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Bjugstad and Condon each score two to lead Minnesota over North Dakota

— The No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers might have stumbled down the national rankings since their 6-0 start to the season, but on this Saturday night, the energy and opportunism that fueled that hot start returned.

The Golden Gophers ended a three-game losing streak in a big way by toppling No. 17 North Dakota, 6-2, in front of 11,964 at Ralph Engelstad Arena, scoring more than five goals for only the second time since October.

One night after suffering a 2-1 defeat to bruising North Dakota, Minnesota rode pairs of goals from both Nick Bjugstad and Nate Condon to bury UND in their own building.

“We really played fast tempo and more physical tonight,” Condon said. “Last night, they kind of dictated the game to us, but I felt like tonight we just brought out our ‘A’ game and took it to them tonight.”

Minnesota struck first early in this one, with Kyle Rau setting up Bjugstad for a highlight-reel goal at 2:37 of the first period. Bjugstad took the pass and deked before tapping in a backhand shot passed UND goaltender Aaron Dell (19 saves).

Bjugstad added his second of the period with 19 seconds left, collecting a rebound in the slot and burying it.

Bjugstad’s two goals were just what the doctor ordered, allowing Minnesota to dictate the tempo while also quieting the raucous Ralph Engelstad Arena crowd that all weekend was fully loaded with volume, along with the occasional Gopher pelt.

“That’s a big thing,” Bjugstad said. “In this stadium, you have to get the crowd out of it. They’re into it, and they’re really loud, so it was good to get a couple goals right away. Last night, we got the first goal but really didn’t build off of it.”

The Gophers kept flying, adding two more goals in the second. Seth Ambroz finished off an odd-man rush with a weak shot from the right slot that caromed in off of Dell. Then Nate Schmidt’s rocket shot from the point seconds after a UND penalty made it 4-0 just shy of 23 minutes into the game.

“It was just a case of us not being prepared,” said Corban Knight. “Our preparation wasn’t there all day and it showed. We made some mistakes, and they were able to capitalize right away on them.”

North Dakota got on the board a few minutes later when Andrew MacWilliam’s point shot was deflected in by Michael Parks from right in front of Kent Patterson (24 saves) at 9:47 of the second.

Then, emerging from the penalty box after a minor penalty, Stephane Pattyn took a feed from Corban Knight and had a clean breakaway. He drew a penalty but hit the post on his shot attempt.

Danny Kristo capitalized on the ensuing power play anyway, making a game of it with a great individual effort. He brought the puck in, then asserted himself to center ice and wristed one off the crossbar and in, cutting the lead to 4-2 at 13:31.

That got the crowd back into it, but Minnesota responded. Condon finished a two-on-one with Ambroz, pushing the Gophers back out in front by three goals with 39 seconds to go in the second.

One night after capturing momentum in the final minute of the second, UND seemed to lose all hope of a comeback in giving up that goal heading into the second intermission.

“Making it 5-2 before the end of the second killed us,” said Kristo.

“We can’t have that against a team like Minnesota.”

Condon’s short-handed goal four minutes into the third rounded out the scoring. Condon took a neutral zone feed from Taylor Matson and fired one past Brad Eidsness — who had replaced Dell for the final stanza — for his second of the night and eighth of the year.

North Dakota did bring out their physical game once again Saturday, but Minnesota wasn’t intimidated. Instead, the offensive attack that propelled them to one of the best starts in program history allowed them to return to Minneapolis with a split and a fresh supply of confidence for the weeks to come.

In Saturday’s team meeting, Lucia said he compared the Gophers’ three-game losing streak to that of national runner-up Michigan, which spiraled into a seven-game winless streak earlier this year. Needless to say, the Gophers won’t have to worry about matching that anytime soon.

“We talked about how that’s happened to a lot of good teams this year, but we have to bounce back and find our way of playing again,” said Condon. “We just have to get back to the team we were at the beginning of the year.”

