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Oct. 18, 2013
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Six different Gophers tallied goals on Friday night as the No. 3 University of Minnesota men's hockey team topped Bemidji State 6-3 in the nonconference series opener at Sanford Center.
Sam Warning led the Gophers with his second three-point night of the season to move into the Big Ten scoring lead while Hudson Fasching, Connor Reilly, Justin Kloos and Taylor Cammarata had two points each.
After Bemidji State took an early lead at 3:35 of the first period when Danny Mattson tallied a power-play goal, Minnesota (3-0-0) bounced back immediately with Travis Boyd's first goal of the season at 4:36. The tally snapped a 36-game goal drought for the junior and was set up by Connor Reilly (first collegiate point for the redshirt freshman) and Jake Parenteau.
Despite a pair of 5-on-3 power plays for Bemidji State in the first, the Gophers got out of the period with a 2-1 lead when Ben Marshall added his first goal of the season at 10:45 - a power-play goal with assists from Warning and Kloos. Minnesota ended the night 1-for-3 while on the advantage and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The two teams would trade goals in the second with Cory Ward tallying for the Beavers at 5:37 and Warning picking up his third goal of the season at 15:35 with helpers from Fasching and Michael Brodzinski. Fasching would make it 4-2 just 44 seconds into the third period with his second goal of the season when Warning and Kyle Rau set up the rookie. Fasching and Rau are now tied for third in the Big Ten scoring race while Fasching leads all league rookies with five points.
The Beavers (0-2-1) cut it to 4-3 later in the third with a power-play goal from Radoslav Illo, but senior Nate Condon would net his first goal of the year in timely fashion less than a minute later after being set up by Kloos and Cammarata (first career point for the rookie). Cammarata would also assist on Reilly's empty-net goal at 18:10 of the third that gave the redshirt freshman his first collegiate goal as the Gophers ended the night with a 6-3 win.
Adam Wilcox improved to 3-0-0 on the year with the win on Friday, making 18 saves on 21 shots. Andrew Walsh took the loss for Bemidji State, making 31 saves on 36 shots. Minnesota has now won eight-straight games against Bemidji State and is unbeaten in its last nine contests against the Beavers.
The Gophers close out this weekend's series in Bemidji on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT. The series finale will be broadcast on FOX Sports North PLUS as well as 1500 ESPN.
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