The Gophers bring a 15-game home unbeaten streak into the weekend - the longest active streak in the nation.
Kyle Rau became just the 49th player in school history to earn 125 career points.
Minnesota is 54-35 (.607) all-time in the NCAA tournament, now with 35 all-time appearances and 21 Frozen Four berths.
Thirteen Gophers tallied points in the win including six skaters with two points each.
The Gophers kick off the national tournament with the first-ever meeting against Robert Morris on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
International: Scored one goal in three games for Team USA's Under-18 Select Team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Piestany, Slovakia played in four games and recorded a shorthanded goal for the second-place U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2008 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia.
High School: Played for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL under head coach Bliss Littler in 2010-11 was a teammate of fellow Gopher freshman Seth Ambroz led Omaha defensemen in scoring with 33 points selected to the All-USHL Second Team, USHL All-Rookie Team, and USHL Western Conference Midseason All-Star team USHL CCM Defensive Player of the Week for the weeks of 12/6 and 3/7 played high school hockey for Mahtomedi under Jeff Poeschl led Zephyrs to two Class A State Tournament appearances earned first team all-state honors in 2010 received honorable mention for the AP Minnesota High School Hockey All-State Team in 2009 two-time All-Classic Suburban conference selection drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft played football for Mahtomedi.
Personal: Major is undeclared most memorable sports thrill was playing in the Minnesota High School State tournament son of Scott and Linda Marshall born August 30, 1992.