Observations from Minnesota's 7-3 Win Over Alaska Anchorage

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See You in St. Paul!
By beating Alaska Anchorage in their best-of-three first-round playoff series, the Gophers moved on to their first WCHA Final Five in three years. Minnesota, who will be one of six teams in the league left when play begins next weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, will get a bye on Thursday and will next play in the semifinal round on Friday against an opponent to be determined. The Gophers lost 2-1 to Minnesota-Duluth in their first game at the last final they went to in 2008. Minnesota is looking to claim its 15th WCHA Playoff championship all-time and its first Broadmoor Trophy since 2006-07.

Battle Hymn of the Republic
With two wins over Alaska Anchorage this weekend, the Gophers completed their ninth sweep of the season and eighth against a WCHA opponent. After being eliminated by a sweep at the hands of the Seawolves last season, Minnesota won all four meetings with UAA in 2011-12 by a combined score of 18-5. The Gophers did not allow an even-strength goal in those four games.

Barrage of Goals
Entering the third period tied at three, Minnesota went on a tear offensively in the third period, scoring four goals to make for a 7-3 victory. Saturday's final frame marked the fourth time Minnesota scored four times in a period all year. The Gophers scored four in the third period on Dec. 10 against Michigan Tech in a 6-2 win and scored in each of the final two periods on Oct. 7 against Sacred Heart. Minnesota also improved to 5-3-0 on the year when entering the third period with the score tied and have outscored its opponents 51-18 in the final stanza.

Comeback Kids
After trailing 3-1 with 11:40 to play in the second period, the Gophers reeled off six unanswered goals to earn a 7-3 win. Saturday marked the second time all season that Minnesota won a game when faced with a multiple-goal deficit at any point in the contest. The Gophers also beat Minnesota-Duluth 5-4 on Oct. 15 after falling behind 2-0 in the first 7:11 of the game.

Kremer Gets In
After serving as the team's third goaltender for almost four full seasons, senior Jake Kremer entered the game with 43.2 seconds to play in the third period. The Seawolves didn't get a shot on goal in that time and Kremer closed out the Gopher victory.

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