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Nov. 24, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. – A night after tallying his first career assist in a 5-1 win for the Gophers, rookie forward A.J. Michaelson netted his first career goal – the eventual game winner -- on Saturday as the No. 4 Minnesota men’s hockey team swept Vermont with a 3-1 win at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
For the second night in a row, the Gophers (9-2-2 overall, 4-2-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) benefitted from a big second period – this time netting a pair of quick goals in the second stanza with Michaelson’s goal following the game opener from Tom Serratore.
Ben Marshall snapped a four-game point drought, and Minnesota improved to 9-0-0 this season when Kyle Rau earns a point as the duo each earned assists on Serratore’s third of the year at 2:49 of the second. Rau set up the scoring play down low in the corner, finding Marshall before the sophomore defenseman made a swift backhand pass to Serratore in front of the crease.
Michaelson’s game winner came just 1:10 later at 3:59 of the second with Travis Boyd picking up his second assist of the weekend and Helgeson later being credited with his third assist of the year.
Vermont added pressure in the third and made it a one-goal game when Jacob Fallon scored a four-on-four goal at 4:15, but Nate Condon and the Gophers would outlast the Hockey East opponent with Condon adding an empty netter with 54 seconds left in regulation.
Adam Wilcox picked up the win as Minnesota improved its unbeaten streak to six games. The rookie netminder made 26 saves to improve to 8-1-2 on the season. Brody Hoffman took the loss for Vermont (2-7-2, 2-5-2 Hockey East). Minnesota, which went 0-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty, outshot the Catamounts 33-27.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend at Mariucci Arena, hosting Nebraska-Omaha in a pair of WCHA contests.
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