Thoughts from the Gophers' 3-2 triumph over Minnesota State
Coming from Behind
There was a new wrinkle to a Gophers' victory tonight. Minnesota came from behind. It was the first time this season Minnesota won a game in which they trailed at any point of the contest. Zach Palmquist scored early on the power play for the Mavericks to give them the lead. The Gophers answered quickly with a power-play goal of their own as Travis Boyd lit the lamp for the third time this season. The Gophers fell behind in the second period as well, but a bullet from Nate Schmidt at center point leveled the score. Zach Budish would win the game in the third period.
Power Play a Plus
Minnesota notched all three of their goals with the extra man. They did so on just five chances. Coming into tonight, the Gophers had just three power play goals all season on 20 opportunities. Travis Boyd goal in the first period tied the game at one, and Nate Schmidt's blast in the second period squared the contest at two. The winning goal came off the stick of Zach Budish, who found his way to the net and was able to stick home another power-play goal. Budish's goal proved to be the game winner.
Zach Budish was reunited with his line mates from last year. Zach showed good energy tonight. The line, with Kyle Rau and Nick Bjugstad, spent much of the first period with pressure in the offensive zone and had good opportunities all night. Nick Bjugstad gave the Mavericks fits all night long with his size and ability to control the puck amidst contact. Budish scored his first goal of the season to secure the Gophers second WCHA victory of the campaign. Budish already had four assists on the season.
Great Start to the Third Period
Minnesota played like the No. 2-ranked team in the country at the beginning of the third period. The student section, which was vocal all night, had plenty to cheer about as the Gophers registered the first nine shots of the period. Among them was Zach Budish's game-winning goal on the power play. Minnesota State was able to get their legs later in the period, but the damage was already done as Adam Wilcox once again made a one-goal lead stand up.
Wilcox Stays Perfect
With the win tonight, freshman Adam Wilcox ran his career record to a perfect 4-0. He made 23 saves in the game en route to the victory. Adam dealt with shots that come in at odd speeds and angles. Wilcox now has a stingy goals against average of 1.32 and a save percentage of .930. The Gophers will tangle with the Mavericks tomorrow night in Mankato.
Written by Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock