Men’s Hockey: Gophers tie 2-2 in OT

Brian Deutsch

Update: Sorry to say, no goals either way. Christianson came up huge to stone a Jay Barriball spinning shot at the 2:55 mark, but that was about as close as it got. Check back later for the story. Third: Right out of the gate, Minnesota scored a controversial goal to retake the lead 2-1. Bostrom bounced a pass across the slot to Schroeder, who whiffed on the shot but had had the puck bounce off his skate and in. Initially, the goal was waved off when Christianson appeared to have gloved it, but upon review the puck clearly went over the goal line and that Schroeder did not move his skate to deflect the shot. But five minutes later, Minnesota found itself in familiar territory – lacking the lead despite scoring multiple goals. Clark found Crowder wide open in front of the crease, where the 6-3 junior blasted a shot under Kangas after a penalty to Anderson. Gophers lead substantialy in shots 32-23 but that doesn’t translate to goals. Rundown: 0:59 Minn goal, Schroeder (11) from Bostrom (3) and Stoa (18). 4:05 Minn pen, Anderson for interference. 5:53 UAA PP goal, Crowder (10) from Clark (13) and Robinson (7). 9:48 UAA pen, Haddad for high sticking. Second: Ryan Stoa, who should have gotten sent to the box for throwing a random punch in front of the Seawolves net earlier in the period, wasted a perfectly good power-play opportunity when he was called for tripping seven seconds after UAA’s Backstrom went to the box. Sacchetti joined Stoa 19 seconds later to put the Gophers down a man. I was just about to say Alex Kangas has played pretty much perfect tonight when the sophomore made his first real mistake of the game…it cost him. With less than two seconds to go, Kangas kicked a rebound right in front of the net where Haddad snuck the puck around a scrum and in for his second career goal. Minnesota leads in shots 21-15 after giving up just three shots in the first period. Rundown: 2:52 Minn pen, Barriball for hooking. 7:23 UAA pen, Backstrom for elbowing. 7:30 Minn pen, Stoa for tripping. 7:49 Minn pen, Sacchetti for interference. 12:09 UAA pen, Crowder for hooking. 18:11 coincidental penalties, Hoeffel and Backstrom for roughing. 19:58 UAA goal, Haddad (2) from Leinweber (9) and Hunt (4). 19:58 coincidental penalties, Barriball and Clark for unsportsmanlike conduct. First: Wow, quick period. 30 minutes has to be the fastest period this year. It’s time to celebrate if you’re a Gophers fan. According to statistics, Minnesota’s got this one in the bag. The team is 10-0-2 when scoring first this season. The last four games? Minnesota hasn’t led at any point. The Gophers top line struck gold early in the game when Jay Barriball tapped in his first goal since the team’s 8-6 win over St. Cloud State on Jan. 17. Barriball also tallied a pair of assists that game. During a UAA penalty, Schroeder found Barriball, who already has two more goals than he had all of last season, streaking towards the net on the far side at 5:11. Nico Sacchetti almost made it a two-goal game seconds later, but his shot was smothered by Christianson in net. In the first eight minutes of the game, I thought the Seawolves passing was poor at best, but they seemed to step it up during Anderson’s delayed penalty. UAA held onto the puck for nearly a minute without turning it over and Nils Backstrom highlighted the stretch when he popped a shot off the pipe that nearly tied the game. Barriball is coming alive tonight. He’s had two more chances since his goal and drew the penalty on Crowder. If there’s one bad thing I’ve seen so far it’s that the Gophers might be trying too hard. They’re trying to make things look too pretty. Barriball’s probably been the most visible at this. He’s had at least two opportunities, not great ones mind you, to put the puck on the net but instead tried to make a fancy pass to a teammate. Schroeder set up Barriball with another great chance but Christianson made the save just as the period ended. Rundown: 4:08 UAA pen, Parkinson for tripping. 5:11 Minn PP goal, Barriball (8) from Schroeder (21) and Stoa (17). Found a streaking Jay Barriball on the far side of the net. 8:47 Minn pen, Anderson for interference. 13:05 UAA pen, Crowder for hooking. Pre-game: Mike Carman is out with a lower-extremity injury according to a spokesman for the team. Apparently, Carman was somehow injured in practice Thursday, which won’t help the Gophers any. Minnesota is 10-1-0 when Carman scores a point with the lone loss coming last Saturday against Wisconsin.

UAA leading goal scorer Tommy Grant is still sitting out tonight. The Star Tribune reported Grant already served his one game suspension as part of the team’s mass suspensions following the Denver series. The Denver Post is reporting the suspensions are due to many of the Seawolves missing curfew following a 3-2 OT win over the Pioneers two weeks ago.
Tonight’s Lineups:
Ryan Stoa-Jordan Schroeder-Jay Barriball
Mike Hoeffel-Patrick White-Jake Hansen
Tony Lucia-Nico Sacchetti-Ryan Flynn
Drew Fisher-Nick Larson-Justin Bostrom
Aaron Ness-David Fischer
Cade Fairchild-R.J. Anderson
Kevin Wehrs-Sam Lofquist
Kangas in goal with Patterson and Kremer backing up.
Scratches: Taylor Matson (knee), Mike Carman (lower body), Joe Miller (healthy), Brian Schack (healthy)
August Aiken-Paul Crowder-Tyler Moir
Josh Lunden-Craig Parkinson-Kevin Clark
Jade Portwood-Nick Haddad-Sean Wiles
Jeff Carlson-Shane Lovdahl-Ken Selby
Nils Backstrom-Mat Robinson
Trevor Hunt-Jared Tuton
Curtis Leinweber-Kane Lafranchise