ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Keith Ballard and Gino Guyer each had a goal and an assist as Minnesota defeated St. Cloud State 5-3 Friday night.
The Huskies lost in spite of a hat trick by Joe Motzko, who scored his 15th, 16th and 17th goals of the season.
Travis Weber made 19 saves for Minnesota, while Jake Moreland recorded 26 stops for St. Cloud State before getting pulled after the second period. Jason Montgomery made 14 third-period stops in relief for the Huskies.
Judd Stevens and Jake Fleming scored first-period goals to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead heading into the second.
Motzko rattled off two goals within a minute on two power plays early in the second period to tie things up. But Minnesota countered with goals from Ballard, Troy Riddle and Guyer in the period to put the game out of reach for the Huskies.
Ryan Malone and Derek Eastman each recorded two assists for St. Cloud State (16-13-4, 12-11-4 WCHA). Barry Tallackson notched two assists for the Gophers (20-8-8, 15-6-6).
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