Gophers sweep Michigan, advance to Big Ten semifinals

Minnesota advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament with a 4-1 win over Michigan on Saturday in the second game of a best-of-three series.

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Junior forward Rem Pitlick led the way, scoring two goals after registering two assists on Friday.

Senior Tommy Novak got the Gophers on the board at 5:25 of the first period, before sophomore Scott Reedy made it 2-0 a few minutes later at 12:42.

Pitlick pushed the lead to 3-0 just three minutes later, at 15:43, before scoring on the Gophers only shot of a two-minute power play at 17:02 of the second period to make it 4-0.

Adam Winborg got the Wolverines on the board at 13:39 of the third period.

Gophers junior Mat Robson made 22 saves, as Minnesota outshot Michigan 28-23.

Minnesota battled back from a two-goal deficit in Friday’s series opener, winning in overtime.

The Gophers have now won five straight and seven of their last 10, splitting with Notre Dame and sweeping Arizona State to close out the regular season.

The Big Ten tournament’s three seed, the Gophers await the winner of one seed Notre Dame’s series with seven seed Michigan State, and four seed Penn State’s series with five seed Wisconsin.

Top seed Ohio State, which earned a first-round bye, takes on the lowest-seeded team to survive the quarterfinals in a single-elimination game, while the other two teams to advance square off in the other semifinal.

Unranked Minnesota needs to win the Big Ten tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament.