Minnesota Notes For Jan. 21 Against Colorado College

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About Last Night
Colorado College scored an early second-period goal to take a 1-0 lead into the third period. That would be the only goal scored by either team until the final two minutes of the game. With goaltender Kent Patterson on the bench, Nick Bjugstad tied the game 1-1 at the 18:43 mark. However, the Gopher's lead lasted less than one minute, as Tim Hall scored the game-winner for the Tigers with 36 seconds left in the game. With the win, Colorado College snapped a four-game losing streak to Minnesota.

Hockey Day Minnesota
The Gophers are participating in Hockey Day Minnesota today, which is the reason for the 5 p.m. start. Last year on Hockey Day, the Gophers dispatched Denver 7-3 to avoid being swept at home. The win improved Minnesota to 3-2 on Hockey Day Minnesota, a tradition that officially began in 2007.

20 For Bjugstad
Sophomore Nick Bjugstad scored his 20th goal last night for Minnesota. Bjugstad is the first Gopher to score 20 goals in one season since Ryan Stoa registered 24 goals in 36 games during the 2008-09 season. Bjugstad has a point in 19 of 24 games this year and has scored a goal in 14 games this season.

Close Encounters
The Gophers are 16-9-1 on the season. Of their nine defeats, eight have been by one goal (including one in overtime). Minnesota's only loss of more than one goal was a 3-1 setback at Wisconsin on Nov. 11. Minnesota is 4-8-0 in one-goal games this year.

Saturday Success
Minnesota is 9-2-1 in Saturday games this year. The Gophers, who are undefeated in WCHA play on Saturdays, lost to Notre Dame and Northeastern this year. The lone Saturday tie was at Michigan State.

Final Minute
Last night, Colorado College scored with 36 seconds left in the game to win 2-1. It was the first time all season that Minnesota allowed a goal with less than one minute remaining in the game. The Gophers have scored seven goals this season in the game's final minutes.

Getting Back On Track
Minnesota will look to snap a three-game skid at home tonight. The Gophers have lost their last three home games to Northeastern, Notre Dame and Colorado College. Minnesota's last home win was a 5-1 victory against Niagara on Dec. 30. The last time Minnesota lost three straight at home was Oct. 15-22, 2010 (lost twice to Nebraska Omaha and once to St. Cloud State).

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