Observations from Minnesota's 3-2 win over North Dakota

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Win a 3-2 win on Saturday night, the Gophers swept North Dakota at home for the first time at home in the regular season under head coach Don Lucia. Minnesota last swept UND at Mariucci Arena on March 8 and 9, 2002 in the first round of the WCHA playoffs and last did it in the regular season on Nov. 8 and 9 1996. Minnesota's last sweep overall against its archrival came on Dec. 9 and 10, 2006 in Grand Forks. It is the Gophers' fourth sweep of the season (second at home) in five series.

Fourth Line Does It Again
For the second straight night, Minnesota's fourth line made a difference on the scoresheet. After assisting on Tom Serratore's insurance goal on Friday, senior Nick Larson tied the game at two in the third period on Saturday. Freshman Travis Boyd assist on both goals. As usual, Serratore and his linemates brought a physical presence and energy to the Gopher lineup.

Small Freshmen Make a Big Difference
After missing the first game of the series, 5-foot-6 North Dakota freshman Rocco Grimaldi broke through for a his first collegiate goal in his fifth game of the season, giving UND a 2-1 lead in the second period. Not to be outdone, 5-foot-8 rookie Kyle Rau defended his HCA Freshman of the Month title by scoring the game-winning goal, his fourth winner of the 2011-12, with less than a minute remaining in the game.

Goaltenders' Duel
Kent Patterson didn't record his school record-breaking sixth shutout of the season on Saturday, but he did do enough to lead his team to victory, making some clutch saves on Brock Nelson and Corban Knight late in the third period. He finished the night with 17 saves.

After starting the year 2-3-1 with a 3.41 goals against average and a .843 save percentage, North Dakota goaltender Aaron Dell showed why he was named to the All-WCHA First Team last year. The junior netminder stopped 30 of 32 shots on Friday and 39 of 42 on Saturday (.932 save percentage on the weekend) and was one of the reasons UND had a chance to win late in the game on both nights.

Big Crowd, New Jerseys
Mariucci Arena was sold out for the second straight night on Saturday with 10,234 fans in attendance, the tenth-largest crowd at the arena since it was built in 1993. The Gophers also played in their new alternate white home jerseys for the first time on Saturday night in the win.

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