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Noora Raty key to Gophers' title dreams

Updated: March 15, 2012, 3:02 PM ET
By Pat Borzi | Special to espnW

MINNEAPOLIS -- The celebration, like everything else with the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team, began with goaltender Noora Raty.

As the final horn of Minnesota's 5-1 NCAA tournament quarterfinal victory over North Dakota sounded last Saturday at Ridder Arena, Raty raised her arms and skated out from her crease. Within seconds, a mob of jubilant teammates engulfed her to share the joy of Minnesota's eighth Frozen Four berth in 12 seasons.

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