First Intermission: UNO 1-2 Minnesota

6:05: UNO 1-0 UM – Brent Gwidt 6 from Dominic Zombo 1 and Andrew Schmit 1
6:46: UNO 1-1 UM – Mark Alt 5 from Nick Bjugstad 15 and Nate Schmidt 29
9:20: UNO 1-2 UM (PPG) – Kyle Rau 15 from Erik Haula 22 and Nate Schmidt 30

4:22: UNO – Kyle Ensign – 2 min. for Tripping
6:29: UNO – Joe Krause – 2 min. for Roughing
6:29: UM – Jake Hansen – 2 min. for Roughing
8:20: UNO – Michael Young – 2 min. for Cross-Checking
15:25: UNO – Tony Turgeon – 2 min. for Hooking

UNO 11-9 UM

UN0 0-for-3; UM 1-for-3

Michigan Tech 2-1 St. Cloud State (3rd)
Minnesota Duluth 1-0 Colorado College (1st)
Bemidji State 1-0 Wisconsin (2nd)

With its chances of clinching home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs hanging in the balance, the Mavericks needed to start Saturday’s game well, and they did.

Things were looking good for the hosts in the game’s opening throes, and UNO made its early superiority count. Maverick forward Brent Gwidt did the honors, beating Gopher goaltender Kent Patterson low from in close 6:05 into the game.

Not long after Gwidt’s opener, though, Minnesota took over.

Just 41 seconds after UNO took its lead, the Gophers equalized. Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt was credited with the goal, backhanding a shot past UNO goalie Ryan Massa from the left circle.

Minnesota took a lead of its own at 9:20 of the first period, with Kyle Rau beating Massa for the freshman forward’s 15th goal of the season.

That goal signaled the end of Massa’s night in the Maverick net, with UNO head coach Dean Blais opting to pull the freshman in favor of veteran backup netminder John Faulkner.


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