Kloos Scores Twice as Gophers Advance to Frozen Four

Updated: 03/31/2014 12:56 PM
Created: 03/30/2014 9:33 PM

Justin Kloos scored twice and Adam Wilcox made 24 saves to 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 favor of freshman Charlie Lindgren, who finished with 19 saves.

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St. Cloud State forward Ryan Papa, right, and Minnesota defenseman Michael Brodzinski (20) chase the puck during the second period of an NCAA West college regional hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, March 30, 2014.
Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt
Minnesota forward Justin Kloos (25) battles St. Cloud State forward Cory Thorson (8) and defenseman Kevin Gravel (7) for the puck during the first period of an NCAA West college regional hockey game.
Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt
Coach Don Lucia talks about the Gophers win over St. Cloud State.
KSTP-TV/Andrea Mayeux

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