Bjugstad agreed. “We were playing physical, we were blocking shots and we were doing all the little things we needed to do.”

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  • suehater

    Stay classy North Dakota!

    • SUEH8TER

      HEY, YOU STOLE MY NAME:)  THAT’S OK, CAN’T HAVE TOO MANY SUE HATERS OUT THERE!!!  CLASSLESS CLOWNS!!  THAT IS HOW YOU DESCRIBE THE SUE.  CHEAP, DIRTY AND ALWAYS SOME CRAP IN THE HANDSHAKE LINE AFTER THEY GET THEIR HEADS HANDED TO THEM!  EVEN THE WOOGER POINTED IT OUT AFTER THE GAME IN THE POST GAME.  IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAPPEN ONLY ON NODAK!!!  WHY??  BECAUSE THEY ARE TAUGHT TO PLAY THAT WAY.  LOOK AT THEIR COACHES.  SOME OF THE CHEAPEST GOONS TO HAVE PLAYED IN THE WCHA!  WHEN THAT IS ALL YOU KNOW, THAT IS WHAT YOU TEACH!!!!!!

      • MNchokers

        Funny how you mention the handshake line, but forget to mention the chop to the back of the legs of Blood just seconds before the period ended. Typical gooph fan, only looking at what wronged you. And woog is a worthless piece of crap. Every time something breaks out between the goophs and the Sioux, it must always be ND’s fault. I remember a couple years ago woog saying there were too many Sioux players on the ice when a scruff broke out. No $hit woog, they were about to take a faceoff. 5 on 5. What an idiot. Its no wonder they took him off the play by play. Rambling stupid points that have nothing to do with what is going on in the game.

      • nogofer

        How does that split taste, CapsBoy? Splitsville…  Splitarama… Splitski…  Splitamundo… S P L I T …  Gimme an S, Gimme a P…

        And you’ve been gone so long we thought A) Your Mommy took your computer away, or B) you ordered a new keyboard and were awaiting delivery.  You need to get a keyboard cover because you obviously keep spilling “something” on your board…

        • SUEH8TER

          SPLIT IS FINE.  AS YOU RUBES IN THE FLAT LANDS LIKE TO SAY, ” WE OUT PLAYED THEM AND LOST SO WE MUST BE THE BETTER TEAM”.  YES, THE SUE GOT OUT PLAYED BOTH NIGHTS BUT JUST HAPPENED TO GET LUCKY FRIDAY NIGHT.  TAKING 3 OF 4 FROM THE SUE??  I WILL TAKE THAT ANYTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • nogofer

            Only two games were played last weekend.  S P L I T!  If that’s all the better you can muster against a team you say is so poor you best warm up your couches for your 4th year in a row WATCHING the post-season rather than playing in it…  SPLIT!

          • SUEH8TER

            3 OF 4 IS FOR THE YEAR GENIUS.  NOT EVEN YOU CAN BE THAT STUPID!!!!

          • B.D.

            Run a ten year average and recompute.

          • Phoenixfyre1313

            Road wins in the WCHA are a very rare commodity.  I will take a split on the road especially in building that is as difficult to play in  as North Dakota’s.  When these teams play it is generally a hard fought battle no matter the records of the respective teams.

      • nogofer

        Ah, does “Alt” ring any bells, besides the guys he hits from behind?  Typical hypocritical gofer goons…  Slash then whine about getting called out on it… 

        • SUEH8TER

          TYPICAL UNEDUCATED SUE FAN……  JUST LIKE A CHICKEN$HIT FIGHTER, TAKE YOUR SHOTS AFTER THE WHISTLE.  BUT THEN AGAIN, LIKE I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY COACHED TO PLAY THAT WAY.  LOOK AT WHO THEIR COACHES ARE.  ALL FORMER SUE GOONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ALL THEY NEED IS FINLEY TO JOIN THE COACHING STAFF AND THEY WILL BE SET.

