Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By FS NORTH STAFF  |  Last updated 10/19/13
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota's men's hockey squad won going away Friday night, thanks to a strong, final-period flourish.On Saturday night, the Gophers got down to business earlier. Third-ranked Minnesota (4-0-0) made relatively quick work of host Bemidji State Saturday, winning 5-1 at the Sanford Center. Sam Warning led the way for the Gophers, as he tallied a pair of goals. "We got good contribution from our whole team," said Minnesota coach Don Lucia afterward. "It was a good team win. "I thought we got better as the game went on," Lucia added. "We started to make more plays up the rink." The host Beavers (0-3-1), which feature nine Minnesota natives on their roster, actually dented the scoreboard first Saturday, off a goal from Jeff Jubinville early in the opening period. But Minnesota largely controlled play from there on out. Warning helped hand the Gophers a decisive, 3-1 advantage with 6:22 left in the second period, when he knocked home his fifth goal of the season. Minnesota's Mike Reilly ended any remaining suspense in the game when he fired home a laser from out deep roughly five minutes into the third period, giving the Gophers a 4-1 lead. Mike Kloos also added a late goal for Minnesota, capping his three-point night. Finally, the Gophers also got 24 saves from netminder Adam Wilcox, who is 6-0 in his young career against Bemidji State. "It's a great start for us," said Reilly. "We're getting contributions from each line; If we keep doing that, I think we're going to come out on top like we did this weekend." said Wilcox: "It was a good series. ... We've got a lot of scoring depth, especially with the freshmen this year -- it's really exciting to see. It's nice to be on the upswing." The Gophers return to action next Friday at 7 p.m., when they host Boston College at Mariucci Arena. The Beavers also return to action at the same time next Friday, at Alabama-Huntsville.
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