Minnesota Notes For March 10 Against Alaska Anchorage

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About Last Night
Erik Haula scored two goals and Kent Patterson made 16 saves as Minnesota beat Alaska Anchorage 2-1 in Game 1 of its best-of-three playoff series against the Seawolves. Haula opened the scoring with a breakaway goal 1:42 into the second period and added his second goal of the game a little more than eight minutes later. Nate Schmidt assisted on both goals. Alaska Anchorage scored a power-play goal with two seconds left in the second period and neither team scored in the final stanza.

Playoff Win
Minnesota snapped a three game-postseason skid with a 2-1 win against Alaska Anchorage last night at Mariucci Arena. Minnesota's last playoff win prior to last night was a 4-2 win at North Dakota on March 13, 2010. Before last night, the Gophers lost two playoff games to Alaska Anchorage and one to North Dakota.

The Gophers improved to 27-3 all-time in WCHA first-round playoff games at Mariucci Arena with their win last night. Minnesota's three setbacks all came to this weekend's opponent Alaska Anchorage. The Seawolves won twice at Mariucci Arena last season and also won Game 2 in overtime in a 2007 playoff series.

One-Goal Games
Minnesota beat Alaska Anchorage 2-1 last night. It was the 20th game that Minnesota played this year that was decided by one goal. The Gophers are now 11-9-0 in one-goal games this season. They have won four straight one-goal games and have won seven of their last eight one-goal games. The 20 one-goal games is a season record for Minnesota. The previous was 18 games and last happened during the 2006-07 season.

Clubhouse Leader  
With two goals last night, Erik Haula overtook Nick Bjugstad for the team lead in point. The sophomore center from Finland now has 40 points (17g-23a) this season in 38 games to lead Minnesota. Bjugstad, who has played 35 games, has 38 points (23g-15a). Haula is the first Gopher to reach 40 points in one season since Ryan Stoa (46 points in 36 games) and Jordan Schroeder (45 points in 35 games) both accomplished the feat during the 2008-09 season.    

Schmidt Assists   
Nate Schmidt had two assists last night and now has 32 assists in 38 games this season. His 32 assists are the most by a Gopher blueliner since Chris Harrington had 33 assists in 40 games during 2005-06.  

Saturday Night Success
Minnesota enters tonight's game with a 14-3-1 record on Saturdays this season. The Gophers went 13-1-0 in the WCHA (7-0-0) on Saturdays this year. Minnesota's last Saturday home loss was a 4-3 setback to No. 5 Notre Dame on Jan. 7.

Against Alaska Anchorage
Minnesota improved to 3-0-0 against Alaska Anchorage this year with a 2-1 win last night. The Gophers, who won two games in Anchorage in October, have outscored the Seawolves 10-2-0 this year and have not allowed an even-strength goal.

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