          • nogofer

            It is Monday, when do your Junior High Classes begin, sister?

  • goofh8ter

    Another quality game by the former reigning WCHA goalie of the year.  Wow is Dell terrible.  I don’t know how many great “stay-at-home” defenders they need to throw in front of him to get his GAA and Save % to a respectable number but this is ridiculous.  For every good game he plays (Friday) he has a string of 5 terrible game.  Dude has been pulled 7 times already this year.  I believe the Sioux need to start recruiting some goalies ASAP!!!

    • GOGOFS

      You must not be much of a fan, they already have the goalie from Alabama Huntsville coming in next year …

      • Aaronj80

        Does he not have to sit out a year due to UAH discontinuing it hockey program?
         

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          No, since UAH said it was disbanding their program, he was free to transfer to any school of his choice and be eligible right away.

        • Anonymous

          Correct, he will be eligible immediately. Dell, Saunders, and Gothberg will be competing for the starting job next year.

  • UofMGoldenChokers

    Funny how sueh8ter (total spelling errors with name…..idiot) was not around to comment on their 3 game losing streak. Goes and hides like the typical gooph fan. But dont worry, the golden chokers will live right up to their name when playoff time rolls around. A match up with alaska anchorage again seems pretty fitting.

    • Guest

      You really know how to back up your points with some good evidence.  Not.  ”The gophers will choke like they always do.”  Yeah thats why the Sioux are playing so well this year.  Oh wait, they decided to choke for the entire year.  This is why this is my favorite rivalry in any sport.  Because the Sioux and their dumb *** fans are cheap and dont understand how to play the game correctly.

      • nogofer

        Gofers wrote the book on choking:  Witness the previous 3 years…  Case closed.  Hope you kept your couches so you have a place to sit during the post-season…

        • anom

          I forget, how many titles have the suezies won this century.

          • nogofer

            League and Tournament Titles just last year, as you watched from your couches…

        • Guest

          Once again typical Sioux fan.  Let’s look at this year and just this year.  In your right mind do you think the gophers will not make the playoffs?  Thats absolutely ridiculous because they are a top ten team right now.  And why do you think they would choke this year?  This year we have beaten our number on rival in 3 out of 4 games.  I wouldnt call that choking but I guess if I was as stubborn as you then maybe I would (I guess?)  So I am not gonna say something as stupid as “Hope you keep your couches” or some stupid **** like that because the Sioux could possibly make the postseason too possibly.  But if they do, they will lose because their goalie puts his head through his *** in every big game.

          By the way Gopher is spelled Gopher.  Not gofer.  Sorry they dont teach very well in North Dakota.

          • nogofer

            After losing to CC on Friday, the 20th of January, the gofers fell AGAIN in the pairwise and wouldn’t make the playoffs…

        • Ndbigguy1

          Because und didn’t choke the last 4 times they made the title game when they should have walked through it so who is the choking kings und enough said

          • nogofer

            UMtc gets the cream of the mn hockey crop, yet wins the NCAA tourney for the first time since 1980, yes 1980, only by using a kid from where? North Dakota!  Yes, the great UMtc had to bring in kids from North Dakota and Europe to win titles.  Without the input of the Potulnys and Vanek you gofer fans (yes, gofer gofer gofer) would still be dreaming of the 1980 Olympic Team (which also had a UND player on it) as your last great team.

    • B.D.

      That is because I suspect he is a homeboy with a pathological hatred of the team.  He is NOT for Minnesota, only against the Sioux.

      Probably sitting in Walsh Hall as we speak….

  • goodayforhockey

    C’mon kids.  Grow up.  Good college competition, exciting venue, week end split.  Good hockey.  

  • Kristobal

    Typical game at the Ralph.  Refs put their whistles away and let the Sue just take headshots and after the whistle shots both games. 

