Gophers Meet the Media: Minnesota State

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This week's edition of Gophers Meet the Media shines the spotlight on two players from out of state.

Erik Haula, from Pori, Finland, returned to the Gophers' lineup last weekend after missing three games with an injury. The junior picked up right where he left off in his first action of 2013, recording a goal and two assists while increasing his scoring streak to 16-straight games with a point. 

"I really worked hard to get back, and I tried to bring as much to the table as I could. It felt good knowing I could help the team," Haula said.

Haula moved from his usual center role to the wing playing alongside Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau. There are some mouth-watering possibilities the highly-skilled combination could deliver. 

"I would say we have the ability to be a pretty good line. But, it is not that easy to setup a new line and get it going right away," Haula said.

Expect to see Erik on the wing for another week or two.

Wisconsin native Nate Condon broke out against North Dakota last weekend registering five points in the two games. "I have finally been getting some shots to go in here and there. I think things are just clicking for me right now," Condon said

Condon filled the void at second-line center left by Erik Haula joining the top line. Condon joined forces with Zach Budish and fellow out-of-state player Sam Warning (Chesterfield, Mo.). The line has found some quick chemistry. 

"Sam is a real skilled guy. A real fast player who pushes the puck up and down the ice. Then, we have Zach who is going to muscle the puck and work in the corners. He creates a lot of space for Sam and I to work the puck around. It has been working great," Condon said.

This weekend the Gophers have a home-and-home with Minnesota State. Don't expect Minnesota to have a let down coming off an emotional weekend with North Dakota.

 "The last time we played against (Minnesota State) we split with them. I think the intensity is still there, especially since it is an in-state game. There is not really a let down when you can play a game like that," Condon said. Erik Haula expects a challenging series with the Mavericks "It is going to be a hard weekend. They always play us tough. We have to make sure we start well both nights." 

-Story by Minnesota Communication Intern Josh Brennock

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