Gophers snap skid, tie 2-2 in OT

Not even two goals from MinnesotaâÄôs top line could help the team pick up its first win in nearly a month Friday night as the Gophers skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Alaska Anchorage. Ryan Stoa and Jordan Schroeder each tallied two points and Jay Barriball recorded his eighth goal of the season, but it wasnâÄôt enough to give Minnesota some breathing room in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. Seawolves netminder Bryce Christianson stopped all but two of the 36 shots he faced in the game although Gophers blue liner David Fischer gave his team some unwanted credit for helping Christianson earn the gameâÄôs first star. âÄúWeâÄôre making a lot of goalies look pretty darn good here the last few weeks,âÄù Fischer said. The Gophers (12-9-6 overall, 9-8-4 WCHA) managed to take the lead twice on Friday night âÄì the first time Minnesota played with the lead since an 8-6 shootout with St. Cloud State on Jan. 17. Schroeder set up a streaking Barriball 5:11 into the game only to lose the lead with two seconds to play in the second period. Then Justin Bostrom put a pass off of SchroederâÄôs skate to make it 2-1 less than a minute into the third. But again, the Seawolves (10-12-4, 7-11-5) were able to reel the themselves back into contention. ItâÄôs not that the Gophers didnâÄôt have chances to break the game open. They had countless. âÄúOffensively, we certainly created a lot,âÄù Gophers coach Don Lucia said. âÄúWe have to do a better job of finishingâĦwe have to score more goals.âÄù Perhaps no scoring chance was more consequential than BarriballâÄôs spinning shot in overtime, which was smothered by Christianson. âÄúI thought if I just turned around quick and got it on net that it would be a goal,âÄù Barriball said. âÄúHe sprawled out a made a good save.âÄù The tie leaves Minnesota searching for a way to win tomorrow night âÄì something Minnesota hasnâÄôt done in its last five games. âÄúItâÄôs frustrating as it gets I think,âÄù Barriball said. âÄúWeâÄôve just got to find a way to win. Good teams âÄì they find a way to win no matter what type of game they play.âÄù