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Justin Kloos, Adam Wilcox lead Minnesota past St. Cloud State and into Frozen Four

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 10:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Justin Kloos, Adam Wilcox lead Minnesota past St. Cloud State and into Frozen Four

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Justin Kloos scored twice and Adam Wilcox made 24 saves shots top help top-seeded Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 4-0 on Sunday in the NCAA West Regional final.

Minnesota (27-6-6) will face North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals in Philadelphia on April 10. Boston College will play Union in the other semifinal.

The Gophers are making their third trip to the Frozen Four since winning national titles in 2002 and 2003.

Kloos opened the scoring on a wrap-around with 8:51 to go in the first period. Seth Ambroz and Kloos scored in the second period, and Kyle Rau capped the scoring with a power-play goal in the third.

Wilcox, the Big Ten player of the year and a Hobey Baker Award candidate, had his fourth shutout of the season.

Ryan Faragher stopped 12 of 15 shots for the third-seeded Huskies (22-11-5) before he was pulled in favour of freshman Charlie Lindgren, who finished with 19 saves.

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