Gophers Top SCSU in NSCC Opener

  1st 2nd 3rd F
St. Cloud State 0 1 0 1
Minnesota 1 2 1 4
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 Scoring Summary
First Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
MINN 8:58 Boyd (7) PPG Fasching
Second Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
SCSU 11:22 Brodzinski (12) Kossila
MINN 14:24 Condon (4) M. Reilly, Warning
MINN 18:14 Fasching (7) PPG Boyd, M. Reilly
Third Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
MINN 19:31 Ambroz (11) Marshall, Wilcox
 Goalies
  GA SVS
 Wilcox (MINN) - W 1 38
 Faragher (SCSU) - L 3 16
 Lindgren (SCSU - ND 0 9
 Team Statistics
  UM SCSU
 Shots on Goal 29 39
 Power Play 2-2 0-2
 Penalties 2-4 2-4
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Jan. 24, 2014

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ST. PAUL – Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox turned away a career-high 38 shots and four different Gophers scored as the top-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team downed No. 5 St. Cloud State, 4-1, in both teams’ first-ever North Star College Cup game at the Xcel Energy Center Friday night. Minnesota will take on Minnesota Duluth in the tournament championship game Saturday at 7 p.m.

The win improved Minnesota’s record to 18-2-3 and clinched the team’s fourth-consecutive winning season. UMD advanced to the final game with a 5-4 overtime victory against Minnesota State in the earlier semifinal matchup.

St. Cloud State came out of the gate fast in the first period, firing off six of the first seven shots, but a Kalle Kossila tripping penalty 8:51 into the game gave the Gophers a power play and it only took six seconds for the Maroon and Gold to capitalize. Hudson Fasching got the puck to Travis Boyd, who flipped the puck over SCSU netminder Ryan Faragher to make it 1-0.

Despite carrying a 16-9 shot advantage into the middle stanza, the Huskies trailed by a goal until the 8:58 mark when Jonny Brodzinski whacked home his own rebound to knot the score. It was St. Cloud State’s 23rd shot of the game.

Minnesota captain Nate Condon wasted little time helping his team regain the lead as he zipped a snap shot past Faragher from the top of the left circle just 3:02 later. With 1:46 left in the period, Fasching cleaned up a power-play rebound in front to pot his first goal since Nov. 16 and give the Gophers a 3-1 edge.

The Gophers scored on both of their power-play opportunities on the night and killed of both of the Huskies’ man advantage chances.

Freshman goaltender Charlie Lindgren replaced Faragher to start the third and he and Wilcox turned aside every shot they faced in the final frame before Seth Ambroz sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 28.8 seconds to play. Ambroz’ tally was his team-leading 11th of the season. Wilcox picked up an assist on the play.

Fasching, Boyd, and Mike Reilly each picked up two points on the night.

Following Saturday’s championship contest, the Gophers will resume Big Ten conference play with a series against Michigan State at Mariucci Arena before traveling to Wisconsin Feb. 6-7.