STrib: Oliver Moore flourishing lately

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All the qualities that make up Oliver Moore were on display last weekend when the Gophers men's hockey team faced Big Ten-leading Michigan State in East Lansing.

Moore's blazing speed, tenacity, sharp shooting and deft passing combined to fuel a three-goal, one-assist weekend for the center, who was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week.

On the flip side, Moore's youth — the freshman turned 19 less than two weeks ago — was front and center, too. His third-period turnover Friday led to Michigan State's tying goal, and the Spartans won 3-2 on another goal with 4 seconds left.

In the end, though, Moore's resilience was the trump card as he scored two goals, assisted on another and personified the effort the Gophers needed in a 5-1 victory Saturday.

"There's the bounce-back of a young man taking ownership in his team and his teammates," Gophers coach Bob Motzko said. "I can't say enough about how hard he works and the effort he puts in, the skill level. As he gets older, the game is going to slow down, and the more it slows down for him, better things are going to continue to happen."
 





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