Mike Reilly tallied his seventh goal and 11th point of the season - both lead all Big Ten defensemen - for the eventual game winner.
Minnesota scored four times in an 8:06 span in the first en route to their fifth win of the season
The Gophers (25-7-5 overall) improved to 22-1-1 this season when the sophomore tallies a point with the forward factoring into both of Minnesota's goals on Friday.
Five Gophers recorded multi-point games as Minnesota (24-7-5 overall, 16-7-5 WCHA) earned its fourth regular-season championship in eight years and a share of its second-straight MacNaughton Cup.
Nick Bjugstad tallied a pair of power-play goals including the game winner as the nation's top power play went 2-for-4 on the night.
Top-ranked Minnesota defeated Minnesota, 4-1, at Mariucci Arena.
The Golden Gophers defeated Michigan State, 5-1, in the season opener.
Minnesota blanked Lethbridge, 7-0, behind Christian Isackson's hat trick.
Men's Hockey Action
2012-13 Sophomore Season:Appeared in all 40 games this season for the Gophers recorded 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) this season after being held without a point as a freshman recorded his first goal as a Gopher in a 5-1 victory over the Spartans of Michigan State (10-12) recorded a pair of assists against the Spartans (10-13) tallied his second goal of the season to give the Gophers the lead against Nebraska Omaha (11/30) assisted on Ryan Reilly's first collegiate goal in the second period off a Mariucci Classic game vs. Air Force (12/29) collected a point for the second-straight day to help the Gophers past the Eagles of Boston College to the Mariucci Classic title (12/30) extended his point streak to three games with a goal against Notre Dame (1/8) tallied a point for the fourth-straight game with an assist against Alaska Anchorage (1/11) recorded the secondary assist on Jake Parenteau's first goal of the season against North Dakota (1/19) recorded an assist on Seth Ambroz's goal during the Hockey City Classic in Chicago (2/17) recorded the primary assist on a Nick Bjugstad power-play goal at Bemidji State (3/8) notched a two-point night, with a goal and an assist, in a 5-1 victory at Bemidji State to close out the regular season (3/9) assisted on Kyle Rau's game-winning goal in game one of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/15).
2011-12 Freshman Season: Skated in 11 games made his collegiate debut against Sacred Heart (10/8) won eight of 10 faceoffs at St. Cloud State (1/28).
International: Played on the U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Piestany, Slovakia shared the team lead in scoring with Gopher teammate Sam Warning by putting up two goals and two assists in three games led team with a +5 rating played in four games and recorded an assist for the second-place U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2008 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia.
High School: Spent 2010-11 playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL played under head coach Kevin Hartzell on the same team as fellow Gopher Kyle Rau (Rau joined the team after the high school season ended) led the Stampede in scoring during the regular season with 44 points played prep hockey for St. Thomas Academy under Greg Vannelli and former Gopher Tom Vannelli was a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award and was a first team all-state selection in 2009-10 honorable mention for the all-state hockey team in 2008-09 three-time All-Classic Suburban Conference selection helped lead Cadets to a Class A state championship in 2007-08 Star Tribune Prep Athlete of the Week for the week of 3/11/08 and Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week for the week of 12/15/09 drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.
Personal: Major is undeclared hobbies include wakeboarding and golfing most memorable sports thrill was winning the Class A Minnesota High School State tournament son of Tracy Isackson born January 20, 1992.