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Warning’s late goal sends Minnesota to sweep of St. Cloud State

— With a plus-47 edge in shots on goal for the weekend, Minnesota’s sweep over St. Cloud State wasn’t surprising.

The fact that the series still could’ve gone either way, was.

The Gophers completed the sweep of the Huskies with a 3-2 win Saturday night at the National Hockey Center, a night after Minnesota’s 2-1 win Friday.

Sam Warning sealed the deal on a goal with 1:19 to go in the game. SCSU’s last hope was an Andrew Prochno shot that struck the pipe head on and ricocheted away from trouble.

“It’s been a long time [since he scored a goal] so it feels pretty sweet,” said Warning. “But I thought the two points was bigger than the goal.”

Warning’s winner was his fourth goal of the season. The last goal he scored was 18 games ago against Vermont on Oct. 21.

On a 3-on-2 rush for the Gophers, Jake Hansen brought the puck in and passed to the slot for Justin Holl, who gave it up to Warning on the doorstep. Warning roofed the puck over a sliding Kevin Gravel and SCSU goalie Ryan Faragher’s glove.

“I have to give all the credit to Justin Holl,” Warning said. “He made a good pass to me [at the] back door and all I had to do was put it in the back of the net.”

Warning led the Gophers with seven shots on goal Saturday and six of them came in the third period, which doubled SCSU’s third-period amount as a team. Minnesota outshot SCSU 46-12 for the night.

But despite outshooting the Huskies 14-5 in the first period, it was SCSU that went into the first intermission with the lead.

Ben Hanowski brought the puck into the Minnesota zone, made a move on Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson, tried to go backhand and the puck bounced over Patterson’s left pad and trickled toward the goal line. Patterson lunged backward and tried to cover the puck, but it already crossed at the 13:54 mark.

The play was reviewed although the call on the ice stood. Minnesota coach Don Lucia wanted a penalty called on Minnesota’s previous trip down the ice when Nate Condon was hauled down by an SCSU player on the rush.

The Gophers tied the game nearing the midpoint of the second period, 14 seconds into their third power play of the game when Ben Marshall blasted a shot through traffic past Faragher.

Minnesota got another power-play goal with 4:12 remaining in the second when Kyle Rau found Erik Haula in the slot and Haula notched his 11th goal of the season.

“Even had something happened like a bad bounce and they scored, I liked the way we played tonight,” said Lucia. “We played a really good game tonight and we had to to eke out a win.”

The Gophers’ power play went 2-for-4 on the night. It entered Saturday’s game 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) since the Christmas break.

On the flip side, SCSU’s power play was non-existent in not getting many pucks to the scoring area and getting just one shot on net.

“A lot of times, the power play is part confidence,” said SCSU coach Bob Motzko. “Lately, it’s been a struggle for us, throwing the puck around the zone.”

The Huskies got an unlikely goal at the end of the second period when Hanowski carried the puck below the goal line and threw it toward the crease. The puck deflected off Patterson’s skate and in.

The game remained tied through the third period despite complete domination by Minnesota, allowing only three shots in the third period. What kept SCSU in the game was the outstanding goaltending by Faragher.

“We had a great goaltending performance tonight that gave us a chance from start to finish,” Motzko said.

Faragher made plenty of spectacular glove saves, highlighted by a save on Taylor Matson in which the shot hopped up off Faragher’s left pad and into the air. Faragher snatched the puck out of the air with his glove with Seth Ambroz waiting right at the side of the crease. He finished with 43 saves, the fourth time this season he’s saved more than 40 shots.

“Some of their chances were good ones and they kept me on my toes the whole game,” Faragher said. “That’s my job as a goalie. You have to put the team on your back when the bounces aren’t going your way.”

St. Cloud State travels to Wisconsin next weekend. The Gophers are off until Feb. 10 when they play at Denver.

“I always say that you have to play well to give yourself a chance, [but] it doesn’t mean you’re going to win every night,” said Lucia. “Tonight, we gave ourselves a chance to win based on how we played and based on how we played we deserved to win.”

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  • http://www.collegehockeypulse.com/ mrjakep

    Great way to head into a weekend off for the Gophers!  They should move to at least the 2 spot in the nation across the Polls and tied for 8th in the PWR is much better than the bubble 14th that they were at heading into the weekend!

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      That Dbag maturi must have something to do with that pairwise. You beat a team ranked 30th in the pairwise and you move up like beating number 1. It is absolutely pathetic.

