Minnesota downs Nebraska-Omaha in overtime

Jake Parenteau scored his first goal of the season to lift the Gophers to victory.

Defenseman Nate Schmidt clears the puck out of the Minnesota zone Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.  The Gophers swept Bemidji State with a 3-0 win Friday night and a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Satchell Mische-Richter

Defenseman Nate Schmidt clears the puck out of the Minnesota zone Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers swept Bemidji State with a 3-0 win Friday night and a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Dane Mizutani

OMAHA, Neb. — Jake Parenteau picked a good time for his first goal of the season.

Parenteau fired a slapshot near the blue line in overtime that found the nylon and lifted the Gophers to a 3-2 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Friday in Omaha.

No. 6 Minnesota (22-11-1, 18-7-0 WCHA) took an early one-goal lead 5:53 into the game when Sam Warning handled a pass from Nate Schmidt and burst into the Mavericks zone en route to his fifth goal of the season.

Warning rocketed a wrist shot from the left of the slot and beat goaltender Ryan Massa to make it 1-0.

It was Warning’s fifth goal of the season and Schmidt’s team-leading 28th assist.

Minnesota didn’t take a single penalty last Friday, but this week Erik Haula took two penalties in the first period alone.

The Gophers were called for five penalties on the night and Nebraska-Omaha (14-13-6, 11-9-5 WCHA) made them pay.

Brock Montpetit evened the score on the power play midway through the second period.

Despite their power-play goal that tied the game, the Mavericks’ penalty kill seemed to be its best offense Friday.

Jayson Megna controlled the puck on a two-on-one breakaway and netted a shorthanded goal to give his team the lead. Megna’s goal came less than five minutes after Montpetit tied the game.

Nebraska-Omaha generated a plethora of odd-man rushes on its penalty kill, but Kent Patterson denied many of those chances.  

Patterson stood on his head all night to keep the Gophers in the game and recorded 16 total saves.

Nick Bjugstad sucked the life out of the CenturyLink Center with his goal at 4:17 into the third period.

Bjugstad deked a Nebraska-Omaha defender and slid the puck five-hole on Massa to make it 2-2.

Neither the Gophers nor the Mavericks found the net the rest of the period and the game went into overtime.

Parenteau’s goal in overtime kept Minnesota two points ahead of Minnesota-Duluth, which won in overtime Friday, in the WCHA standings.