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Special weekend leads to Gopher weekend sweep as Minnesota wins 4-2 on Saturday

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It was Christian Frey versus Adam Wilcox in the nets as Ohio State took on Minnesota on Hockey Day Minnesota indoors at Mariucci Arena. Ohio State looked for a split while Minnesota was looking to sweep.

The first three minutes of the second period produced much of the play in Minnesota’s offensive end, but with only one shot on goal to show for all of that effort. Minnesota’s Christian Isackson came closest to scoring just after that time frame as he rang the bell, hitting the post with his one-time blast.

Through 5:30, shots on goal favored Minnesota 5-1, but those don’t include two crossbars that Minnesota hit. The first penalty of the game went to Ohio State at 5:31 as Josh Healey went to the box for holding, giving Minnesota its first power play of the game.

On the ensuing man advantage, Minnesota had one decent chance from the high slot taken by Travis Boyd to no avail. As the first ten minutes drifted to a close, Shots were 11-3 to Minnesota. Ohio State’s Nick Oddo scored the game’s first goal on even strength at 10:35 from Justin Dasilva and David Gust.

Minnesota took its first penalty of the game at the 13:55 mark when Brady Skjei took a cross checking minor. Ohio State’s power play was effective, scoring twenty-one seconds later at 14:16. Drew Brevig scored his second goal of the season. Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz had assists.

At 14:40, Minnesota’s Sam Warning scored on even strength with assists going to Mike Reilly and Nate Condon. It’s as though Warning was saying “anything you can do, I can do better.”

At 16:44, Ohio State’s Tyler Lundey took a boarding penalty, giving Minnesota its second power play of the game. The Gophers however couldn’t convert, and as the first period drew to a close, shots were 16-7 to Minnesota. Minnesota scored the first goal of the second period at 1:34 as Sam Warning pocketed goal number two on the night. Nate Condon and Justin Kloos assisted. Shots were 18-9 as the first five minutes of period two elapsed, and the momentum was clearly back on the side of the home team.

Minnesota drew a tripping penalty at 5:30 when Adam Wilcox drew the Buckeye down to the ice. At 7:24, Ohio State’s Max McCormick would go for high sticking, which gave Minnesota a 1:54 power play. On said power play, Sam Warning notched a hat trick when he put the biscuit where it deserved to go. Hudson Fasching and Mike Reilly assisted Warning on what the kids call a “hatty.” The last natural hat trick before Warning’s was by Jay Barriball in October of 2010.

As 30:00 passed, shots on goal favored Minnesota 21-12. Shortly thereafter, at 11:31, Minnesota’s Michael Brodzinski gave OSU its third power play on a roughing minor. Needless to say, Ohio State didn’t have the necessary firepower to convert.

As the second period came to an end, shots on goal favored Minnesota 23-22.

The first four minutes of period three saw a combined three shots, but Ohio State was still on the back end. The first TV timeout shortly after the five minute mark came and went without a penalty or goal on the board, and the game had the feeling that the scoring was not done yet.

At 7:13, and unassisted, Minnesota’s Seth Ambroz scored his tenth goal of the season making the score 4-2. Ohio State couldn't retaliate immediately and as twelve minutes in the period passed, OSU was getting out shot 30-26.

As the game ended, shots on goal favored Minnesota 32-27. Power plays had each team at 1-3.

Minnesota next sees action in the North Star Cup on Friday at 7pm vs. St. Cloud State.

A full score sheet can be found here.

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 @Disch_InTheVOX. Check it out!

Until next time, I'll see you at the rink!

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