      • Goldy

        But we did already beat the current number one team in the country…twice…

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          You speak like you beat them just last week. Maybe you should try playing them again and we will see what happens. They are carrying only 3 or 4 losses in the last 20 games. goophs have lost about 8 or 9 during that time.

          • SUEH8TER

            Now would be a great time to play them.  They peaked already.  Last week they struggled with a 2-17 team, at home and this weekend got slapped around by tech., at home, too!!!!!!!!!!!  Know what you are talking about before you come here and babble.

          • nogofer

            Hello Pot?  This is Kettle…

          • GeauxSioux

            No one cares about the Gophers.

          • The hockey guy

            The sioux wouldn’t even make the playoffs!!!

          • GeauxSioux

            Do you mean the NCAA tourney?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Id still bet on the dogs to eat the rodents. You obviously cant win every game, so when you only lose 4 games in about a 20 game stretch, you are doing pretty damn good. Goophs look liked they peaked around thanksgiving. They BARELY beat St. Cloud this weekend. St. Cloud is doing pretty bad this year.

          • Jason

            I would say out shooting them 75-25 over the weekend shows dominance, the fact that we only beat them by 1 goal is indifferent. You would have to actually watch the game and understand that running into a hot goalie generally makes things a little harder to score, but generally doesn’t dictate who dominates who.

          • nogofer

            You probably don’t understand hockey so that’s fine.

      • http://www.collegehockeypulse.com/ mrjakep

        I see the move in the pairwise as more of a “self correction” of the PWR then an actual move up.  Tied for 8th is a more accurate placement for the Gophers then the 14th that they were at on Friday morning.  

        Oh and just so you know some of us think Maturi is a dbag too!

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          I just think its a little odd that they move up so much after beating a weak team. I though the pairwise took something away for beating “weak” teams and teams that are not under consideration. And its good to know that others think marturi sucks as well.

          • Taylor Birkelo

            They are in a THREEE way tie for eighth place which could mean 8 or it could mean 10, in that case it would be a little gain which is normal, and the split with CC last week which is a good team and they were higher then them then. Learn your facts.

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Two way tie so 8 or 9

      • Taylor Birkelo

        Well the pairwise rankings havent even changed since friday so your wrong there. Also they hardly moved up from last week, a 10 jump would be a big one, but there was no such thing and since the Gophers beat the Bulldogs already when they were doing good which they are still, which I would know because I go to Duluth. They keep that advantage of beating them, it doesn’t just erase it’s self.

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Pairwise is updated after every day. They were 12 or 13 on friday, BARELY beat a weak St. Cloud team and move up to 10 before Saturdays game. Apparently they are not taking into consideration wins against teams not under consideration.

          • Phoenixfyre1313

            Of course UND moved up in the pairwise rankings too by beating a lousy Wisconsin squad at home no less.  However, I sure you feel that is justified.  Gophers took 3 of 4 from St. Cloud, you split, at home.  The score doesn’t matter, just the W.

      • SUEH8TER

        You are pathetic! How old are you??  Use a new name to call everyone other than Dbag.

        • nogofer

          Again:  Pot?  This is Kettle…

        • GeauxSioux

          This doesn’t even make sense and no one cares about the Gophers.

          • Goldy

            What do you mean “no one cares about the gophers”?

      • anom

        Pairwise is affected as much by what other teams are doing as by what your team is doing. Also it doesn’t take into account when you play a team. The whole season is equal.

  • beefheart

    A solid all around effort. Outstanding performance by Faragher. Very nice puck movement and some tenacity in the corners keeping it in the St. Cloud end, especially in the third….

  • Kylemetz22

    Funny how ND fans pipe in about the Gophers…Your garbage hockey team couldn’t even put out a full line of homegrown talent. Or lack there of I should say. Might as well call them the Minnenucks since half your team is from MN and the other half is Canadien. You have zero class as a team or as fans. It’ll never change.

    • nogofer

      Then why waste our time with your postings?  Or better yet, tell me again about recruiting only mn kids and all the hardware that Coach Woog won?  Nothing in the NCAA rules require state of birth or origin.  That is a mn creation to rationalize winning nothing since your ’79 title.  The subsequent 23 year-long drought was solved by a kid from NORTH DAKOTA and another from Europe! You class-less gofer fans embarrass hockey fans everywhere. 

      • Hockey25

        And how many titles does the HACK have? Time to shut your mouth or go hit someone in the hand shake line – talk about class-less!

        • Fan Man

          or HACK someone to the back of the leg….   Pure class there too huh!

