SAINT PAUL, Minn. (GopherSports.com) - The No. 6 Gopher Hockey program scored four goals on the nation's top defense and Eric Schierhorn picked up his fourth shutout of the season as Minnesota topped No. 20 Bemidji State 4-0 in the North Star College Cup third-place game at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota picked up goals from Leon Bristedt, Ryan Norman, Taylor Cammarata and Justin Kloos while Schierhorn made 25 saves to secure the win and move to 15-7-2 on the year. The Gophers were led by multi-point performances from Cammarata (one goal, one assists) and Vinni Lettieri (two assists).
After a scoreless first, the Gophers (15-7-2 overall, 6-2-0-0 Big Ten) needed just 45 seconds to get on the scoreboard in the second period. Bristedt gathered a wide attempt from Lettieri and flipped it home for his eighth goal of the year. Lettieri and Cammarata picked up assists on the goal.
Minnesota added to the lead with three goals in the third period including Norman's third of the year at 7:44. The sophomore forward was fed for a near point blank, one-timer blast from behind the net by Darian Romanko while Ryan Lindgren also picked up an assist. Later in the stanza, Cammarata snapped a three-month goal drought with his second tally of the season on a Gophers power play at 14:36. Brent Gates Jr. set up the goal while Lettieri added his second assist of the night. A night after seeing his eight-game point streak snapped, Justin Kloos got back on the board with an empty-net tally at 17:18 while Tyler Sheehy picked up an assist to increase his Big Ten-leading point total to 33 on the year.
Of note for the Maroon & Gold, Bristedt has 11 points in the last nine games while Lettieri has 15 points in the last 14 contests. With a third period assist, Gates has a point in four-straight games (five points during the stretch) - a new career long streak for the sophomore who has already set new career highs with 11 goals and 15 points this season.
The Gophers outshot Bemidji State 30-25 in the win while the penalty kill went 6-for-6 on the night and the power play was 1-for-5.
Minnesota returns to Big Ten action next weekend with a two-game series against Penn State at Mariucci Arena.
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