  • Something to think about…

    Funny things about North Dakota hockey:1. There is only one kid on the team from North Dakota and he is a senior. Will the Sioux have a kid from North Dakota on their team next year?2. Sioux fans put so much pride in their hockey team that they import from Canada and Minnesota. There are more kids on the team from California (yes, California) than North Dakota.

    3. The Sioux crowd chants, “Gopher rejects” to the other Minnesota schools. What should those schools chant when the Sioux visit – Canadian rejects?

    4. I don’t think the Sioux consider it a successful night unless an opponent goes to the hospital.

    5. The Sioux fans think they’re so subjugated to officiating when they are the dirtiest, cheapest team in the WCHA – probably the whole country…

  • Something to think about…

    Funny things about North Dakota hockey:

    1. There is only one kid on the team from North Dakota and he is a senior. Will the Sioux have a kid from North Dakota on their team next year?

    2. Sioux fans put so much pride in their hockey team that they import from Canada and Minnesota. There are more kids on the team from California (yes, California) than North Dakota.

    3. The Sioux crowd chants, “Gopher rejects” to the other Minnesota schools. What should those schools chant when the Sioux visit – Canadian rejects?

    4. I don’t think the Sioux consider it a successful night unless an opponent goes to the hospital.

    5. The Sioux fans think they’re so subjugated to officiating when they are the dirtiest, cheapest team in the WCHA – probably the whole country…

    • B.D.

      Hmmmm….  Lets just do a little analytical thinking here shall we?
      North Dakota which is a small state population wise has less than a dozen high schools with hockey teams.  Compare that to much more populous states.

      If we were to do the math in comparison, North Dakota (And Grand Forks in particualr) is significantly MORE represented in College Hockey, Olympic Hockey, and the NHL than any other state its size.  So, wagg on as much as you want regarding a olack of North Dakota players, the analysis does not back you up.

      Regarding the claim of cheap and violent play, sorry it is part of the game.  We see it from UM players as much as you see from UND players.

      Not really sure what you mean by “Subjugated”.  Please restate.

      • Something to think about…

        The definition of subjugated is: to be brought under control by something else. Read the posts on this website and the Sioux fans are always complaining about officiating directly affecting the outcome of the game. Sounds about right to me. Friday night’s missed icing call at the end of the second period was the most egregious call of the weekend.

        My point about Sioux hockey is simple. Why do people from North Dakota put so much pride in an imported hockey team from Canada and Minnesota? The Sioux roster is 46% Canadian and 27% Minnesotan – that’s 73% of the team. North Dakota hockey is anything but North Dakota, so why this great sense of pride? Gopher rejects, really?

        There are 17 high school teams in North Dakota (not the less than 12 you claim) and hopefully one player from one of those schools can carry the tradition.

        Here’s a question for you, B.D. Why would a higher learning institution (or anybody) support and embrace a Nazi sympathizer? Ralph Engelstad was a racist and it’s sad that he has such a grip on the Sioux program. He went out of his way to make sure it would cost a fortune to remove the Sioux logo from the arena he so proudly built while knowing the conflict it would cause. I would rather watch the Sioux play on a frozen pond than cheer so proudly in a building built by a man so flawed in his thinking. Google his name and read anything about him and you’ll find this true; Google his image and a picture of Hitler appears in the first row…

        Go Sioux!

        • B.D.

          Hey homeboy, good to hear from a fellow North Dakotan again….

          Sooooo… You assertion is the officiating is akin to slavery?  Interesting.

          Regarding the high school teams playing hockey. Of the seventeen teams your refer to, several are new to the game, small communities, and could hardly be considered to be division one in any other state.  Hazen-Beaulah, Bottineau-Rugby, etc,

          Do you have a problem with Canadians?  I do not. 

          THere is no evidence that Englestad was a Nazi sympathizer.  THe collecting of historical captured vehicles from that time period does NOT indicate sympathy.  If it did George Patton would be considered such.

          Sooo it is becoming clear that the axe you grind is that YOU are not playing or were some how put upon by the community.  I recommend you get over it or it will eat you up.