        • nogofer

          Big talk hockey25:  Not only did your cheap gofer hack someone’s legs, but he did so after that gofer goon had left the bench, becoming the 6th man on the ice, then slashes/hacks (from the blindside) after the game is over.  You can shut your piehole until you have all the facts.  Cheap, sleazy goofer, AGAIN…

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Well who got the checking from behind, I think it was Kristo…. All the fights in the past have been started by classless North Dakota players, can’t even call them the sioux. The fans aren’t much better - throwing dead gophers on the ice, attacking fans in the bathroom. You guys are just to cool.

          • nogofer

            Mark Alt checking from behind on Saturday is the answer to your question.  (I think it is a question.  Is punctuation optional at Duluth?) 

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Does North Dakota have classes to educate bad hockey fans. I think you should sign-up.

      • UofMGoldenChokers

        Goophs fans think its terrible that schools would recruit from outside their state, yet when the goophs go ahead and do it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Weird how that works.

      • Taylor Birkelo

        You guys are all dumb, Grant was NOT even the best player on the team that, and no where did i see a name from Europe on that roster. What about Brooks he had an all Minnesota Team and he won three didn’t he. Born right in St Paul, im sure you have heard of him. You guys can’t even come at the state of hockey like that because, you guys don’t have a NHL team, we do, your high school hockey doesn’t even compare to ours and as it shows right now the two best teams in the Nation are in Minnesota. Maybe you guys should stop wasting your time going to UND and come to a real college, we’ve got plenty of them here, if you guys can even get in.

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Really? Where did Vanek come from? Europe? Idiot……..and you are a fan of the team?

          • nogofer

            Choker, we need to be nice to him.  He quit hockey in peewees and never got over it.  He is trying to live vicariously through a team from a school that I don’t believe he attends!

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Yeah I don’t go there, but I was born and raised in the cities where most people cheer for the gophers, still my favorite team, also if you wanna bring up where I DO go to school. Look at the top of the charts right now, which is affiliated with Minnesota. So if you wanna see North Dakota bow down to the Bulldogs, come to Duluth, Feb. 10th- 11th.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            ha……..oppressed feelings.

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Where did he go to high school, not in Europe and that was for only one of the titles, and how many kids does UND have to import from Canada???

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      Goophs fans are just jealous that they cant keep that talent in MN. You call blood a goon when he is on our team, yet if he was on your pathetic squad, you would consider him an intimidating player. I love how everyone thinks that ND is the only team that gets players from out of state. Funny, I was just watching Providence and Merrimack play, and there were some colorado born players on those teams. Weird, they must suck too because they are not using talent from with in their state. Seems your homegrown talent is lacking in championships as well. Last I looked, 7 was greater than 5. How many titles did that moron woog win with his all minnesota teams every year? oh yeah………….0

      • Taylor Birkelo

        YOU HAVE ONE SPORT THAT IS D 1. When you guys upgrade to a school like Minnesota who has won many titles in other D1 sports, you guys can come talk to us.

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Maybe you should go to the UND sports website and notice that all of their sports are D1. You are an idiot, arn’t you?

          • Taylor Birkelo

            This all coming from the kid who doesn’t go to college, by the way arn’t is not a word. I toured that crappy campus and never went back, and by the way the mentioned only 1 sport so you might have to run up there and have a talk with them about that and who has heard of the Great West conference???. Also maybe you should go back to that website and see ND had 7 National Championships, compared to Minnesotas 18+ Titles.

          • nogofer

            Do you have a remedial composition course you may attend?  Judging from your writings I would not hire you to empty garbage cans from my office.  But your composition skills do explain why you went to gofer-reject college up north…

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Funny since I got a 3.5 GPA in college. Bet you couldn’t even get in to UMD or U of M if you tried.

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Sorry i got facts to back me up and you don’t got nothing but say you work for a trash service. I  know it’s way harder to get in to UMD rather then North Dakota, its like a community college up there. Everyone who applys gets in.  #Getarealeducation

          • nogofer

            @ Taylor:  “…you don’t got nothing…”  “…I know it’s way harder…”  Are you certain you want to represent mn here?  You are not only an ignorant gofer hockey fan (and I use the term loosely) you also indict the mn education system.  I understand the occasional typo, but your drivel indicates that your education is far from complete.  Return when you grow up, sister…

  • Boucheville

    I’m flattered that no Gopher fans actually come and post anti Gopher rhetoric on a Gopher article instead of focusing on their own team whoever that may be. Say what you will but that’s a sign of envie and jeolousy of our program. kind of like everyone hating the Yankees. Anyhow the Gopher’s outplayed, and outhustled St. Cloud. They perhaps played one of their most dominating games of the year.Outshot them 46-12.  Farager kept them in it. And by the way their is a tremendous sense of honor and pride in playing with guys from your own home state. I know others can’t understand but perhaps if UND or Wisconsin did it, they would understand. To compete with the best in the nation with mostly Minnesota Boys is pretty special. Go Gophers!!!!

