In a Saturday night hockey game that saw RPI take on Minnesota, and Scott Diebold take on Adam Wilcox in the nets, Minnesota got help when it needed it most.
Let's start in the first period. RPI got on the board first at 15:57 as Brock Higgs scored a shorthanded goal (his thirteenth of the year) off an assist from Zach Schroeder (his seventh). The goal came off a penalty to RPI for holding at 14:14. Three minutes plus later, Minnesota answered at 19:17. Connor Reilly netted his fourth goal of the year on even strength from assists by Justin Holl and Vinni Lettieri. Shots on goal finished 15-6 in the period to the Gophers.
Three goals came in each of the final two periods, as the second period started scoring action at :21 in when Travis Boyd put the Gophers up 2-1 on his fifth goal which went unassisted. At 1:19, Minnesota went up 3-1 when Kyle Rau notched his fourth goal of the season with help by Ben Marshall. Justin Kloos scored the final goal of the middle frame at 6:49 when he lit the lamp on even strength and had assists from Ben Marshall and Sam Warning. Marshall's assist was his second of the period and the game. Shots through forty minutes favored Minnesota 36-13.
RPI's final goal of the game came at 6:57 in the third as Matt Neal notched his eighth goal of the year from Parker Reno and Curtis Leonard, who assisted on the even strength twine-tickler. After an interference penalty to RPI at 10:50, Kyle Rau scored goal number five at 11:18 as Taylor Cammarata and Travis Boyd lent help on the power play. The game's final goal went to Minnesota's Seth Ambroz on an empty net, as Travis Boyd completed a three point night with an assist. Attached is the official scoresheet from the game.
Shots on goal finished 44-20 in Minnesota's favor. The Gophers next play a game on January 12-13 as they travel to Pegula Ice Arena in Happy Valley to take on Penn State.
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