Gophers win fourth straight
MINNEAPOLIS — The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team overcame a slow start Friday night against No. 19 Minnesota Duluth to win 6-1 at Mariucci Arena in the first game of a two-game series.
Six different Gophers netted goals and goalie Adam Wilcox stopped a career-high 36 shots. Minnesota has now won four straight games and is 9-1-1 on the year.
Charlie Sampair opened the scoring at the 4:19 mark to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota came alive toward the end of the opening stanza. A.J. Michaelson, Tom Serratore and Justin Kloos scored in rapid succession to give the Gophers a 3-1 lead.
The barrage of goals continued for Minnesota in the middle frame. Just over five minutes into the period, Sam Warning nearly converted on a wraparound attempt and linemate Kyle Rau buried the rebound. Warning has now notched a point in all 11 of the team's games. He leads the Big Ten conference in scoring with 18 points.
Travis Boyd scored 12:36 into the second and Minnesota's Michael Brodzinski netted a power-play goal with 2:53 to go.