Getting ready for your final home regular season series shouldn’t be too difficult, but especially since Bemidji State is the opponent, and Minnesota’s transitioning to the Big Ten next year, the first and only series with the Beavers will have importance. Let’s take you inside the numbers.
6: The number of wins for the Beavers in 2012-13, with five of those six wins coming in WCHA play.
10: In twelve games played versus Bemidji State, Minnesota has ten wins, a loss, and a tie. Minnesota has won three of the last five games, and eight of the last ten.
10: We’ll repeat the use of the number ten, and give it more Gopher meaning. In the last three Gopher wins, Minnesota has outscored Bemidji State 10-3. Two of those meetings came when the Beavers and Gophers did battle in Minneapolis in February 2012.
5: All but five Gopher skaters have recorded a point in their careers versus Bemidji State. In thirteen combined games, Travis Boyd, Sam Warning, Jake Parenteau, Tom Serratore, and Justin Holl are without a point.
29: Minnesota’s Nate Schmidt ranks in a tie for third nationally in points, with the defenseman owning twenty-nine points. RIT’s Chris Saracino is level third with Schmidt
8: With eight goals on power plays, Minnesota’s Nick Bjugstad is tied for fifth nationally. Michael Colaveccia of RIT also has eight goals, with St. Lawrence’s Greg Carey leading all scorers with twelve on the power play.
3: With three shorthanded goals this season, Minnesota is struggling to produce while down a man. The Gophers sit in a seven way tie for 31st in the country, and two of 2013-14’s Big Ten schools are involved in that tie (Michigan State and Penn State).
1: Minnesota has the top rated offense in the country, scoring one hundred twenty-two goals, and scoring just over 3.5 goals per contest.
.721: Minnesota’s 72.1% winning percentage mark sits the Gophers second in the country behind the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
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