Observations from Minnesota's 2-1 Win Over No. 11 Colorado College

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Happy Hockey Day!
The State of Hockey celebrated Hockey Day on Saturday and the Minnesota-Colorado College was part of the day-long special by Fox Sports North. The Gophers improved their record on Hockey Day to 4-2-0 since the tradition officially began in 2007. Last year, the Gophers beat another team from Colorado, Denver, 7-3, on Hockey Day. That victory also helped Minnesota salvage a split.

Four Shorthanded
With Jake Parenteau serving a cross-checking penalty early in the first period on Saturday, Nate Condon tied the game at one with his fourth shorthanded goal of the season. Condon, who also scored with a teammate in the penalty box against Alaska-Anchorage, Northeastern, and last North Dakota is one shorthanded shorty shy of the Minnesota single season record. Peter Hankinson (1989-90) and Steve Griffith (1982-83) each had five. Condon is second nationally is shorthanded goals behind only Austin Smith of Colgate, who has five.

Perfect on Saturday
Despite being a top-five team for most of the season, the Gophers have struggled on Friday nights. The Gophers are only 7-5-0 on Fridays this season, but have more than cancelled their series-opening struggles with a 10-2-1 record on Saturdays. In WCHA play, Minnesota is now 9-0-0 in series finales. The Gophers' Saturday losses came against Northeastern and Notre Dame and their lone tie came against Michigan State. UM split with Colorado College for only the second time in ten regular-season series since the beginning of the 2005 calendar year. The only other time the teams split in that time was on Dec. 13 and 14, 2008. UM won the first game 4-1 and lost the following night 1-0.

Shooting Gallery
Though Minnesota did not score in the third period of Saturday's game, the Gophers put up more shots than they have in the third period of any game this season. Tiger goaltender Josh Thorimbert stopped all 17 UM shots in the final 20 minutes as CC only managed six shots in the period (20 in the game). The Gophers finished with 37 shots on goal.

Sacchetti Scores!
Senior Nico Sacchetti, who had the longest goalless streak on the team entering the game, finally ended his drought after 18 games played. Sacchetti last scored on Jan. 14, 2011 against North Dakota. Like his last goal in Grand Forks, N.D., his tally on Saturday was the game-winning goal. It was Sacchetti's second career goal and fifth career point against Colorado College in nine games and was his first point of 2011-12 in eight games.

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