Gophers take down Seawolves 6-0 in season opener

Sophomore goaltender and Anchorage native Eric Schierhorn earned a 14-save shutout Friday while two forwards scored twice each.

Gophers defense Jake Bischoff maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Dec. 5, 2015.

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Gophers defense Jake Bischoff maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Dec. 5, 2015.

Drew Cove

The Minnesota Gophers beat the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 6-0 on Friday night, and sophomore goalie Eric Schierhorn tallied a 14-save shutout in front of a home crowd.

Schierhorn, an Anchorage native, hadn’t played a game in Anchorage since middle school and came out on top in his homecoming.

Sophomore forward Brent Gates Jr. and senior defenseman and alternate captain Jake Bischoff both scored two goals in the game, while sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy and redshirt senior alternate captain Connor Reilly both notched three assists each.

The other two goal scorers were freshmen forward Rem Pitlick and freshman defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf, collegiate firsts for both.

Despite letting in six shots, junior Olivier Mantha stood tall in net for the Seawolves. Mantha faced 39 shots from Minnesota, and saved 33 of them to keep the score down.

Minnesota plays at Sullivan Arena again Sunday night at 7 p.m. against Alaska-Fairbanks.