Minnesota and North Dakota enter this weekend on the doorstep of closure. 2013 will be the last time the Gophers and UND play for a while, seeing as Minnesota moves to the Big Ten later this fall. Let’s take you inside the numbers for a final time, of sorts.
14: In two hundred and eighty-eight games overall played by the two schools, only fourteen have ended in ties. The last ten games have all produced a winner, with Minnesota winning six times.
2: The last time that the series was held in Minneapolis (note: not counting St. Paul games intentionally), the Gophers swept North Dakota on November 4th and 5th, 2011. What were the scores? They were 2-0 and 3-2 respectively.
124: Minnesota’s junior class leads the way for the Gophers in the most points by class category. The nine juniors have accounted for forty-four goals and eighty assists.
40: Minnesota has forty more successful penalty kills than the Gophers have successful power play tallies. Minnesota’s 67-74 PK output puts them at a .906, which is tied for 6th in the nation with Union.
9: In nine games (of thirteen played) where Sam Warning has scored, Minnesota has an 8-1-0 record.
1.65: Adam Wilcox’s 1.65 goals against average is a giant number; in fact, so giant that it ranks him fifth in the nation and the best in the WCHA.
139: North Dakota’s Danny Kristo leads active career scoring leaders in NCAA Division I with his one hundred and thirty-nine points. He also has eleven career points versus Minnesota.
7: Seven is also a very lucky number for Kristo, who has a goal in each of his last seven games played. The seven game streak is the longest of his career.
Geoff Discher is Examiner.com's Minnesota Golden Gophers Hockey Examiner as well as the National College Hockey Examiner. Leave a comment below, or feel free to reach him at Disch61@hotmail.com with comments, story ideas, or any general talk surrounding college hockey. You can find him on Facebook as well by clicking here as well as here and joining the conversation from the social media side as well. He's always chock full of fact and opinion. I’m also on Twitter @GophHkyExmnr. Check it out!
Until next time, I'll see you at the rink!