt (two assists) each tallied multi-point games while Adam Wilcox made 24 saves to pick up the win and now sits with 73 career wins - most among active NCAA goalies and tied for third all-time at Minnesota with Hobey Baker Award winner Robb Stauber.

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