Men’s Hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (10) Minnesota-Duluth

by Max Sanders

2:31 3rd-After pulling Kangas with three minutes left, Justin Fontaine capitalizes, netting the empty netter. GOPHERS 0; MINNESOTA-DULUTH 3. 11:33 3rd-Kevin Wehrs led a Gophers three-on-two, but Wehrs shot was stopped by Hjelle and the rebound went wide. Minnesota will be on the power play after Chad Huttel is called for slashing. 16:35 3rd-Another in a line of great saves by Hjelle. Jacob Cepis took the puck from Schroeder and skated all alone for the breakaway, but Hjelle made the great glove save of Cepis glove side shot. 2nd Intermission Re-Cap: Goals: Gophers 0; Minnesota-Duluth 2(Fontaine, Lamb {PP}) Shots on Goal: Gophers 8: Minnesota-Duluth 11 Penalties: Gophers 1; Minnesota-Duluth 1 Instant Analysis: While last night’s third period proved to be the breakout period, tonight’s second period was that such period for the Bulldogs. Minnesota-Duluth put two goals past Kangas; one coming on the power play, and now Don Lucia’s squad sits 20 minutes away from a weekend split. 00:00 2nd-The second period comes to an end, with Minnesota-Duluth putting two goals on the board. 5:28 2nd-Minnesota will be on its first power play of the night as the Bulldog’s Kyle Schmidt is called for holding. 10:17 2nd-The lead is pushed to 2. Minnesota-Duluth’s Brady Lamb fired a shot from the right circle that snuck past the defensemen and Kangas for the power play goal. GOPHERS 0; MINNESOTA-DULUTH 2. 11:31 2nd-Minnesota-Duluth will be on its fourth power play of the night as Jake Hansen is called for cross checking. 11:43 2nd-As usual, I spoke to soon. Jack Connolly made a nice move around a Gophers defenseman, and fired a shot on net from the left circle. Kangas stopped the puck but the rebound bounced right in front of the crease, where Mike Montgomery was there to bury the puck in the wide open net. GOPHERS 0; MINNESOTA-DULUTH 1. 12:10 2nd-Eight minutes into the second period, Minnesota-Duluth remains on the offensive but simply can’t find the net. The Bulldogs have fired shot after shot, but they all have fallen wide or high, not providing any real threat to Kangas as of yet. 18:15 2nd-Another great save early in the second period by Hjelle. Schroeder took an outlet pass for a breakaway and fired a shot low, but Hjelle made the outstretched glove save. 1st Intermission Re-Cap: Goals: Gophers 0; Minnesota-Duluth 0 Shots on Goal: Gophers 5; Minnesota-Duluth 14 Penalties: Gophers 3; Minnesota-Duluth 0 Instant Analysis: Both teams have come out knowing the importance of this game, as both teams are skating hard and firing smart shots on net. While Minnesota-Duluth has had three power play chances, the Gophers have put the best shots on net, with one shot hitting off the left pipe. The first goal will be huge for either team, as Kangas has looked shaky in net so far while on the opposite end Hjelle has made several outstanding saves. 00:00 1st-The first period comes to a close with Minnesota killing off yet another power play opportunity for the Bulldogs. 2:31 1st-Minnesota-Duluth will be on its third power play of the night after Zach Budish was called for holding. 3:09 1st-Furious action towards the end of the first period. Jordan Schroeder put a shot on net as Hjelle was falling down. The goaltender made an outstanding glove save just before he fell down. Just a minute later Schroeder skated across the slot and fired a wrister that hit the left pipe before bouncing out. 9:56 1st-Just 19 seconds into the power play, Minnesota-Duluth is called for Jordan Fulton goaltender interference, leaving play four-on-four. 10:15 1st-Halfway through the first, Minnesota is called for its second penalty of the night. Going to the box is Mike Carman, cited for high sticking. 14:22 1st-The penalty ends with a solid penalty kill by the Gophers. Both teams are skating hard tonight, evidence of how important this game is for both teams. Minnesota-Duluth has maintained the offensive attack so far, putting Kangas to the test early and often.

18:34 1st-Minnesota-Duluth will be on the power play, as Minnesota’s Cade Fairchild was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after knocking a loose stick across the ice.