Observations from Minnesota's 3-2 win over Minnesota State

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Stopping A Stampede
Entering the weekend, the Gophers had not had much recent success against Minnesota State. The Mavericks knocked Minnesota out of the national rankings with a sweep in Mankato, Minn. last year and had gone 2-0-1 in their last three games at Mariucci Arena during the tenure of UM's current senior class.

With a sweep this weekend, Minnesota improved its record in two-game home series against MSU to 11-1-4 and its all-time record against Minnesota State to 31-8-6.

The Gophers also improved to 12-1-0 when scoring first and 12-1-0 when tied or leading entering the third period. On Saturday, they put up 40 shots for the seventh time this season and allowed under 30 shots for the 14th time in 18 games. Minnesota also recorded its fifth sweep of the season after having only four in all of 2010-11.

Saturday Night Lights
With their win in the second game of the series against Minnesota State, the Gophers improved their record on Saturdays to 7-0-1. Minnesota has outscored its opponents 33-14 on Saturdays so far this season. On Fridays the Gophers are 6-3-0 and UM lost its only Sunday game to Vermont on Oct. 23 at home. The Gophers are 4-0-0 at home on Saturday.

First Period Theatrics
If you watched the Saturday's game, hopefully you didn't miss the opening 20 minutes. Minnesota took a commanding 3-0 lead despite only outshooting Minnesota State 15-14. The 29 combined shots was tied the most in a period in a Gopher game this year. The Gophers outshot Michigan State 17-12 in the first period of their meeting on Nov. 25 and were tied 2-2.

Ambroz Takes Charge
After being taken out of the lineup for the first time all year last Saturday against Michigan State, freshman winger Seth Ambroz made sure to come back with a positive weekend against Minnesota State. He did just that. After finishing Friday night with a +1 rating, Ambroz sparked the Gophers early on Saturday. Playing with his usual grind-it-out style Ambroz put the Gophers up 1-0 by chipping home a power-play tally early in the first. He added an assist on Taylor Matson's goal later in the period and finished the night with another +1 rating.

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