First off, do you see what I did there? Three days after defeating the #2 team in the land, Minnesota takes familiar ice as the Seawolves of Alaska-Anchorage come to town. Friday’s 8pm start is slated for Big Ten Network while FOX Sports North Plus has Saturday’s 7pm start. Let’s take you inside the numbers.
55: Minnesota leads the all-time series between these two WCHA foes 55-19-8. The last meeting, on November 10th, ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
7: Seven is not so lucky for UAA head coach Dave Shyiak. Shyiak is 7-21-3 all-time versus the Gophers.
1: Alaska-Anchorage, in games played on Friday’s is like what Minnesota was a few years ago. They can’t win on Fridays, going 1-7-1.
3: Combined, UAA goaltenders Chris Kamal and Rob Gunderson have three wins versus the Gophers in ten starts. Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox will look to keep that crooked number intact.
5: Before the tie in the second game of the 2012-13 series in Anchorage, Minnesota had won the last five games. The Gophers outscored UAA 21-4 during this span.
2.70: In ten games played, UAA goaltender Rob Gunderson has a 2.70 goals against average. He’s made 224 saves and has a save percentage at .896 as well.
0.1: Between the two teams, the discrepancy between the average penalties per game is one-tenth of a penalty. UAA takes 4.9 penalties per game to Minnesota’s 4.8.
14: The last time Minnesota shut out its opponent was a 4-0 beating in Anchorage versus the Seawolves. Adam Wilcox started that game, and made fourteen saves.
1: Gopher forward Erik Haula, though injured, is still one point from the century mark in career points. Haula currently sits at ninety-nine points on thirty-five goals and sixty-four assists.
1.60: That’s a darn good number over to the left. Adam Wilcox thinks so, especially because that’s his goals against average in nineteen games played. The mark puts him sixth in the country, where Ohio State’s Brady Hjelle is #1 with a 1.42.
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Until next time, I'll see you at the rink!