Observations from Minnesota's 6-2 Win Over North Dakota

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Much-Needed Win
With the victory, Minnesota earned its first win of the 2012 calendar year, after starting off with losses to Notre Dame (Jan. 7) and North Dakota (Friday). In addition to halting a three-game losing streak, the triumph also moved the Gophers' record against UND on Jan. 14 to 3-3-0. Historically, UM has struggled in Grand Forks in the month of January. The Gophers earned their tenth win at North Dakota in 35 contests all-time and won the season series against North Dakota for the first time since 2005-06.

Over 30 Club
Nick Bjugstad had two goals tonight against North Dakota and now has 31 points (19g-12a) on the year. He is the first Gopher to record 30 or more points in one season since 2008-09 when four players accomplished the feat. That year Ryan Stoa lead Minnesota with had 46 points (24g-22a) in 36 games. He was followed by Jordan Schroeder (45 points), Jay Barriball (34 points) and Cade Fairchild (33 points). In 2010-11, Jacob Cepis led the Gophers with 29 points. In 2009-10, Schroeder and Tony Lucia each had 28 points to lead the team.

Making Their Points
Entering the night, Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau were the only Gophers to have a point-per-game average against UND. The duo made sure to quickly maintain that trend when Rau assisted on two Bjugstad goals in the first. Bjugstad now has four goals and three assists in seven games and Rau has two goals and three assists against North Dakota.

The only player on the UND roster with a point-per-game average against Minnesota is Rocco Grimaldi, who scored a goal in his only game against UM on Nov. 5, 2011. Grimaldi did not play this weekend.

The Drought is Over
With goals in the second period both Seth Ambroz and Nate Schmidt ended scoring droughts. Ambroz gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead 2:05 into the period with his first goal since Dec. 3 against Minnesota State and Schmidt tallied his first since Oct. 23 against Vermont.

With Tom Serratore serving an early-third-period penalty, Nate Condon gave the Gophers their sixth goal. Condon's second goal of the night, which came with 31 seconds left on Serratore's minor, was his third shorthanded goal of the season. Only Colgate's Austin Smith has more shorthanded goals nationally. He has five.

Condon, who also scored shorthanded against Northeastern and Alaska-Anchorage this year, is the first Gopher to have three shorthanded goals in one season since Ryan Stoa had four during the 2008-09 campaign.

The goal also gave Minnesota six goals against North Dakota for the first time since Jan. 13, 2006, when Minnesota won 6-1 at Mariucci Arena.

Better Late Than Never
After being victimized by a second-period last-minute goal on Friday, the Gophers responded with two last-minute goals of their own on Saturday. Nick Bjugstad put Minnesota up 2-0 with 20 seconds left in the first period and then Nate Condon made it 5-2 Gophers when he scored with 39 seconds left in the second period. Minnesota has scored 11 goals this year in the last minute of a period and have allowed only two.


Junior goaltender Aaron Dell had played arguably his best hockey against the Gophers entering Saturday, but after allowing five goals on 24 shots through two periods, Dell was pulled in favor of senior Brad Eidness. Eidsness let in one goal on eight shots in the third.

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