Men’s Hockey: Gophers sweep with 2-1 win

by Brian Deutsch

UPDATE: The Gophers held on again tonight to beat SCSU 2-1. Jay Barriball, the Gophers top returning scorer with all of six goals last season, made it 2-0 when he scored his first goal of the season at the 3:26 mark of the third period. A lot like Carman’s GW last night, Barriball was just getting out of the penalty box when his chance came. Jordan Schroeder fed him the puck from the back of the net, a move that again drew Weslosky out of position. Schroeder’s pass bounced off Barriball’s skate, but then the junior showed discipline by waiting for the puck to come to him, before putting an attempt on net. Drew Leblanc ended Kangas’ bid for a first career shutout during a Huskies PP opportunity when he knocked in a rebound for his first goal of the year at the 6:44 mark. Under a minute later, a rebound off of Weslosky went off of Stoa’s knee and in. The goal was reviewed and waved off (my guess is Stoa was either in the crease or the refs determined he moved his leg to score). After the game, a little scuffle broke out between the players, Mike Carman looked like he lost his helment and was throwing a couple punches. Attendance for tonight was 10,124. Minnesota outshot the Huskies 30-28. Check in later for an online article. Not much to report other than the Gophers were able to hold SCSU to only six shots on goal in the second period. Even penalties were rare with a pair going agains St. Cloud. Mike Hoeffel thought he made it 2-0 with about 15 seconds left when his wide shot somehow knocked Weslosky’s water bottle off the net. Hoeffel raised his hands in celebration but then puck was still in play and time soon expired. In other news, men’s cross country runner Hassan Mead set a new school record for the 8K at today’s Pre-NCAA Meet in Indiana. Mead crossed the line at 23:33.1 for a third place finish in the event. The Gophers placed fifth at the meet while the women’s team – competing at the same meet – finished third. The Gophers have to be glad to have Mike Carman in the lineup for the entire year. After knocking home the game-winner last night at the National Hockey Center, Carman put Minny up 1-0 tonight at Mariucci with a power-play goal at the 10:36 mark. The junior forward ripped a shot over Jase Weslosky’s left shoulder from the left face-off circle for his second goal and third point of the season. Tempers are a little high on the ice as nine penalties have been called in the game’s first 20 minutes, what has impressed me so far is Brian Schack. Schack hasn’t played a lot in his first two seasons with the Gophers, but he’s trying to earn a spot this year. With Stu Bickel leaving after last year, the team needs a physical blue-liner and at 6-2, 225 lbs. (MN’s biggest player) Shack could be that player. He’s pleading his case with Lucia by showing some muscle on the penalty kill. In one opportunity for the Huskies, Schack put two players on the ice. Both teams are even in shots with 12 apiece, the score could and very well should be higher, but both Kangas and Weslosky are playing pretty tight in the creas. It will be interesting how both teams come out tonight after last night’s 3-2 win for the Gophers. Minnesota outskated the Huskies early last night and used the jump to hold its opponents off. I’d expect SCSU to come out with a little more fire tonight. Another thing that caught my attention after the game was how Minnesota didn’t slow down like I expected them to. Last week against British Columbia, the Gophers looked worn out after the first two periods. As for last night, I have to think Minnesota was able to kick it up an extra gear since they were playing much better competition. Interesting pre-game news, David Fischer is out tonight with an undisclosed injury. Coach Lucia isn’t saying what the injury is only that Fischer is day-to-day. Sam Lofquist, who will make his first start for the Gophers, will fill in on defense with Fischer’s linemate Cade Fairchild. Here are Minnesota’s lines for tongiht (the same as last night except for Fischer): Stoa-Schroeder-Barriball Lucia-Carman-Flynn Hoeffel-Sacchetti-White Hansen-Matson-Bostrom Fairchild-Lofquist Ness-Anderson Wehrs-Schack Kangas in net.