Minnesota enters this weekend as the USCHO.com #1 team in the land, with forty-eight of fifty first place votes. Minnesota State is fourteenth in the poll this week, and the two teams get ready for a home and home series to air on Big Ten Network (Friday from Minneapolis) and Saturday (FOX Sports North PLUS from Mankato). Let’s take you inside some important series numbers.
1: When these two teams split a series back in the first part of November, Minnesota and Minnesota State each had differing styles of victory. Minnesota won 3-2 on November 2, with Minnesota State winning 5-3 the next night.
16: In twenty-two starts, Minnesota freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox has sixteen wins, compared to the twelve wins for Minnesota State goaltender Stephon Williams.
1.71: Adam Wilcox’s goals against average of 1.71 is good enough for sixth best in the nation, and it also puts him solidly in as the best in the WCHA.
1,166:25: The timeframe that Minnesota State goaltender Stephon Williams has seen in net over his twenty starts. That’s equivalent to just under nineteen and a half hours.
6: Minnesota State owns a 6-4-0 advantage over Minnesota in the last ten games between the schools. Minnesota leads 3-2-0 in games at Mariucci Arena.
7: Minnesota’s Seth Helgeson, at seven games, has the most experience of any current Gopher, but with only two points to show for it (both assists), don’t assume that experience is king.
5: Minnesota’s Nate Condon and Erik Haula each have five points in twelve combined games versus the Mavericks.
10: An appropriate number to leave the column with, ten is the number of goals Minnesota once scored in a game versus Minnesota State. A 10-3 win on January 17, 2004 saw Keith Ballard score twice, Thomas Vanek score twice, and current Gopher assistant Grant Potulny have a three point night.
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