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St. Louis native Sam Warning, of Chesterfield, Mo., is set to take the ice with No. 1 Minnesota when they take on No. 3 Union College in the NCAA hockey finals.

The Christian Brothers College High School graduate has established himself as a Golden Gopher team leader with 13 goals, 20 assists and 33 points on the year. Warning, a junior forward, is also +27, which is first on the team.

He proved he can step it up in a big game situation when he scored the first of two goals that led Minnesota past North Dakota for a 2-1 victory in the Frozen Four.

The NCAA Hockey final will be televised on ESPN and TSN2. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Minnesota will skate into the finals 27-6-6 in their first appearance in the NCAA finals since winning back to back titles in 2002 and 2003.

Warning is one of only four students who are not from Minnesota playing with the Golden Gophers this season.

The Union Dutchmen have never been to a final, and will hit the ice with a 31-6-4 record. Four Dutchmen were named to the All-American team, while the Gophers boasted three of their own, but Sam Warning fell short of that group.

Since this is Sam's junior year, it's possible we could see an All-American Warning next season.

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