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Motzko gets first win with Gophers in 7-4 victory over UMD

Win follows 1-1 tie between the same teams

October 08, 2018 - 6:08 am

The Gophers scored three first-period goals and never trailed in a 7-4 win on Sunday over defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth for the team's first win under new head coach Bob Motzko.

Brannon McManus scored twice and Tyler Sheehy added a power play goal to give the Gophers the quick start before an announced crowd of 8,115 at Mariucci Arena.

After UMD closed to within 3-2, the Gophers answered with three more goals and a 6-2 lead early in the third period.

That second three-score spurt started out on the first college goal by last year's Minnesota Mister Hockey winner Sammy Walker of Edina.

The win comes after the Gophers and Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 tie Saturday night in Duluth, where UMD unveiled its 2018 national championship banner at AMSOIL Arena.

Motzko was hired away from St. Cloud State by the Gophers after Don Lucia stepped down in March.  Lucia coached the Gophers for 19 seasons but missed the NCAA tournament twice in the last three years.

UMD is coming off its second national championship season, winning the title last April after beating Notre Dame 2-1 in the final at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.