Minnesota returns from their one-week sabbatical to WCHA play and in-state rival St. Cloud State. The Huskies and Gophers did not play back in the fall, so it will be interesting to see how the series turns out. Let’s take you inside some numbers.
51: In ninety games played between the Huskies and Gophers, Minnesota has won fifty-one, lost twenty-seven, and tied twelve times. That’s .566, or a score you wouldn’t want to achieve on a written test.
3: In the last three meetings in St. Cloud, SCSU is 2-1-0. Want a fun fact about those three games? All three were decided by a goal.
105: SCSU’s Nick Jensen is what the Huskies call an iron man. Dating back to the 2010-11 season, Jensen has played in one hundred and five straight games.
38: Drew LeBlanc leads the Huskies in points with thirty-eight so far this season. What’s cool about it is that thirty of those points came when teammates asked for help. He delivered.
14: Of the seventeen Golden Gopher skaters with experience, all but three have recorded a point versus the Huskies. The three lonely boys are Seth Ambroz, Jared Larson, and Christian Isackson. Larson and Isackson have each played in one game.
15: The number of goals scored in the last game that a Gopher scored four goals in. Ryan “Please don’t call me Grant” Potulny scored four goals on March 17, 2006 in an 8-7 loss versus St Cloud State of all teams.
.248: Minnesota’s 24.8% power play percentage ranks them third in the country behind RIT and Union. St Cloud State’s .179 mark puts the Huskies at 21st best in the nation.
83.5: St Cloud State has a penalty killing percentage of 83.5% so far in 2012-13. That stellar percentage (better than four of five successful) only puts the home team in a tie for twenty-sixth best nationally. New Hampshire leads the pack with a .928 penalty kill.
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