MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota and New Hampshire feature two of the top coaches in all of college hockey, as the Gophers' Don Lucia and the Wildcats' Dick Umile have more than 1,100 career victories between them.
When the dust settled Saturday night, Lucia put another notch in the win column.
But his club had to earn it.
In the Ice Breaker Tournament's championship game at Mariucci Arena, fifth-ranked Minnesota outlasted New Hampshire, 3-2. The host Gophers couldn't rest until netminder Adam Wilcox made an impressive, sprawling save with just 7.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
"We knew it was gonna be a hardfought game," Lucia said afterward, "and it it was. ... I'm really proud of our guys for winning the trophy."
"I think I learned that anyone can score on our team," Minnesota standout Nate Condon said. "We're getting production out of everyone. ... We can play with pretty much any team right now."
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