Instant Analysis: Minnesota 7, Michigan State 1

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Instant analysis of Minnesota's 7-1 win over Michigan State to complete a weekend sweep. 

Sweeping Start

Last season, the Gophers completed eight sweeps in the regular season including four at Mariucci Arena. Tonight, in front of a rambunctious crowd, the Gophers picked up their first sweep of the season. The Gophers were a spirited team this weekend as they cruised to 5-1 and 7-1 victories over the Spartans. Minnesota's skill was on full display throughout the two games as they overwhelmed Michigan State offensively and didn't give up much to the Michigan State offense. 

Gophers Coming Out Fast

For the second-straight night the Gophers got off to a hot start. Last night, Marshall and Bjugstad tallied within the opening 6:40 of the game. Tonight, the Gophers did even better. Posting three goals in the opening 7:19. The Gophers' intensity to start the last two games has been really impressive. Give credit to the Gophers who were at full-throttle offensively with seven different players scoring a goal on the night.

Isackson Fits Right In

Many wondered at the start of last weekend's exhibition why Christian Isackson, who only played in 11 games last season, was on the top line with Bjugstad and Rau. Against the Spartans, he once again showed he belonged. He posted three points this weekend, including his first career goal. Christian also showed he had the speed and hockey smarts to combine nicely with his skilled linemates. This comes after a hat trick in the exhibition game against Lethbridge last week.

Wilcox Appears and Wins

Freshman Adam Wilcox got the win in his first collegiate game. He faced 11 shots and made ten saves. He was not tested often as the Gophers spent most of the game in the offensive end, but Adam was sharp early. His first stop of the game came when there was no lead to protect. He snared the puck out of the air with a flashy glove-hand. He rebounded nicely after getting run over in his crease at the end off the second period. With Wilcox and junior Michael Shibrowski, the Gophers netminding looks to be in good hands. They will get their first taste of life on the road in the WCHA when the Gophers visit Michigan Tech next weekend. 

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