          • Something to think about…

            You’re taking things I say out of context. The word subjugated is a control term and not a slavery term. It’s sad that you’re bringing this up while you’re defending a man like Ralph Englestad.

            No axe to grind, either. I have a great family, two healthy and smart kids being raised by my wife who I think is an angel. I also have a decent job that allows me to do some very nice things and provide for that family.

            Behind Michigan, I think North Dakota is the second best program in the country. All I’m saying is that it isn’t a true North Dakota product. I’ll take our five championships and what Minnesota contributed at Lake Placid in 1980 over your seven championships with your imported team. My argument is pride, and that’s a greater sense of pride than anything at the Ralph. Actually, I want to ralph from what I’ve learned about the type of person Ralph Englestad was.

            The fact that you would put George Patton and Englestad in the same sentence is really pathetic. One man gave his life trying to destroy something that the other celebrated. Really, B.D.? Seek the opinion of a WWII veteran on that one. It’s unreal if you think Englestad was some how an honorable person – the dude threw multiple birthday parties to honor Hitler. THAT right THERE is REASON enough to DISCONTINUE thIS ConVERsation.

            Go Sioux!

          • nogofer

            So does mn using Potulny and Vanek to win titles diminish those titles?   Is 4 out-of-staters ok (like this year’s team), but 8 too many?  Is 12 too many?  The 23 year gofer title drought was solved by using non-mn players.  This mn kid argument was drafted during the Woog years (when only mn kids played gofer hockey) as a way to rationalize the title drought… 

          • Something to think about…

            You’re comparing 4 out of state players against 25?  You got me there.  Wow, I was so off base with my statement.  Thanks, nogofer for opening my eyes.

            Sioux roster that is from North Dakota: 3.8%
            Gopher roster that is from Minnesota: 85%

            I’ll be the first to admit that Grant Potulny was a great player for the Gophers and has gone on to be a great coach.

            Go Sioux.

          • nogofer

            I asked how many out-of-state players are too many.  The point is numbers.  Is 4 too many?  8?  12?  When do you say enough.  UMtc is minnesota’s team.  Given the players UND has on the roster one could assert the Fighting Sioux are America’s team…

  • Anonymous

    Minnesota has to much Talent/NHL Draft picks for the team that shall remain nameless to keep up with. The Gophers put on a clinic and demonstrated that Minnesota produces the best hockey players in the country, bar none.

    • B.D.

      Statistically the facts do not bear this out.  IF we were to spread this out over the past ten years and do a scatter plot it would not be the conclusion an analyst woud come to.  In fact, it would be more fair to say that this years games have been outliers in the data fields of the past ten years.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure exactly what are you disagreeing with. I’ll provide my research when I know what exactly what you’re questioning. The top 14 high school hockey teams in the country are from Minnesota. (the 15th being from Mass) There are more Minnesota players in NCAA Division 1 and in the NHL then from any other State… This is a little bit of where I was coming from. 

  • SUEH8TER

    FUNNY???  IF POOR LITTLE BEN BLOOD GOT CHOPPED, AS YOU SAY, IT WAS DURING THE GAME, NOT IN THE HAND SHAKE LINE WHERE THE PU$$Y SUE LIKE TO TAKE THEIR SHOTS.  IT IS ALWAYS SOME GOON GOING AFTER THE SMALLEST GUY ON THE RINK!!

    • nogofer

      Where have you been for two weeks, sister…

  • College Hockey Fan

    From the WCHA Website. 
    Penalty MinutesGamesPIMPIM/G1Minnesota 1627917.42Alaska Anchorage 1625215.83Minnesota State 1624815.54Minnesota Duluth 1624015.05Michigan Tech 1623914.96Denver 1622514.17North Dakota 1622414.08St. Cloud State 1622113.89Nebraska Omaha 1622013.810Colorado College 1621613.511Bemidji State 1621013.1Wisconsin 1621013.1

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