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

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Game No. 1,000
Gopher head coach Don Lucia recorded a win in his 1,000th game on Saturday. Lucia now has a 592-325-83 overall record after spending 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 313-170-54 record. 

WCHA Update
By winning in Omaha to complete the sweep, the Gophers clinched a top-two spot in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. With two points against Wisconsin next weekend or a Minnesota-Duluth loss, Minnesota will capture its first MacNaughton Cup since 2006-07. 

Winning in Omaha
For the first time since the Mavericks swept Alaska-Anchorage at home on Oct. 21-22, Nebraska-Omaha had the same result on both nights of a two-game series. By taking four points, the Gophers became the first team to sweep the Mavericks at the CenturyLink Center in a WCHA regular-season series. Bemidji State swept Nebraska Omaha in Omaha last year in the playoffs and did the same thing in Bemidji, Minn. in the regular season. The last time UNO was swept at home in the regular season was on Jan. 11-12, 2008 against Miami of Ohio.

The Gophers have won seven Friday games in the WCHA, have completed the sweep all seven times. Minnesota leads the all-time series against the Mavericks 3-2-0. The visiting team has won each game.

Rau Streaking
With two goals on Saturday and an assist on Friday, Kyle Rau is now on a seven-game point streak. In his last seven contests, the freshman forward has three goals and six assists. Rau had a team-high eight-game point streak early in the season. Sophomore Erik Haula is the only other player on the team with a streak of seven or more games.

Five With 30
One night after Nate Schmidt became the fourth Gopher to hit the 30-point mark this season, Jake Hansen reached the same plateau by recording a secondary assist on Kyle Rau's game-winning goal.Nick Bjugstad (38), Erik Haula (37), and Kyle Rau (34), and Schmidt (32) each hit 30 prior to Saturday's game. Just shy of the 30-point mark are Zach Budish (28) and Nate Condon (26).

That Was Short
Two goals by Minnesota in the first 9:20 of the game, caused Nebraska Omaha to change netminders, inserting senior John Faulkner for freshman Ryan Massa. The last time the Gophers had an opponent pull its goalie was on Jan. 14 when UM forced North Dakota to pull Aaron Dell in favor of Brad Eidsness after 40 minutes in a 6-2 win in Grand Forks, N.D.

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