    • Taylor Birkelo

      Yeah and i bet it is nice to know that only 1!!! Person on North Dakota is actually from North Dakota and 7 from Minnesota. Shows where the real talent is

      • nogofer

        mn uses 4 out-of-staters this year.  How many is the limit?  I was searching the NCAA site to find out.  This only-mn-boy chorus was created during the 23-year-long title drought to rationalize winning nada… NOTHING…  Finally the coaches figured it out and brought in NORTH DAKOTA kids to help.  Learn your history, sister…

        • Taylor Birkelo

          Yeah Danny Irmen and Ryan Potulny were from North Dakota too and we see where that got them. NO WHERE. Your also wrong again they didn’t bring in ND KIDS it was KID!!! 1 SINGLE KID! I know my history, I don’t know where your getting yours, little girl in the prairie.

          • nogofer

            Danny Irmen and Ryan Potulny are two different people.  Therefore KIDS is accurate!  Plural…  You’ll understand that when you finish your remedial coursework, sister…

          • Taylor Birkelo

            They were after Grant and when they were in Minnesota, they didn’t win a title. I think that what you were talking about.

  • Lav

    Some people on here need to grow up. Great series and it helps the Gophers alot in the pairwise. St. Cloud doesnt have the best team this year but they always bring their best against UM

    • beefheart

      Well said, my friend.

  • MAineHockey

    UofMGoldenChokers, nogofer, GeauxSioux are all pretty embarassing hockey fans

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      And you must be the most amazing person on the planet then, right?

      • MAineHockey

         …..since that’s what I said

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Just what you are implying….

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Maine Hockey knows what up.

      • Taylor Birkelo

        Dude grow up

        • nogofer

          Pot?  Kettle?

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Never said why you are so creepy.

  • Taylor Birkelo

    Hey North Dakota Fans, you guys all have bad tempers like Ben Blood and got beat by the Gophers who I guess suck so much 3 out of 4 times this year ha and once by 6 to 2.Gonna get swept by the Bulldogs too. Sucks to suck don’t it.

    • nogofer

      Is English your first language?

      • Taylor Birkelo

        Do u go to college?

        • nogofer

          You should get your tuition refunded…

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Ha theres no point when your making the Deans list in college, but you wouldn’t know anything about that.

          • nogofer

            You have no idea how far in over your head you are, sister…  I’ll only illustrate one of many errors in your one sentence post:  You wrote “your”, the correct term is “you’re”…  Eng101 got you an A, congrats.  Now USE IT!

          • nogofer

            Stick with Engineering…Wait till you get to Analytic Geometry…

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Kind of creepy you know that, I never told you I was going to be an engineer. Ha and I did, would you like a copy of my transcript?

          • Taylor Birkelo

            It was WRIT1120 actually

          • nogofer

            As a freshman even you know you have taken no classes with any level of difficulty.  We’ll see IF you remain in Engineering when the grades don’t come so easily…

          • Taylor Birkelo

            Stalker^^^^

  • Taylor Birkelo

    You should be one of the last ones to talk about being ignorant, by the way I got an  A in my writing class. Sorry I have Minnesota pride and don’t like when other people are always bagging on other people. All you do week after week is bring down other teams like the gophers and the bulldogs when ever there is an article about them , I would know, ive read all of your comments. So you need to grow up and stop being a baby about everything, why don’t you just be happy about how well UND is doing instead of bringing every other team down. Anyways UND, Minnesota, and UMD are all great teams, and I really don’t mind cheering for any of those teams, including UND, because they are GOOD hockey teams. 

    • nogofer

      Nice back-handed olive branch…

      • Taylor Birkelo

        Is that all you have to say??^^^

  • nogofer

    Is that so we can read it to the gofer fans?

    • Taylor Birkelo

      See you are nothing but negative, this is why people don’t like North Dakota. The fans around the team are nothing but rude. Maybe you should take a look at that and see where Minnesota is, then try and find North Dakota.