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Minnesota Casey Mittlelstadt warming up before the Michigan State (Marvin Chambers-Photo Credit)

Madison Square Garden, New York-The third annual Super Saturday College Hoops & Hockey doubleheader featured No.13/14 Minnesota against Michigan at The World Famous Arena was a classic game. The Gophers opened the series with a 5-4 win over the Spartans on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan.

Brent Gates Jr. and Casey Mittelstadt led the way with a goal and an assist each for Minnesota (15-12-1 overall, 6-9-1-1 Big Ten) while Mat Robson improved to 3-1-0 in the season while making 19 saves on 20 shots.

Playing in his 100th career game, Brent Gates zipped home a bouncing puck in front of the net at 16:31 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie in a Big Ten rival matchup. Jack Ramsey and Case Mittelstadt set up the deciding goal for the Gold and Maroon.

Gates and Mittelstadt hooked up for the game’s opening goal at 11:23 of the first period when Gates snuck a pass through a crease and onto Mittelstadt’s stick for his seventh of the year. Ryan Zuhlsdorf also picked up an assist on the goal.

Cody Milan scored the lone goal for Michigan State (9-16-1, 3-12-1-1) at 8:22 of the third period. Spartans goalie John Lethemon had 9 saves in 20 minutes on the ice.

The Gophers outshot the Spartans 22-20 on the night while the penalty kill went 3-for-3. Minnesota was 0-4 for power in the game.

Since Big Teams are listed in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Notre Dame remains No.1 in both polls. Ohio State follows at No.6/6, Penn State checks in at No.12/12, Minnesota comes in at No.13/14, Wisconsin is No.18 in the USHCO.com poll, while Michigan is No.20 in the USCHO.com poll. Five Big Ten schools (Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Wisconsin have been ranked in the top five of both the USCHO.com and the USA Today and Hockey Magazine polls.

The Gophers return home next weekend with a Big Ten series against No. 1 Notre Dame at 3p.m. Arena at Mariucci.