Minnesota Notes For Feb. 25 at Nebraska Omaha

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About Last Night: Minnesota extended its win streak to three games with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory at Nebraska Omaha. Jake Parenteau scored his first career goal as a Gopher in his 38th game 1:46 into overtime to lift Minnesota to the win. Sam Warning got Minnesota on the board early in the first period to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. Nebraska Omaha then led 2-1 after two periods, before Nick Bjugstad scored his 23rd goal of the season in the third period at the 4:17 mark. Kent Patterson made 22 saves as Minnesota improved to 22-11-1 overall and 18-7-0 in the WCHA.

WCHA Update: Minnesota can claim at least a stake of the MacNaughton Cup tonight if it wins and Minnesota Duluth does not record a point at home against Colorado College.

1,000 Games: Don Lucia will coach in his 1,000th game tonight when the Gophers take on Nebraska Omaha. Lucia, who has a 591-325-83 overall record, spent six seasons as head coach at both Alaska Fairbanks (113-87-11) and Colorado College (166-68-18) before coming to Minnesota. Since taking over the Golden Gophers, Lucia has led Minnesota to two national titles and a 312-170-54 record. Lucia, who is nine wins shy of 600 for his career, earned his 300th win as Minnesota's head coach in a 4-1 victory at Wisconsin on Nov. 12, 2011.

Bonus Hockey: Minnesota played in its fifth overtime game of the season last night and improved to 2-2-1 in such games when Jake Parenteau scored the game-winner 1:46 into the extra session. Minnesota also beat Minnesota Duluth, tied Michigan State, and lost to Michigan Tech and Denver in the extra session. Nate Condon, who had the primary assist on Parenteau's goal, scored the game-winning goal at Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 14.

Need Three: Minnesota has scored three or more goals in its last six games and is 4-2-0 in those games. The Gophers, who are second in the nation with a 3.65 goals-per-game average, are 19-6-1 when scoring three or more goals this year. Conversely, they are 3-5-0 when scoring less than three goals. In the seven games prior to Minnesota's six-game streak of scoring three or more goals, the Gophers scored three or more goals only twice and were 3-4-0 during that stretch.

What Gives?: Nebraska Omaha has not been swept in WCHA play this season and has not had the same result in both games of a weekend series since sweeping Alaska-Anchorage on Oct. 21-22. The Gophers are 12-3-1 in Saturday games with an 11-1-0 mark in the WCHA. Minnesota has won six Friday games in the conference and has finished the sweep each time.

Road Advantage: Minnesota has played Nebraska Omaha four times and the home team has lost all four games. On Oct. 11, 2003 when the Gophers beat UNO 7-3 in Omaha in the Mavericks' second-ever game at the CenturyLink Center (then called the Qwest Center). Last season, Nebraska Omaha returned the favor by sweeping Minnesota at Mariucci Arena in its first-ever WCHA series. That weekend marked the last time Minnesota was swept at home in the regular season. The Gophers made the road team a perfect 4-0-0 with a win on Friday.

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