Observations from Minnesota's 7-3 Win Over Boston Univ.

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After both teams won today, Minnesota and North Dakota will face off for the sixth time this season and 288th time in history for a trip to the Frozen Four on Sunday afternoon. The Gophers hold a 3-2-0 lead in the season series after sweeping UND at home and splitting in Grand Forks in the regular season and dropping a 6-3 decision in the WCHA Final Five semifinals last week.

Five Years To the Day
Minnesota, which played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since losing to Boston College 5-2 in Worcester, Mass. on Mar. 28, 2008, won its first tournament game in exactly five years on Saturday. The Gophers beat Air Force 4-3 on Mar. 24, 2007 to advance to the second round of the tournament, where they lost to North Dakota, 3-2 in overtime.

All Even With BU
Storied rivals Minnesota and Boston University met for the 26th time on Saturday. The Terriers held a 12-11-2 advantage in the all-time series entering the contest, but the Gophers evened it up with a 7-3 win. It was the first time the teams met since Minnesota closed Walter Brown Arena with a 2-1 win on Jan. 2, 2005 and BU rebounded with a 2-1 triumph the following night to open Agganis Arena--its new home. The Gophers are 5-3 against BU in NCAA Tournament play.

Four With 40
Freshman Kyle Rau and sophomore Nate Schmidt joined second-year centers Erik Haula and Nick Bjugstad as Gophers with 40 points or more on Saturday. Rau had a single-game career-high four points with one goal and three assists to up his season total to 42 points. Schmidt added two assists to get to 40 with three goals and 37 assists. Bjugstad, who scored Minnesota's last goal has 41, while Haula, who notched an assist, now has 47.
Schmidt also moved into a tie for sixth for assists in a single season by a Minnesota defenseman. His 37 helpers tie him with Jordan Leopold in 2000-01 and Mike Knoke in 1979-80. Haula has the most points in a single season by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny posted 63 in 2005-06.

Minnesota has four 40-point scorers for the first time since 2002-03 when Thomas Vanek (62), Troy Riddle (52), Keith Ballard (41), and Matt Koalska (40) did it. 

Filling the Net
For the second time in two weeks, Minnesota scored more than six goals in a game. On March 10 in Game 2 of their first round playoff series against Alaska Anchorage, the Gophers scored seven times in a 7-3 win to complete the sweep. Minnesota won by the same score against Boston University.

It was the third time this season the Gophers recorded seven goals or more, also accomplishing the feat in a 9-0 win against Sacred Heart on Oct. 7. The last time Minnesota got seven goals in an NCAA Tournament game was against Ferris State in a 7-4 victory on Mar. 29, 2003.

Also of Note...
The Gophers improved to 7-1-0 in their alternate white home sweaters on the season. They are now 16-3-0 when leading after one period and 19-2-0 when leading after 40 minutes. Minnesota has a Saturday record of 16-3-1 and are 9-3-1 coming off a loss. The Gophers improved to 2-2-0 against teams from Hockey East and 5-4-1 against non-conference opponents.

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