The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Bemidji State Beavers enter the 2013 WCHA first-round playoffs having played the weekend before to wrap up the regular season. As we all prepare for playoff hockey, let’s give you more numbers that you’ll need to know. Most are from last weekend's series.
3: The potential number of games in a WCHA first round series. Sunday’s game three is an “if necessary,” and would start at 7pm from Mariucci Arena. All games in the WCHA this weekend are scheduled for 7pm local starts.
2: Two goals from last weekend’s series with the Beavers were power play goals, and both occurred on Friday night. Your goal-scorer each time was Minnesota’s Nick Bjugstad.
68: The total number of Minnesota shots in one hundred and twenty minutes played last weekend. That’s an average of 1.7 shots per minute, or spm if you want to go that route.
47: The total number of saves for Adam Wilcox last weekend at the Sanford Center, on fifty-one shots faced.
4: The total number of Minnesota power plays last weekend, where a power play only occurred in Friday night’s game. Minnesota went 2-4 on Friday night and was held off the board on Saturday.
6: Between the members of top lines last weekend, Minnesota had all six skating top linesmen score points. Minnesota’s Nick Bjugstad came away from Bemidji with five total points.
10: The total number of penalty minutes last weekend for the Beavers from Bemidji State. Eight of those ten minutes occurred on Friday night.
23: Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox recorded his twenty-second and twenty-third wins of the season in grand fashion in Bemidji last weekend. Wilcox rode the coattails of Nick Bjugstad’s power play tally to get a one-goal win Friday night.
A reminder: Next week at the WCHA Final Five, any game recap where Minnesota is not involved will be placed on the National page. That will also be the case for the NCAA Tournament, except Gopher recaps will be there too to keep things uniform.
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