Observations from Minnesota's 3-2 Overtime Win Over Nebraska Omaha

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Better Late Than Never
After being the top-scoring defensemen (tied) in the NAHL prior to joining the Gophers last season, it took now-sophomore Jake Parenteau 26 career games to get his first collegiate point, an assist against Niagara on Dec. 30. On Friday night, Parenteau scored his first goal in his 38th game as a Gopher and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Franconia, Minn.-native scored 1:46 into overtime to lift Minnesota to a crucial 3-2 win. Parenteau now has four points (1g-3a) in 30 games this season.

Road Advantage
Minnesota has played Nebraska Omaha four times and in each game, the home team has lost. It all started on Oct. 11, 2003 when the Gophers beat UNO 7-3 in Omaha, Neb. in the Mavericks' second-ever game at the CenturyLink Center (then called the Qwest Center). That win came in the consolation game of the early-season Maverick Stampede tournament. Last season, Nebraska Omaha returned the favor by sweeping UM 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.

Something's Gotta Give
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.

Back to .500 in the Extra Session
For the fifth time in the 2011-12 season, the Gophers couldn't settle a game in 60 minutes. With Jake Parenteau's game-winning goal, Minnesota improved to 2-2-1 in overtime games. UM also beat Minnesota-Duluth, tied Michigan State, and lost to Michigan Tech and Denver in the extra session. Condon, who assisted on the OT-winner on Friday, scored the game-winning goal against UMD on Oct. 14. UNO has gone to overtime a WCHA-high 10 times and is now 2-2-6 in those games.

New D Pairings
With Ben Marshall out of the lineup for the first time in his collegiate career, the Gophers needed to mix up their defensive pairings. Justin Holl and Seth Helgeson remained together, but Mark Alt, who had skated with Marshall in all 33 of the team's games this season prior to Friday, played with Nate Schmidt. Jake Parenteau, who normally plays with Schmidt, was paired with hulking freshman Blake Thompson. The four defensemen who had new partners combined for a goal, an assist, and a +4 plus/minus rating.

Fourth to 30
By assisting on Sam Warning's first-period goal, Nate Schmidt became the fourth Gopher to hit the 30-point mark this season. Nick Bjugstad (37), Erik Haula (35), and Kyle Rau (32) each surpassed 30 prior to Friday's game. Schmidt is the first Minnesota defenseman to reach 30 points sicne Cade Fairchild did it in 2008-09 and his 28 assists are the most for a defenseman since Alex Goligoski (30) and Mike Vannelli (29) in 2006-07. Just shy of the 30-point mark are Jake Hansen (29), Zach Budish (28), and Nate Condon (26).

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