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Senior forward Mike Hoeffel scored two goals for the Gophers

Senior Mike Hoeffel scored twice for the Golden Gophers

HOUGHTON, Mich. - Deron Cousens scored his first goal of the season but it wasn't enough as No. 19 Minnesota earned a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over Michigan Tech Saturday (Nov. 20).

"I thought tonight's game was a huge step in the right direction," said head coach Jamie Russell. "We came out with good jump, good intensity and competed."

The Gophers struck first for the second straight night. Mike Hoeffel scored off his own rebound at 3:09 of the first period.

The Huskies tied the game with a power-play goal at 2:08 of the second period. Jacob Johnstone won the faceoff and then Steven Seigo sent a cross ice pass to Cousens who scored with a slap shot from the boards.

Minnesota reclaimed the lead with a fluke goal 45 seconds later after the puck found its way into the net off a Tech defender's stick.

The Gopher lead grew to 3-1 with a goal by Mike Hoeffel, his fourth of the weekend, at 5:35. Hoeffel scored his seventh goal of the season with a wrist shot from the slot off a pass from Justin Holl.

UM tacked on an empty net goal with one second remaining.

Kent Patterson finished with 30 saves for the Gophers and Kevin Genoe made 32 saves for the Huskies.

Tech returns to action Dec. 3-4 when it hosts Colorado College in a two-game WCHA series.