The No. 4-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers won their third straight game by defeating the Michigan State Spartans 4-2 on Friday night.
Minnesota (17-5) got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Ben Mayers and Jackson LaCombe.
Brannon McManus made the score 3-0 with a nifty move in front of the net with 7:15 left in the second period.
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MSU put a goal on the board later in the second, but McManus assisted Sampo Ranta on a breakaway with 13:28 remaining in the third period that put the Gophers up 4-1.
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The Spartans added one more goal in the third period to make the final score 4-2.
Minnesota will finish its series against Michigan State on Saturday at 5 p.m. at 3M Arena at Mariucci. That game will be televised on FOX Sports North.