Oct. 5, 2013
The Minnesota men's hockey team opened its 2013-14 season with a 5-1 win over Lethbridge at Mariucci Arena Saturday night. Hudson Fasching, Travis Boyd, and Ben Marshall had two points apiece in the win.
The Gophers came out of the gate strong in the first period and dominated the time of possession in the offensive zone, but only had a one-goal lead to show for it.
Newcomer Fasching opened the scoring 6:29 into the frame by burying a Kyle Rau rebound. Marshall set up the play to earn the secondary assist. The Gophers registered 21 shots on goal, but UL netminder Dylan Tait turned away 20 of them keep the score tight
Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped all four Pronghorn shots he faced before being replaced by Mike Shibrowkski to begin the second.
Lethbridge pulled even 7:50 into the middle stanza. Four seconds and Tom Serratore was whistled down for an interference penalty UL's Guillaume Naud put home a David McMullen rebound to make it 1-1.
With 5:05 to go in the period, Minnesota pulled ahead for good when Boyd walked in on a four-on-three power play and picked the top right corner with a snapshot to make it 2-1. With 56 seconds to play, Michael Brodzinski cushioned the lead with a shot that banked in off a Pronghorn defenseman.
Two players from each team, Marshall and Connor Reilly from Minnesota and Cason Machacek and Hayden Rintoul from Lethbridge, were assessed game misconducts in the final five minutes of the frame.
In the final period, Minnesota made it 4-1 when freshman Justin Kloos found fellow newcomer Taylor Cammarata in slot. Cammarata slipped a shot inside the right post to add to the Gophers' lead with 13:11 to play.
With 5:47 left in the contest, Shibrowski was replace in net by sophomore Ryan Coyne, who stopped the only shot he faced. Shibrowski finished with six saves.
Ryan Reilly capped the scoring with 3:02 to play. The final shots were 46-12 in favor of Minnesota.
The Gophers open regular season play next Friday against Mercyhurst in the first game of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena. New Hampshire and Clarkson round out the tournament field.
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