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About Last Night
Mark Alt and Seth Helgeson scored for Minnesota, but the Gophers fell 3-2 in overtime to Michigan Tech. Alt put Minnesota up 1-0 when his point shot deflected in of a Michigan Tech defenseman at the 10:22 mark of the first. Blake Pietila tied the game 1-1 when his shot from behind the net caromed in off Travis Boyd's skate. The second period was scoreless, but the Huskies took a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal by Jacob Johnstone at just 67 seconds into the third period. Helgeson sent the game to overtime with his third goal of the year at the 6:57 mark of the third period. Brett Olson won the game when he scored 33 seconds into overtime. 

Streak Snapped
Prior to last night, Minnesota had won seven straight games against Michigan Tech. The Gophers last loss to Michigan Tech was a 6-5 overtime road defeat on March 6, 2009. Minnesota's last home defeat to Michigan Tech was a 3-2 overtime loss on Nov. 30, 2007. Minnesota's last regulation loss to the Huskies was a 5-4 defeat at Mariucci Arena on March 3, 2006.

Saturday Night Success
The Gophers are 7-0-1 on Saturdays this year. Minnesota has outscored its opponents 33-14 on Saturdays so far and is 4-0-0 at home.

O From The D
Mark Alt and Seth Helgeson each notched their third goals of the season last night. Alt also picked up his seventh assist on the season on Helgeson's tally. Alt and Helgeson now lead Gopher defensemen in goals, but power-play specialist Nate Schmidt leads the team's blueliners in points with 18 (1g-17a).

A Rare Outcome
The Gophers scored the first goal of the game last night, but could not come up with the win. Minnesota has scored the first goal in 14 of 19 games this year and is 12-2-0 when scoring first. Last night, the Gophers also fell to 12-2-0 when tied or leading entering the third period.

Tied For First
Last night's defeat dropped the Gophers into a tie for first place in the WCHA with 20 points. Minnesota Duluth also earned its 20th point with a tie at Wisconsin. Tonight, the Gophers will look to avoid being swept for the first time in the regular season since Dec. 3 and 4, 2010 at Minnesota State.

Need Three
The Gophers failed to score three or more goals last night for only the third time this season. Minnesota is now 1-2-0 this year when scoring less than three goals (lost 3-2 last night, lost 3-1 at Wisconsin and beat North Dakota 2-0). Minnesota is 12-3-1 when scoring three or more goals (Gophers are 9-1-1 when scoring four or more goals this year).

Super Sophomores
Minnesota's sophomore class has produced the bulk of the scoring for the Gophers this year. The Maroon and Gold have registered 202 points (77g-125a) this year and the sophomore class has recorded 117 of those points (42g-75a) points (57.9%). There are 11 sophomores on the team and all of them except Chris Student have played. Of the 10 who have played, only defenseman Jake Parenteau is scoreless. Nick Bjugstad leads the way with 26 points and is followed by Erik Haula with 23.

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About Last Night
Mark Alt and Seth Helgeson scored for Minnesota, but the Gophers fell 3-2 in overtime to Michigan Tech. Alt put Minnesota up 1-0 when his point shot deflected in of a Michigan Tech defenseman at the 10:22 mark of the first. Blake Pietila tied the game 1-1 when his shot from behind the net caromed in off Travis Boyd's skate. The second period was scoreless, but the Huskies took a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal by Jacob Johnstone at just 67 seconds into the third period. Helgeson sent the game to overtime with his third goal of the year at the 6:57 mark of the third period. Brett Olson won the game when he scored 33 seconds into overtime.  
Streak Snapped
Prior to last night, Minnesota had won seven straight games against Michigan Tech. The Gophers last loss to Michigan Tech was a 6-5 overtime road defeat on March 6, 2009. Minnesota's last home defeat to Michigan Tech was a 3-2 overtime loss on Nov. 30, 2007. Minnesota's last regulation loss to the Huskies was a 5-4 defeat at Mariucci Arena on March 3, 2006.

Saturday Night Success
The Gophers are 7-0-1 on Saturdays this year. Minnesota has outscored its opponents 33-14 on Saturdays so far and is 4-0-0 at home.

O From The D
Mark Alt and Seth Helgeson each notched their third goals of the season last night. Alt also picked up his seventh assist on the season on Helgeson's tally. Alt and Helgeson now lead Gopher defensemen in goals, but power-play specialist Nate Schmidt leads the team's blueliners in points with 18 (1g-17a).

A Rare Outcome
The Gophers scored the first goal of the game last night, but could not come up with the win. Minnesota has scored the first goal in 14 of 19 games this year and is 12-2-0 when scoring first. Last night, the Gophers also fell to 12-2-0 when tied or leading entering the third period.

Tied For First
Last night's defeat dropped the Gophers into a tie for first place in the WCHA with 20 points. Minnesota Duluth also earned its 20th point with a tie at Wisconsin. Tonight, the Gophers will look to avoid being swept for the first time in the regular season since Dec. 3 and 4, 2010 at Minnesota State.

Need Three
The Gophers failed to score three or more goals last night for only the third time this season. Minnesota is now 1-2-0 this year when scoring less than three goals (lost 3-2 last night, lost 3-1 at Wisconsin and beat North Dakota 2-0). Minnesota is 12-3-1 when scoring three or more goals (Gophers are 9-1-1 when scoring four or more goals this year).

Super Sophomores
Minnesota's sophomore class has produced the bulk of the scoring for the Gophers this year. The Maroon and Gold have registered 202 points (77g-125a) this year and the sophomore class has recorded 117 of those points (42g-75a) points (57.9%). There are 11 sophomores on the team and all of them except Chris Student have played. Of the 10 who have played, only defenseman Jake Parenteau is scoreless. Nick Bjugstad leads the way with 26 points and is followed by Erik Haula with 23.

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