Quick thoughts of Omaha's 3-2 victory over the Gophers on Friday night.
Mavericks are Comfortable at Mariucci
After tonight's victory, the Omaha Mavericks are now 3-0 all-time against the Gophers at Mariucci Arena. Their previous two victories came at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Those games were the Mavericks first two games in the WCHA. That weekend they came in and beat the Gophers by scores of 5-4 and 4-2. Tonight was the Gophers first loss at Mariucci Arena since March 2nd of last season when they fell to Wisconsin.
Sophomore forward Sam Warning was in the lineup tonight for the first time since the Gophers' trip to Michigan Tech. He wasted little time making his presence felt when he backhanded a beautiful pass out to Zach Budish for the Gophers' first goal of the game. Warning had been out with an undisclosed injury, tonight he was back on a line with Erik Haula and Zach Budish. It was Sam's first point since the second game of the season against Michigan State.
Christian Isackson broke a first period tie with his second goal of the season. He took a pass from Nick Bjugstad and wasted little time in putting the puck behind Omaha goaltender Justin Faulkner. Isackson scored his first goal of the season on opening night against Michigan State. In the 12 games between the contest with the Spartans and tonight's contest with the Mavericks, Christian posted six assists.
Omaha's Second and Third
The teams entered the final stanza knotted at two goals apiece. The Mavericks got the only goal of the period when Jaycob Megna scored his first goal of the season on a power play. The Mavericks would also get the only goal of the third period. After a Minnesota turnover, the Mavericks used crisp passing to find Josh Archibald all alone in front of the net. He made no mistake, roofing the puck over Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox for the game-winning goal. Josh Archibald had a goal and two assists to lead the Mavericks tonight.
Minnesota Needed More
The Gophers were simply unable to create enough chances in key parts of the game. After managing just four shots in the second period, they needed a late floury to get seven shots off in the third period. The Gophers had opportunities on the power play, but struggled to maintain pressure in the offensive zone during them. A last-ditch effort with an empty net came up short as Omaha did a good job giving up the body and tying up the puck along the boards. The Gopher will get another crack at the Mavericks tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports North.
Written by University of Minnesota Intern Josh Brennock